Tuesday, April 3, 2007

A day to remember !

It was on that day when my driving license application -after a test was rejected (for the second time !) I took a solemn pledge that I will see to it that my children learn to drive a bike , car , and may be even pilot a plane by the time they are 18 yrs ...

And today ,April 03, 2007 .... sashvat was able to ride his bicycle sans the trainer wheels !! He didnt realise it till I told him ..He thought someone was holding him  He was indeed riding on trust -alone .

Once he realised I was no longer holding , he jumped off the cycle .Sigh.Takes after my side of the family for sure .

Shakti had to come up with something to outshine Anna ,as he was getting all the attention and hugs ...Never the one to let me down -she called out " amma , see I can balance with the trainer wheels on !"

Dejavu .. my own experience of learning to ride a bicycle ..when I was in first year college ...( better late than never )

Somehow the concept of using brakes never appealed to me .The only way I would stop was either by crashing on somthing / somebody or simply jumping off .

And all this for an audience - my four giggly sisters and my father gritting his teeth in utter shame !

We are all in splits even now when we  recall the day I went around an old lady several times not knowing how to stop.. with a basket on her head selling " keerai " with the good intention of not crashing on her ..
But the old lady , like the rest of the world which always misunderstands my intentions -  thought I  was teasing her ,especially since she saw the four foes ( a.k.a my sisters   ) rolling with laughter .

She gave me the choicest of  gaalis in chaste Madras bashai ....Everything happens for the good ( of others in this case !)

Never  the one to give up  we tried our hands at a scooty ... I was very good at getting it started but cant stop ...and my sister was good at riding it -being the well balanced person she is . It must have been a sight ! I used to start and very graciously take the pillion and let my sister ride ! We always went together whereever - Dont you know  it takes two to tango ?

Years passed by , ...I thought with such a loving husband and no necesscity to balance ...driving a car would be easy .
Alas ...the gear , accelerator ,and the brakes ( the villain !) got the better of me ....
Being the second year of marriage there was lots of romance everytime I went on those practice sessions with DH ..but didnt last too long ... I had to choose between my marriage or driving skills ! I chose to drive him around and continue to live as a happily married couple .

He is married . I am Happy .

Deserved it for not heeding my experienced friends advice on hubbies being terrible at teaching their wives to drive .

My so called morale booster - my husband -never fails to remind me of the incident when I hit a scooterist at south end circle and said "it is ok -dont worry '' without for a moment realising they should be the ones saying that !

Unrelenting - I tried once again after four years ...encouraged by Suresh , who used to Drive my DH to office . He too tried teaching me but he could speak only Malayalam and I ran the risk of driving off to TRICHY when ever he said 'tiruchi" in Malayalam ( This PJ is my DHs )

This time I did the test well -did all that was asked but did an awful reverse ..Just  how do I explain to the RTO that I am a very forward looking person and really dont believe in reversing !

Riding a bike , driving a four wheeler -not for me in this janma ...May I add to this list typewriting ( my little finger got stuck in the Brother machine and I came home bleeding .) and walking with sunglasses .  Bizarre sounding though ,I simply become deaf when I wear sunglasses and cant hear a thing !

Therefore I took the pledge to equip my children with all the above skills before they are 18 !And today April-03,2007 I have moved an inch Towards my goal ...Congrats Sashvat !