Having bought the necessary stuff, I walked out of the store and turned half back toward Ayaan and held out my hand for him to hold, in preparation for crossing the road. The next thing I knew I was pitching forward off the pavement and on to the road. I had an instant of deep terror because I was headed for a face-down fall and that would have meant Tarana hitting the road as well. I somehow managed to pull myself back but I fell on my knees instead. Hard. But it felt worse than it was and in spite of torn jeans, badly scraped knees and a few wobbly moments once I managed to stand up, I was able to hobble home. Anyway, I am not complaining. It could have been much worse. Thankfully, Tarana was totally unhurt (thank goodness for the sling because I am not sure I would have been able to keep my grip on her) and there was no oncoming traffic *shudder*
Anyway, this post was supposed to be about Ayaan's reactions to my fall. This is how they went:
Shocked: Mama!!!!!!! (in a loud screech)
Apologetic: I am very, very sorry. Very sorry. (He thought I fell because he didn't take my hand soon enough, so I had to reassure him it wasn't his fault)
Concerned: Is it paining? Is there blood? Show me.
Preachy: It's because you are carrying so many heavy things. I told you not to carry too many things. (He so did not) Next time, carry lesser things.
Distracted: Mama, see that aeroplane! Mama, can big aeroplanes fly higher than small aeroplanes? What about medium aeroplanes? (I gritted my teeth and politely informed him that I was not up to discussing the intricacies of the the correlation between aircraft size and flight capabilities)
Impervious: Mama, let's have a race. Let's see who reaches the gate first. (My teeth were starting to hurt from all the gritting now and I informed him, much less politely, that any kind of speed was out of the question given the pain in my knees)
All of this happened in the five minutes we took to reach home from the scene of my fall!