It’s been a really long, long time since I last talked about Panshul.
So many things just battled for my attention that this blog took a back seat. In the process, I have missed documenting many a wonderful, funny, downright silly moments that Panshul gave us.
I am recollecting two such events that showed me how a 4 year old sees the world. Here goes –
How many Sq.Ft is this table?
A couple of months ago we were making plans to buy a new property. We were checking out property brochures, real estate portals, speaking to brokers and making our own calculations about carpet area, built up area and other pure real estate maths. Naturally, there was a lot of talk about square feet, the standard unit of measurement used in real estate to measure the area of a plot or flat.
By now Panshul, always listening and paying close attention our conversations had picked up a fair bit of real estate lingo.
So, on one Sunday morning when Pavan was busy at his desk with some unfinished office work, Panshul went to him with his ruler. Here’s what happened next:
Panshul: ‘Pappa, remove your hand, I want to measure this table.’
Pavan: ‘Why do you want to measure it now?’ I am working here, can you do it later?’
Panshul: ‘No Pappa, I want to do it now!’
Saying so he removed all of Pavan’s files and papers and started taking his ruler all over the table’s surface and announced confidently: ‘Pappa this table is 100-100 square feet!’
Panshul knew square foot was an unit of measurement and also knew that hundred was a big number. So his calculation of the big table – 100-100 sq. feet!!
Lesson for parents: be very careful when you are having a conversation in front of your child; his sharp brain will pick up each and everything that you say including real estate maths!
Mamma, are there two Suns?
This was just two days ago.
Our apartment building has just two houses on one floor. One house faces East and the other faces West. This means that the distribution of sunlight varies for each house from morning to evening. We live in the East facing house and receive most sunlight in the mornings and our neighbor Meghna and Suresh receive the afternoon sunlight.
And I must add here that Panshul LOVES Meghna, so much so that he will spend the entire day at her house, even eating and sleeping there. So, on one Monday when Panshul was at home, having skipped school due to allergic cough, he ended up as usual at Meghna’s place. Somewhere in the afternoon at about 3:30 pm he noticed that her house was much brighter than ours (All the houses in our building are well ventilated with huge windows; we get abundant sunlight making the rooms look as if they were splashed with sunlight) .
Panshul comes running back to me and says:
Panshul: ‘Mamma, is the Sun rising at Meghu’s (that’s how he addresses Meghna) house?
I: ‘No Panna, why?’
Panshul: ‘Meghu’s house is full of sunlight. There is no sunlight (by sunlight he meant sun rays casting their shadow on the floor and walls) in our house.
I: It’s afternoon now Panna, the Sun doesn’t rise in the afternoon’
Panshul: ‘No Amma, I think there are two Suns. One Sun is rising at Meghu’s house, our Sun is sleeping.’
I could only smile at his logic and make a mental note to document his (and I am sure every other toddler’s) way of looking at and understanding things around them.
So yeah, that’s my boy Panshul.
Do you also have a curios little toddler at home? Does her or his ways of thinking, doing things surprises you? I’d be happy to hear about it, please share them with me in the comments below.