The Resident Tornado
Every morning my day begins on a happy note even though I wake up all groggy. I, inevitably, get up on the wrong side of the bed, precariously perched on the edge of my bed. Since I sleep on the 'upper' bunk , it is a bit dangerous! Talk about living life on the edge!😎 Being the youngest in the family of four, I constantly get scolded for either doing something or not doing something! It confuses me sometimes as I just can't fathom where exactly did I go wrong!!! 🤔 When the exams got over and results were out, I was so excited to go back to school. We were all prepared with our brand new uniforms and hand-me-down books, new school bag and stationery, even new tiffin boxes! I'll probably be in a different section this time and even my friends may not be with me. But I was still looking forward to being in class 5 - my last year in primary ( elementary) school! Oh God! I feel so grown up suddenly! Maybe people will take me seriously now.(My mom takes me way too seriously, by the way!) I envy Didi. She is going for a sleepover tomorrow and as we tuck in for the night, I ask her what she and her friends plan to do all night. Of course she didn't tell me anything except ," Random things! We haven't planned anything really!" So my curiosity wasn't satisfied but I didn't ask her anymore. I got back to reading my book. Next morning as we gathered at the table for breakfast, mom told Didi her sleepover is cancelled ( Yes! 😋). Didi was upset but when papa explained why, we both sobered down. I didn't feel so good about it anymore....😐 Papa told us that because of a deadly virus called Covid19 people were falling ill and dying in large numbers! So, it had been advised that everyone should stay indoors and observe ' self quarantine ' for the next few months. In a short time the quarantine was enforced by the government forcefully as people were still not following it voluntarily. As a result, schools closed down indefinitely and so did offices, malls, markets, restaurants.... Basically we were confined to the house! We could not even go to the park to play or go out for a walk! I wondered how we would survive this! Well, I'm used to being home and I keep busy reading, writing my blog, drawing..... I added some new words to my vocabulary too- coronavirus, lockdown, quarantine, chloroquinine , contagious.... Yes, all related to that viral infection which changed our lives! I guess this is how caged animals feel... I don't think I would enjoy going to a zoo ever again! The school started online classes for us which kept us busy all morning. I still had the rest of the day for other activities! I'm fine with the lockdown even though mom is constantly watching what I'm up to! I don't know how I get caught every time?!!
Can you tell me????? I try so hard to to things quietly.... And yet! 🙄 How does she even get to know !! I like experimenting and exploring which generally leads to being caught by mom at the worst possible time! Mom says I'm too curious.... Well, either you are curious or you aren't! What is 'too curious'? I want to ask her but maybe Papa will explain better... Mom really appreciates my knowledge about 'stuff', you know 'trivia', because I enjoy reading, especially the encyclopaedia. But she thinks my spellings need more practice.... So do my drawing skills.... I'm home 24/7 but my to-do-list keeps getting longer! 😱 The day I dread the most is when mom declares cupboard checking! Oh no! I need to get working on that! As my clothes tumble out of my cupboard, I sit and wonder where to start..... I organise my stuff every week but it still ends up looking like the room was struck by a tornado! Papa told me I should separate similar items into neat piles, like tee shirts in one and socks in another pile. I do exactly that but things end up in a mess in 2-3 days! There's method in the madness which is my way of organising but apparently (my favourite word these days!) it's never organised enough.... 😖 Maybe when the quarantine is over and school starts, mom will notice me less! I do hope so.... Till then I have to stay true to my nickname- resident tornado 😈