Scene : A 2 year old and her mother are somewhere midway setting up the battle ground for what is generally the biggest combat between the two daily. Wait, scratch that. There is eating and then there is that other thing.... You know what, just scratch 'biggest' like altogether. Let's just say "one of those big" combats for the sake of continuity of conversation. Lights are off. Eyes are shut(well, there are ways of making parents believe so). Stage is set.
The mom(while caressing the little one's hair) : The cap seller was too tired and decided to take a nap under a tree....
The 2 year old (who is just about learning to talk and tries to say as much as she can using all of her vocabulary) is clearly not too happy about this caressing of hair business and promptly takes mom's hand off of her hair and places it on her tummy. Eyes still closed, mind you. And says, "Thoppe thattuuuu..."(which loosely translates to "Pat on my belly" or some such.)
Quite taken aback at this clear set of instructions, mom decides to pat her daughter's belly while continuing above story.
2 year old, after a minute : "Bus chollu... BUS!" (which loosely translates to "Sing wheels on the bus, NOW!" in toddlertongue.)
Seriously? Fine. Sings wheels on the bus.
2 year old : "Toly chollu. Cap toly chollu." (I want to hear the cap story)
OK that's it. Thine will not be done. Shows toddler who is the boss and that only wheels on the bus will be sung. Ends up going back to cap
A series of "kai ethukkooo..."(take your hand off of me!), "thol thaachi"(I want to sleep on your shoulder), "pillow down"(put me back on the pillow), "thallikko"(just move away, shoo!) follow and in general, it feels like 20 odd years have passed and somehow-god-knows-how, the toddler has just drifted to la la land.
Mommy heaves a sigh of relief, just loud enough for her own self to hear, petrified that the breathing might wake the mini up.
THERE IS A JARRING SOUND. SEEMS LIKE AN APOCALYPSE. Ok no, it's my PHONE. I press a thousand buttons in panic to shut that thing down.
Someone reaches for my hand, places it on their tummy and goes, "Thoppe thattuuuuu......"(Pat on my belly).