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Calendar: Stage V

A picture is worth a thousand words.  Does that mean 2 pictures would be worth 2000 words? Either ways, I have 4 pictures for you AND a lot of words. What can I say? I am a generous woman.

Anyway, today, after what seems like forever, the voice in my head finally won the battle of talking me into resuming work on Ka’s calendar. So, we brainwashed some more animals to migrate.


Mr. Long Neck just noticed His Highness behind the bush and isn’t particularly delighted. Maybe they just aren’t the best of friends.
Sneaky Mr.Alligator looks more than ready for dinner while poor little Fluffy the rabbit has no clue what’s coming! Mr.Frog can’t wait to slurp up Hearty the butterfly but looks like he doesn’t want to draw Mr. Alligator’s attention. Mr.Clappity the crab is bewildered by all these crazy animals trying to eat each other! I don’t think he approves at all. By the way, what’s the matter with Mr. Big Nose? Does he really think he can reach the grass that way? Really Mr. L.Nose? Men!!
Ms.Jelly is happy just floating around showing off her pretty tentacles. Starry has found himself a nice little cozy corner to call home. And Toto the turtle looks quite content with his life too.
Sigh! I have 12 more to go. I have to convince some more folks that this is indeed a wonderful neighbourhood. And then when they aren’t looking, I have to somehow tag them with numbers.  Without that what good are they to us?  Sounds unfair but if we lived in a fair world, I would be a famous woman and my picture would appear next to the words ‘lazy’ and ‘procrastinator’ in all the dictionaries in the world!!!
Mum and Bub · Paper and things


The thing about kids that amazes me every single time is their ability to stay on the sunny side of life. Ka was missing her grandma terribly who left for India a week ago after a 5 month long stay. She was upset that ‘Paati’ (grandma) did not listen to her and stay with us forever. She was disappointed that she couldn’t showoff  her school work everyday.  But, like all kids, she finally saw the bright side of it. She saw this as a golden opportunity to make some big bucks. She realised that Paati is not going to be able to help ‘Amma’ anymore. So she, the smarty pants that she is, jumps in and offers to help. In the sweetest of voice, she says,”Mommy! Now that paati is not here, you are going to have to do all the work alone. But then if you work so much, your back will hurt and you will get tired. So, I have a good idea. I can help you with a lot of your work and make lots of money.”
And so, this is what we came up with. A chore board, if you may. It has a list of chores she agreed or volunteered to do designed in a theme that she likes. What girl doesn’t like flowers, even if it’s just foam?

Here are the chores she picked…


Yup! As of now, ‘brush teeth’ is the most challenging ‘chore’. But it’s getting better. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. There’s definitely some hope 🙂 And then there’s the ‘clean up room’ part which is again a bit of a challenge. But there’s no harm in trying. Afterall, I am willing to pay for it!
I know the last one might seem like a bit too much of a task for a 4 year old but she loves cleaning. Just so, I don’t get arrested for child labour, this was her idea. And, she does not take no for an answer. So, please don’t report me to the authorities.
And then there’s also a flower pot with seeds planted at the bottom. Ka’s idea again. She wanted more chore flowers to bloom after some time. What can I say? I am just keeping my fingers crossed and hoping she will have the same feelings towards chores when she’s a teenager. Anyway, right there on the pot are 6 stars, one for each task. They are there, thanks to sticky back velcro. They will be gone in the morning and will slowly and, hopefully, surely reappear through the day as and when each task gets done. At the end of the day, Ka will get a quarter for each completed task. Easy peasey 🙂
And, this is the chore board with the chore flowers and chore seeds. Simple. And serves the purpose.  Don’t know for how long. But as of now it works like a charm…