“If you look at the monkeys, you can learn many things about the men; if you look at the men, you can learn many things about the madness!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan
Monkey have been our ancestors, I mean not just mine but for all the human race. But for me and my brother they have played too much of a part in our growing up. Sometimes they taught us our childhood best lessons.
I have many stories to relate with them but today I will just share only one.
In India parents start teaching etiquette from an early age. Now you all would say what’s different in this, all parents of all other countries do same. Wait, let me tell you these are not etiquette actually, they have nothing do with values, and it’s just about being an Indian.
According to my parents eating sitting in you balcony or porch is not a good habit. We were never allowed to do it. My mom use to say “Two things should be done hideously, one eating food and another counting your money”. It may be because we are bit superstitious that no one should see how much we earn and what delicacies we eat.
Now this one incident taught my lovely brother this very lesson that my mom can’t teach him.
He was about three years old. It was beautiful evening with smooth breeze making the weather more pleasant. He called mom to give him company and sit with him in balcony. Mom was busy in preparing dinner, she asked him to sit and enjoy until she finishes her work.
He (loudly): Mama, I am hungry, give me something to eat.
Mom (ordering): Come inside first and then take bananas from the basket.
He (smugly): Ok. Dragged the stool, stood on it and took bananas from the basket that was kept on fridge.
He peeked inside the kitchen to see what mom was doing, seeing that she was busy and not looking out of window, moved out stealthily with the banana.
Now he lazily flattened his feet and peeled the banana. Relishing his bite in the wonderful weather gave him a blissful feeling.
He ignored the voice, kept himself busy in noticing the kids who were playing outside.
Suddenly a strong slap landed on his face. He looked up puzzled by sudden event, a big monkey was standing beside him, and he snatched the banana from his hand and gave him another slap and ran away.
He didn’t cried until he saw mom running towards him. She smothered him with kisses and took him inside. After this he never tried to eat out in balcony until he grew up.
This my attempt for the Thirteeth day of the A-Z Challenge.