My daughter is having a sleepover at home today. It’s like the talk of the apartment. She has called a few of her classmates and some friends from the apartment, too. I don’t know many people doing the sleepover stuff in this conservative Chennai. Apart from my daughter, all her friends don’t belong to Chennai at all.
These girls are staying near by and they have been planning this sleepover party for more than 2 weeks now and finally they are coming home this evening. I’ve baked a chocolate temptation on the demand of my daughter and her friends. The whole idea of the sleepover party happening in my home, is the temptation of the chocolate cake. These girls are great fans of my cake. And what better appreciation can a baker like me can get !!! 😉
While I was thinking about the topic of sleepover, I’ve to admit that my thoughts did go back to my childhood. It’s quite natural, you see, for a person like me, who thinks that her childhood was the best. Even my daughters don’t enjoy the kind of childhood, I had. Sometimes, I feel bad for them. The world has indeed grown into a creepy kind of place, where mothers like me really get scared to send them out on their own.
When I was young, we were a group of 5 girls and 2 boys, if I remember correctly.
The whole street was our playground. There were not much cars around in those days. And our street was a quaint little one, where we knew everybody who lived there, in all the 15 houses.
There was this aunty who used to take Bhagwad Gita classes everyday, for half an hour. And all the kids in the street used to go for this class, to learn the slokas. I remember so well, that I did not understand the meaning many a times, but still I’ll go. It was fun being with all the kids and loudly telling whatever that aunty said. The best part was she’ll give something to eat, everyday. The starving kind we were, we never missed an opportunity to eat food. Even its a banana, we’ll take it happily and eat and feel good about it. There was no inhibition in taking from that aunty. Her husband was the cameraman for many movies and she used to tell us so many stories about it. We had an ear for everything.
Next to Bhagwad Gita aunty’s house, lived a family, who had a dog, Katie. So, that house was called Katie’s house. As if, Katie is the owner !!!! 😉 Katie was a Pomeranian and she used to bark at every shadow, cat, mouse, lizard – name it !!!! And when we are totally bored, we’ll hide behind Katie’s house compound !!! Smelling us, Katie will start barking !!! Then the lady will start shouting at Katie to stop it !!! And we’ll be having fun !!! So silly and simple fun !!! At that moment, it was enjoyment to the core !!!!
There was this house, in which one anna used to learn to play the flute. My God !! He played so well !!! The Swarajathi – Rara venu gopala – played on the flute is just divine to listen. Their house had huge pillars like how they have in temples. What else we need to play the seven corners !!! Whenever we want to play seven corners, we just go to this house and play while listening to flute !!! Even now, I can hear the music in my ears !!!!
The most interesting part of the playtime was on the afternoons during holidays. When the household is asleep, we’ll sneak into the kitchen, take stuff like rice, dhal, sooji, onions, potatoes, tomatoes and quietly smuggle them out of the house, without the knowledge of grandma and grandpa, who used to be in the bedroom which is near to the door. That was the first step of achievement.
Then all the friends meet under the huge mango tree in the street, to inspect the stuff which everyone has got from their home.
We all then decide, what to cook with the stuff we got – deciding the menu, with the ingredients at hand. I am amazed at my planning skills, thinking about those menu planning.
The major part of the decision is in choosing the terrace where we all put to test, our cooking skills.
We then make a temporary stove, with bricks on 3 sides and collect a lot of branches and light them. Using small vessels, we cook rice / upma / aloo fry – based on the menu and ingredients. My God, what a wonderful time we had. When we eat what we cooked, it really did taste delicious.
Hide and seek was another favourite game, where we can hide anywhere in anybody’s house. It’ll be damn difficult for the seeker to find the rest of us.
Running and catching has always been thrilling for us, for everybody tries to outrun the other. And we were quite fast too !!! Oh !! I wish that I can run at that speed now !!! Even before I start running a few metres, I am panting !!!! LOL 😆
My daughter’s friends have arrived and the chocolate temptation was a huge hit. The girls are actually telling me to start a bakery business. WOW !!! Girls, you are indeed smart. Giving me ideas on entrepreneurship. Should seriously think about this.
And we are going to Mac D for dinner !!! They’ve opened a new drive thru branch, near our home and the girls have been waiting eagerly for this outing, together.
Hope these girls will remember this sleepover, forever. And maybe they’ll be reminiscing about this, in their later years. 🙂