So I'm putting Nino to bed after a rather long drawn reading of Poldy the Scarecrow, and he lays there in my lap, hugging my belly tires and running his hand over my arms, and well, chest. Yes, I have always called my chest a chest. It is the only way we (the nino family) refer to my rather generous udders.
He gently pats them, chanting "Lumps, lumps, lumps", all to the beat of his hand.
My drowsy ears perk up. "What did you just say?"
"Lumps, lumps, lumps."
There's this very unnerving tune that's running in my head as he answers, and I see Fergie gyrating to My lumps, my lumps, my little lady lumps - and alarms bells start ringing immediately.
"Who says lumps?" I prod gently.
"S" (name of teacher)
In the quiet that ensues, I imagine a heated verbal discussion with the said teacher who has been teaching slang anatomy to my not-even-three-year-old.
"S says we breathe with our lumps."
It takes a few second to sink in and then I'm laughing hysterically, Nino looking as me as if he's finally understood the meaning of crazy.
The bloody Gujju kid meant lungs.
"Lungs," I tell him, when the laughter is reduced to a bubbling in my throat. "Lungs."
"Lungs, lungs, lungs," he says, patting softly.
"Why are mummy's lungs big and soft?" pat comes the question.
"I'm different from you and Papa that' s why."
I'm a great believer in Freud, especially when it comes to gender obsessions (hello, it's a great conversation starter: plus he laid bare all the 'unmentionable things' about the male pshcye). Needless to say, it was Nino, who proved the law.
When he was about two, we took him to a mall in Chennai while visiting family. While he was being 'minded' by atleast two family members, I took off for the dressing room, to try some much needed bras.
I emerged to find the family in major panic: Nino was missing. Two minutes later, I found him in between racks of padded bras, standing quietly while feeling the smooth surfaces.
Since then, we've had our share of kids-say-the-darnest-things-kind of moments with various parts of the anatomy, though Nino's resolute favourite remain, ahem, my lungs. Told you Freud was right.
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