Tarana is getting quite a reputation in the family for her retorts and comebacks. It is not unusual for a phone conversation with my mom to begin with her enquiring about the latest mad things Tarana has said. Here are some of the ones that I can still remember from this year:
We have returned from a round grocery shopping and my arms are laden with bags.
Me: Tarana, can you please call the lift?
Tarana: Lift! Come!
Me: Your eyes are for seeing, your ears are for listening and your nose is for smelling.
Tarana: No, Mama. My nose is for digging.
Tarana has abhorred head baths since she was born and has bawled through almost each one of them since then. At 4, she is still exercising her lungs when it comes to getting her hair washed.
Me: Tarana, it is time to have a head bath.
Tarana: I am going to go and live at Arvind's (school buddy) house and never have a head bath ever again.
Me: But Arvind's Mama washes his hair every day.
Tarana: *is rendered uncharacteristically speechless*
Two days later, her dad is dropping her to school and has managed to get on her wrong side.
Tarana: Dadda, you are very naughty! I will send you to live in Arvind's house and you will have to have a head bath everyday.
Me: I am going to call you Whiny because you are always whining.
Tarana: Then I will call you Shouty because you always shout at everyone.
She is conversation with her dad, over the phone.
Jai: Tarana, what are you doing?
Tarana: I am talking to you.
Me: Tarana, have you washed your hands?
Me: Can I smell them?
Tarana: I think I will go and wash them again.
Tarana: Where was I before I was born?
Me: You lived in Mama's stomach.
Tarana: Where were you before you were born?
Me: I was in Patti's stomach.
Tarana: But you're so big. How did you fit in Patti's stomach?
Jai: Tarana, can you get that book and give it to me?
Tarana: *in a strident tone* You have hands! You have legs!