Lil M is a 3rd grader in my bus who is the most notorious of the lot. She audaciously complained about the bus support staff and me to her mother, when we chided her for trying to squeeze under the seat of a moving bus. The mother, truly doting, confronted us at the bus stop, while ten pairs of pre-teen eyes from the bus watched in amazement, not to mention the strange mob that gathers anywhere in this country and serves no real purpose. When I explained the scene to the mother, and we asked Lil M if it was true, she answered in all innocence “But I’ve done it only like five times, aunty!”
The pink-faced mother walked away, after asking me for my entire biography.
Anyway, Lil M has been testing me and my boundaries since that little episode. After a very tiring Independence Day Celebration in school, I sat in my seat, on the way back home. The following conversation ensued in the bus.
Lil M: Aunty, (pointing under her eyes), your eye liner.
S: (quickly tries to rub it off, while wondering if it has been this bad all day)
Lil M: Not above, Aunty. Below. Here.
S: (tries a little more, with no luck again)
Lil M: Aunty, I think you have dark eyelashes.
S: Awwh! Thank you, dear! (That is a compliment I’d never gotten before)
Lil M: No, No! Not eyelashes. Aunty, you have dark circles. That’s what you have.
S: (Sniff! Too soon!) Hmm! I know. I’ve had it for some time now.
Lil M: You know you should drink a lot of water every day, Aunty.
S: I doooo! I drink about 3 litres a day.
Lil M: Do you sleep enough? I think if you sleep well, they will go away.
S: You’re right! I haven’t been sleeping well enough, I guess. I should try that. (Mental Note of Bucket List items: Get beauty tips from a 7 year old – Check)