Friday, 9 July 2010

Thirteen terrific years

Yep. That's the number we are at now. It was July. It was the 11th. It was 1997. It was swelteringly, disgustingly hot. Somehow, despite it all, we got married (and I survived the Kanjeevarams!). I still feel it ought to have been special in a more personal sort of way. But then I recall that I have thoroughly enjoyed all the weddings I have attended, even the conventional sort of extravaganza, wherein the bride and groom are side-lined and the family goes crazy doing what families do. It has been forever too. I think I am fine with it. I have lost the urge to hop off to Vegas (or similar) for a re-do. I do think occasionally of somehow 'renewing our vows' in some meaningful manner, but not really done much about it. I do have a plan, based on a book I read recently, but right now it feels a bit selfish, that plan.

I could go now and get him a gift. What? Cannot think of anything. It has to be something thoroughly silly, because that is what I do. That is my place in this scheme of things. But he is hard to please. Completely fussy about clothes and so on. I have done the photo in frame of monster and me theme to death (he loves them, they are all over his office). Oh will figure something out!

We were discussing plans of what we could do (considering various constraints, such as the FIFA world cup game and the plan of travel - not me! him!). Something involving basketball? Dinner perhaps? Dancing (sure, right, like I would! no way! I wouldn't!)? The monster got pissed off instantly when we said we would go without her. I won't make you a card, she pouted. Whatever, girl, we don't need your card! Silly child.

Mum-in-law is bound to figure out something nice for lunch. Including something sweet, as is the custom. I will act as her assistant, per usual. Yes, a nice family lunch, wherein we resolve not to lose our temper at the child. Yes, that will be a good thing.

The world's leading feminist (I mean me, I feel like I have the only patent on it. That my brand of it is the only one that makes sense. That everyone else's feminism is flawed in some manner), I declared this morning 'You are the guy, you figure out something' Riiiiiggght like that is going to happen!

On the other hand, I think, its no big deal. Thirteen is just a number. Its a lifetime already and a lifetime ahead of us as well. Every time I think of him, however angry I am at some silly stuff, or however happy I am with some silly thing, I think of how any other life would have been impossible to bear. Sometimes, for all my talk about my dad and mum and my childhood and the wonderful role modelling and atmosphere and all that, I feel that if not for him, I would have been a very very different Kenny. My confidence, my independence, my creativity, these and a million other things I owe to him.

I used to feel a bit irritated when I first had the monster, with the fact that she looks so much like him. Everyone would instantly react with this observation (and also add that this was very lucky for girl children, to look like their fathers). I was sleep-deprived, humongously fat, had raw nipples, my hands seemed to smell constantly of wet wipes, couldn't work more than an hour at a time, was constantly worried about colds and sneezes and everything about that tiny girl, and then people would come up and proudly say this. I felt like hitting them. You would, till recently, have heard me crib (although I have gotten rid forever of wet wipes now) that for all my effort, least she could do was to look like me.

Then I had this brainwave. Every time I look at her now, what do I see? I see her father! Who is, love of my life, and soulmate of mine and together for ever and constantly having stars in my eyes for him and so on. And then I was like, Dude, this is the best thing that could happen to you. So thats awesome! (Hope the monkey gets around to making us a card!).

Cheers mates, its anniversary weekend at Kenny's! Will involve much running and basketball and chocolate!


SrgntPepper said...

congratulations. have heard of two new beer joints in bombayland that are cheap and play good good classic rock.

pls to come togethers, and we shall celebrate the baker's dozen.

kbpm said...

SrgntPepper, Tks! Will do! I am doing only day trips of late. :(

dipali said...

Awwwww! You are such a softie:)
God bless you both, and your delightful Monster. I hope she does make you guys a card:)

Rohini said...

Happy anniversary!

What is it with kids looking like their dads. Both my little traitors look like theirs.

Sands said...

Happy anniversary. May you have many many many more and some where you can do a meal just between the two of you :)

Sraikh said...

Clinks glasses. I feel the same way about the anniv. It's a number, a whole lifetime gone, another one waiting..We will be celebrating out 13th come Nov. :)

The monster's threats are funny. My 3rd born threatens with me naps, if I dont let him do XYZ. He would say, Okay Mama, I am going to my room and sleeping and not talking to you. I am like Bye bye Neil.

Jeevan Baretto said...

Congratulations Kenny! You rock!

ChoxBox said...

Congrats Kenniness, to you and your man.

And same as Ro - mine too.

kbpm said...

peoples, thanks and stuff.
i am back from my run, perfectly stinky. time to shower and try my new perfume (chox-can you believe that? i bought perfume for myself. i blame it on chennai. its too damn hot yaar).

Airspy said...

I remember attending the wedding. It certainly was not hot. At least not to a die-hard chennai-ite like me.

Congratulations. Have a wonderful dance.

Whats the name of the perfume?

kbpm said...

calvin klein something or the other. smells very manly (and therefore i like it!)

airspy, one of my deep regrets is that i could not chat with empress and you that day. :(

Pipa said...

ahh................... it ate my comment.

happy anniversary..

Bannu said...

Happy 13th. Same day two years later, it was us. Coincidence!

Subhashree said...

Congratulations to both of you. Hope you guys had a great day!

artnavy said...

Congrats K !

Parul said...

Congrats, Kenny and Kenny's Man. Well done, both!

Word verification - herph. Her phone no?