Here’s this month’s installment of wise quips from sonny dearest for you to enjoy. This month mostly revolved around his beloved planets and dogs and crazy names. Read on to know more of what sonny has been saying, all in a day’s work!
1. What’s in a name?
I was called “Ma”, “Mama”, “Mummy” once upon a time. Then I became “Daisy” for a while (Read the “About Me” page to know more about its origins). Then I was “Princess” for the most part of last month. Now I am not “Ma” or “Daisy” or “Princess” (Sob, sob for the last one!). I am “Saturn”! Not Venus (Remember “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus“?) but Saturn. I ask why, but why? And I am told that it is because Saturn is beautiful 🙂 and it has got rings on it! I don’t probe further, alarmed, in case the rings refer to the extra layer of adipose tissue in my midsection 😉
And the nomenclature doesn’t stop there. Sonny is not sonny anymore. He is Pluto (for some reason the kid really likes Pluto. Maybe because Pluto is an underdog planet, a banished one relegated to being a dwarf, I don’t know!).
And hubby dearest is Jupiter ’cause it’s the biggest one! Then his grandparents who were visiting till last week were Neptune and Uranus.
A typical evening conversation sounded like this at our home:
Pluto: Saturn, can we go out in the evening for shopping….oh, sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry! I mean can we go out in the evening to outer space?
Saturn: But Jupiter is not here. He hasn’t returned from office…ahem…I mean the milky way galaxy yet!
Pluto: Oh ok. But when he comes, we will take the red car..oh, sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry…the red spaceship and we will go to outer space. Will Neptune and Uranus go too?
Saturn: Yes, agreed. We will go to outer space in the red spaceship when Jupiter comes back. Uranus needs to rest, so we can’t take Neptune and Uranus today….
….I am just glad our walls are not too thin. Or people will change our surname to “Wagle” from “Wagle Ki Duniya” soon 😉 .
2. Can anyone find us a real life “Clifford” Dog, puh-leez?
Of late, sonny has become very persistent in demanding a pet dog. And despite my reluctance to get one due to the extra work involved in dog care (After all I am the one who ends up becoming sonny’s mess cleaner-upper, remember?), I had grudgingly started giving in, at least in my mind that is. I had accepted that a puppy would become our reality soon, when one fine day, sonny decides to provide us with exact specifications for the dog that he wants.
Here’s the conversation that takes place:
Pluto: I want a doggie, Saturn. Please let’s go shopping and buy a doggie.
Saturn: Let’s wait for Jupiter to come from office and you can tell Jupiter what you want.
Pluto: Yes, I will tell Jupiter. I want a doggie. A big, red, giant doggie.
Saturn: A what? Red one? Are you sure?
Pluto: Yes, a big, red doggie. I want the biggest one!
And when Jupiter came back home from outer space in his red spaceship 😉 , Pluto repeated his request after the perfunctory “Saturn, see. Jupiter is here!” statement.
And he has been repeating the request consistently, ever since.
Surprisingly, though, sonny has never seen any of the Clifford cartoons or read the books. He simply invented a big red dog in his head because red is his favorite color!
Our problem is a complicated one. How on earth will we find a big red dog? Knowing sonny the way I do, I know for sure that the reddish-brownish hue of the so-called “red” dogs will simply not do! It has to be a bright red dog, like our bright red car, nothing less!
I guess we better go to outer space (Mars, perhaps?) and find a big red dog for our Pluto because going by the trend, I don’t think earth dogs will suffice…unless you know Clifford’s address that is 😉 !
3. His Royal Highness
This is before sonny became Pluto. There was a time when sonny was transitioning from “Prince” to “Pluto”. And in the process, he tried out various names and name combinations before settling on Pluto.
This is a conversation which took place while I was trying to get him to finish his homework a couple of weeks ago:
Ma: Calling astronaut sonny, please land on Mercury and trace the number 22. The Mercury people are fading away! Help!
Sonny: I am not astronaut sonny, I am astronaut prince.
Ma: Oh, I am sorry, calling astronaut prince. Help, save us!
Sonny: I will save you. I am a hero.
After completing a few numbers:
Sonny: See, I saved the Mercury people. I am a hero!
Ma: Of course you are! Calling Hero Astronaut Prince. Now, let’s save Venus people. Trace the aliens!
Hero Astronaut Prince saved a few more aliens by tracing the number 22 for a few more lines. Then suddenly he realized that he is was not just a hero, he was a superhero.
So from then on for the next few lines, I had to address him “Hero Astronaut Super Prince”.
It went on like this for the next couple of numbers when he remembered that he was transitioning to “Pluto”!
So I had to add one more word to his name. It stood at “Hero Astronaut Super Prince Pluto”. Phew!
That one-page homework took an hour to complete, not because sonny was reluctant to write, but because I fumbled many-a-times while getting his name right. And he made me repeat it, just like I do when he writes a letter wrong 😉 Talk about Karma!
It was exhausting for me and taxing for my limited memory cells!
But I was glad that the name was only 5 words long. Imagine if I had to address him “His Royal Highness, Hero Astronaut Super Prince Pluto” after every sentence!
But thankfully, that fad faded away as quickly as it arrived and he settled for “Prince Pluto” for the next 3-4 days before eventually becoming simply “Pluto” (During that time, I was addressed as “Princess Saturn” 😉 ).
4. More Homework Troubles
This is from yesterday. We had a very busy weekend, lots of traveling and visiting friends and family, which essentially meant that sonny and I did not get any time to complete the weekend homework. Just before bedtime, I decided to give it a try. And sonny settled down to complete his homework without much fuss (thank god!).
The homework sounded simple enough when sonny was in the mood, that is. He was supposed to write the numbers from 1 to 20. Easy-peasy!
But the trouble was that, like every day, I had to make up a story revolving around planets to get him to write the numbers. He settled for a simple story of renaming each number to a planet.
So 1 became Mercury, 2 became Venus and so on.
1 to 8 was written in a flash. Mercury to Neptune over.
Now, it was the turn for the dwarf planets. I didn’t remember many, but still I tried.
9 – Pluto
10 – MakeMake
11 – Haumea
12 – Ceres
13 – Eris
14 – Milky Way Galaxy (okay, okay, I cheated here! What else was I supposed to do, I could not remember any more planets, you try to get till here and then roll your eyes at me ;)Sonny bought it, though 🙂 )
15 – I thought hard and settled for Andromeda Galaxy (Sonny bought it).
16 – Then I ran out. I thought hard for this one. I finally volunteered Orion Belt Constellation…sonny wouldn’t agree to it. Then I tried “Big Dipper”. No way! Sirius? No, who is serious? Sonny asked. I tried Milky Way again. Sonny remembered it was already used and pointed out to number 14.
Then I tried Hailey’s comet. He agreed! Thank god!
17 – As a whim, I tried to add “Comet” to Greek names. “Aristotle comet?” I volunteered. He agreed.
18 – Plato comet? Yes again.
19 – Socrates comet? No, he balked. Damn. What’s wrong with Socrates? I decided a random word “Celeste Comet?” He agreed.
20 – I tried another random name that came to my mind and this time added “planet” to it instead. “Medusa Planet”. Yes, Medusa. He agreed. Oh, thank god!
And the homework was done. Next time, I will try to mug up valid planet names. I cringe imagining sonny fighting with his classmates in future, debating furiously about the existence of one Medusa Planet, which is the home for all snakes! 😉
Know of any other ways to get sonny to finish his homework? I surely would appreciate all inputs 🙂