Me: Hullo… Ma!!
Mom: How many times have I told you not to throw things on the kitchen floor!!
Mom: Oh not you.. I was talking to the maid. What are you up to? Is your nose blocked??
Me: Nothing much. Caught a cold.
Mom: How? What were you doing?
Me: It’s so cold here at 2000 meters above sea level Ma….. haven’t seen the sun in a week, continuous drizzle and the cloud that refuses to lift leaving us with a visibility of less than 20 meters. It was inevitable.
Mom: But, what were you doing? Why won’t you wear warm clothes or take a quilt at night?
Me: Ma the quilt is damp and not really very clean it seems.
Mom: What do you mean it’s not clean? They are all clean! I have put them in the cupboard.
Me: Ma.. remember I am not at home?!
Mom: Ohhhh yeahhhhhhh…. I don’t know why you want to do that?? Catch colds in summer, not wear proper clothes…. never listen to me….
Me: By the way Ma… Happy belated Anniversary!
Mom: Ohhhhhhhhh .. SO you remembered now! I was waiting to see when you would.
Mom: Your Dad never remembers! In all these decades… never once! Only Golf, Golf, Golf!
Mom: Even your Mosa (Uncle) was here that day… He also had no idea!
Mom: Rusty (my little cousin brother staying with mum) and Abhinav (my brother away at college) will always stay in their own worlds.
Me: Ma.. do you want to say ‘Same to you’?
Mom: You!! I expected better from you! You called me that day and spent an hour telling me all your stories, but you never remembered! I was waiting to see if you would!!
Me: MAAA! Do you want to say ‘SAME TO YOU’???
Mom: heheheHAHAHAHEHEHEHEheheheheh(gasps) hohohohohehehe
Mom: hehehahahaha…. RUSTYYYY..(sounds of running feet toward Rusty’s room)…..hehhehehehe
Me: Yup! People who throw stones must check the strength of their glass walls!!
Mom: Nonononono!! Ask Rusty! Me and Rusty and Papa called and called you guys, but your phone was not reachable! Who told you to stay in those mountains??
Rusty: YES WE DID!!
Me: Ma… I also called you and Rusty that day. Both of you spoke to me for an hour each with all your stories and never remembered.. ok?!
Mom and Rusty: sotto voice Mom: Why didn’t you remember?
Rusty: Why would I remember?
Mom: Hah! Otherwise you remember everything!
Rusty: She is your daughter!
Mom: She knows we didn’t call.
Rusty: Don’t admit it!
Me: I can hear both of you… you know!
Mom and Rusty: …….Silence…………
Mom and Rusty: ……….snorts and giggles …….. HOHHOHHOAHAHAHAHAHAHAHEHEHEHEHEHE
P.S. Mum’s and Dad’s wedding anniversary was on the 19th of July. Mine was on the 24th of July.