My grandson though only four years old was quick with his retorts and repartees. Some of his instant replies have filled me with surprise and delight. Even if I had racked my brains for hours on end, I could not have come up with better responses than he did.
Once at lunch, we were having fried fish. He was a little clumsy. Reaching across the table to pick up the sauce bottle, he tipped and overturned the water-glass. All the water spilt into his plate.
My son gave an exasperated exclamation and looked at him angrily.
The child knew that he had erred. Not meeting his dad’s eyes, he replied:
“Daddy, the fish is swimming in the water!”
My grandson also loved to play at make-believe games. Sometimes he was an ice-cream seller, sometimes he sold fast-food. At other times he had a “Book and CD Store.” He would spread my son’s books and CD covers on the table and pretend it was a shop and he, the sales person. I invariably ended up as his sole customer.
When he came back, I teased him.
“What is this Mr. Shop-Keeper, you left your goods unattended. What if some miscreants had tried to loot your shop?”
Without pausing for a second, the clever fellow quipped:
“Madam, we have CCTV on all the walls in our shop. We would have identified the thief immediately.”
Story By: Soudha. Written By Gulsum Basheer@talkalittledo