The teacher

slice of life fiction

The Teacher

Sangita’s eyes drooped. Who ever said sleep deserts the old, she thought to herself, as she struggled to keep her eyes open. There was a time she could stay awake well past midnight, waiting for her husband to get home from his shift at the steel foundry. But now, come 10 o clock and she was asleep already.

Nani ma you need to pay ATTENTION!” Pia’s plaintive cry snapped her eyes open. This little granddaughter of hers – what a delight she was and how determined, just like her mom… and like me too. She smiled to herself. Oh the wars she had fought with Pia’s mom! There was the great tattoo fight and the late night curfew battles…..

Nani ma you are dreaming again.” Ah Pia..

“Come on. Hold the pencil like this and copy that first letter once more. Remember I told you it stands for the sss sound in your name? And that dot on top – that’s for the nnn.”

“Just three letters Nani ma and then you can sign your name,” enthused Pia, “Wouldn’t that be wonderful? Then you can learn to read. You can read up new stories to tell me.”

Sangita looked indulgently at the eager face staring up at her. She adjusted her glasses. She had been trying but those squiggly letters refused to make sense.
“I am too old for this, darling,’ she said with a sigh.
“But you say one is never too old to learn new things. You don’t know what you’re missing. Come on, take the pencil and try again, please,” begged her granddaughter.

She couldn’t say no to the fervent entreaty in the those honey brown eyes. Struggling to put herself in Pia’s tiny shoes, to feel at least some of her enthusiasm, Sangita wrapped her bent old fingers awkwardly around the pencil and began to write.

It’s Day 5 of the #BarAThon Challenge from 1st to 7th August 2016.
The prompt for today is ‘Tiny Shoes’.

I am with Team #CrimsonRush

BAR-A-THON

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38 thoughts on “The teacher

    1. Beat About The Book Post author

      Thanks Rekha. Yes that’s right – they would do anything for the little one.

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    1. Beat About The Book Post author

      Thanks Shilpa – I had that exact same picture in my head though in real life it’s my mum who is the teacher.

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  1. Jaibala Rao

    Ah! Grand Parents can go to any extreme for their kids. Loved this post so much Tulika, I remembered my Nani and yes S’s Nani also is just the same, she is learning phonics now with him.

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    1. Beat About The Book Post author

      Thanks Upasna. I was quite at my wit’s end with this prompt. And yes grandparents hold a special affection for their grandkids.

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    1. Beat About The Book Post author

      Thanks Vinodini. She’s lucky for sure. In fact both of them are lucky to have each other.

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  2. Vidya Sury

    Super sweet. I will be exactly like Sangita if I were a grandmom… except I would be taught something else. Love the post, Tulika! Brought back memories of my own Grandma who pretended not to know just so I could teach her!

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    1. Beat About The Book Post author

      Aw your grandma was so sweet. I can quite imagine the scene. Your grandkids will probably be teaching you some outlandish computer fundas. Get set.

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  3. Uma

    Such a sweet story, Tulika. A very refreshing take, indeed! btw, wanted to ask, what are these teams you guys are part of?

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