We were reading a book the other day that had an unicorn in it. I explained to the boys that it was called a unicorn because it had one horn. So uni indicates one. That was that.

Then, day before, we went to Cubbon Park in the evening. Sid as always was drawn to the warm and smoky corn stall where the fellow was roasting corn on some coal and selling it. “Aai” he said most innocently, “can we please get a unicorn?” “What?” i asked him. “Unicorn aai…one corn …bhutta (corn in hindi)”

I have no idea whether he meant this as a joke or simply had mixed up the meanings but it sure had me in splits. I know that ‘bhutta’ in now simply going to be unicorn for me from now on.


About myfourboysandme

Mom - a word that defines me... I smell of oats, johnson's and home baked cookies I am pink, purple, green and orange and so is the floor my kids color on. Flour on my clothes and a brush in my pocket, my glasses bent out of shape and smudged with tiny fingerprints. I can't remember the date but i know almost 40 pictures books by heart. I wake up humming 'wheels on the bus'and i talk with my fingers and eyes and mouth. My bag carries band aids, napkins, wipes, crayons, papers, candy and sometimes my wallet. I know all the parks and very few of the restaurants in my neighborhood. Most of my shopping is diapers, books and paints My phd certificate lies in a roll, the frame now contains an abstract work of art by two year olds and i am prouder of that piece of paper. mom - a word that defines me!

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