August 19, 2015

An Ant Story!!

Schools begin in a week and summer holidays are almost coming to an end. Mom is back with me at the end of the holidays and kids have been dropped from the day care to spend the rest of summer with their grandma. And what do they do the whole day at home?
                        They EAT. Yes. They eat in the morning, at noon and at night. In between morning & noon, noon & evening and evening & night. They basically eat the whole day. So in this process of non-stop eating, their friends followed them without invitation. But would the friends just eat and keep quiet? No. They start biting you if you come in their way.
Day 1:
As mad as an ant could be, Ammu started killing them. As wise as the grandma should be, mom said, "Don't kill the ants for no reason. You will be born as an ant again". Soaking the ant wisdom parted by her grandma, Ammu stopped killing the ants. She even started spreading the newly gained wisdom to her older brother. "Anna, don't kill the ants. You will be born as an ant". I come from work and blame it on my mom for letting them eat junk the whole day. As if they would stop eating if she tells them to!!

Day 2:
I see a huge line of black ants with lumps of food that includes pieces of laddoos, peanuts and muruku. Having had an ant free home all these months, I yell: "What's happening here? How many times did I tell you guys to close the pantry door and no food on the ground?" Everyone is quiet. I look at my mom and she gives me a sheepish grin. 
 "Well, your daughter was feeding the ants". 
"Feeding the ants?"
"Yes"
R runs to complain as usual. "Yes Amma, all because of this stupid girl"
Ammu tags along and giggles when I look at her. "Yes Amma, I only gave the food to the ants"
Could there be anything sweeter than her innocent toothless smile? I said I don't feel like sweeping away the ants and their food. Mom says, that's the reason I did not clean them. And we let the ants breed on.



Day 5:
Ammu: "Anna, did you look at the ants?"
R: "Yeah, all because of you"
Ammu: "No Anna...they are fat now. "
R: "They are becoming fat with all the food you gave"
Ammu:"Yes...Yes". Giggles again!!

Sigh! Looks like time for action!

17 comments:

  1. Oh this is so cute, Latha! Loved it! :)

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    1. I know, right? I also felt it was so cute :) Btw, got the book and started reading.

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  2. Lovely! You know perhaps Ammu is providing for her next birth--so that she gets all these delicacies to eat when she is born as an ant.

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    1. Hahaha....omg..you thought so much..:) I wonder if she thought that far....:)

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  3. Aww, this is so cute. Sigh! The innocence will be lost soon. Yeah, schools have reopened in the US. My brother is in Chicago and his three kids have begun school this week.

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    1. True, Alka. They are already growing fast and I think parenting is the only phase in our life that passes so soon. Mine start school today.

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  4. So cute :)ha ha .... Now the ants need some work out :)

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    1. I know, right :) Ants also need work out and Ant feeder too :)

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  5. Hahaha. That as was cute :-) You daughter has the heart to feed ants. Really sweet :-)

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    1. Really, I don't know where she got the idea from :)

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  6. I wish this innocense remains all the time .. why did we become adults :( ...

    lots of love and hugs to the young lady ..

    but I also know ant problem :)


    Bikram's

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  7. Feeding ants!! how sweet is that!!
    But there's no doubt that these little ants are a big nuisance. I am fed up of the red ants that have attacked my home recently! And they sting too! :|

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  8. So adorable. I hate ants but yes, if I see them carrying food, I have no heart to shoo them away. :)

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    1. I know..some of them stink too. That is such a cute thing to watch, isn't it?

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  9. This is a super cute tale, but I have my sympathy for clearing them out. Ants are lovely when they are outside your home.

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  10. Ow, this is such an adorable piece. Hugs to the little girl for the kind gesture. The thought of feeding the ants is so cute. Enjoy having th kiddos m at home...they grow up real fast and in no time they'll be ready to fly out of the nest...loved reading. 💗

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