Saturday, February 16, 2013

Valentine's Day dinner date.


Even before the dawn broke on Valentine’s Day, I was already up on my bed watching over an ailing toddler, who, for the past few days had been suffering from stomach upset accompanied with fever and nose block. Of all the above illnesses, all mothers would agree that even if nose block sounded trivial, it is one of the worst diseases babies suffer. It is also the worst because once it infects, it ensures sleepless nights for a couple of days and disturbed sleep the days after. So on this day, I spent the night sleepless, because the nose block tortured the child in such ways that he was unable to sleep, despite his earnest efforts.

That morning, as I walked to the kitchen, eyes half closed, I heard my mobile subtly playing notification tone. Completely oblivious about the date and time, I picked up my phone only to find facebook flooded with Valentine’s Day wishes shared by random people to everyone on their friend list. Others posted pictures of the expensive surprises their spouses gifted them. Whatsapp also had its fair share of broadcasts, an option which thankfully or not, helps a lot of people convey shallow wishes on every other occasion to countless people on their lists. I went back to my routine, stuck in hangover and drowsiness.

It was a long day, and not a moment did the child move away from my arms. By evening, a call came from office asking hubby to report for a meeting to discuss a critical issue. Soon after he left with his laptop, I sat helplessly on the couch, the baby on my lap, who was finally trying to sleep after a long day of crankiness and low appetite; I switched on the TV and flipped channels, all of them playing mushy movies and songs, all of which had the Valentine theme plastered on them. I still did not miss anything, as none of my Valentines days in all my life was anything movie like. However I was a bit disappointed ,as hubby was at office, and he would have his dinner along with the other guys in the team who will probably burn the midnight oil with him.

 At around 10 pm, I slowly picked up the baby and lay him on the bed and sat next to him. There was nothing to eat. A few cupcakes were in the fridge but they dint excite me. An hour later, as I slowly drifted off to sleep, I heard the door bell, and opened the door to find hubby back, as his work was done for the day.

 That’s when he asked THE question… ‘So what is there for dinner?’

 I was taken aback. ‘I thought you guys were eating out’.

“Today? No.”

“Okay then I will make something for you, come” I said gesturing him to the kitchen.

“Whats there to eat?’ he asked, opening the fridge to find absolutely nothing in it.

“I will prepare ghee roasts for you, there is batter enough for three’ I said.

“What will we eat WITH the dosas?’

As the toddler is a light sleeper, there was no question of using the mixer to prepare the chutney.

“There is a leftover fried fish from lunch” I replied gloomily.

He sat on the kitchen chair. The tawa was greased and the dosas were prepared one by one, and he sat on the kitchen chair munching them while the fish was reheated in the microwave. In between, I also took my share of the dosas from his plate. Soon the batter was over, and the plate of three dosas and one fried fish was wiped clean.
 “Happy Valentines Day” I said.
‘Same to you” he mumbled, smiling at the same time.

“The guys at office went out for dinner. I dint go with them”. He added. 

It was indeed, a special day.  

22 comments:

  1. Hugs to your baby! Cold makes us feel awful. Must be too painful for a toddler.
    You can celebrate love any day. V-day is just another excuse.

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    1. Thank You. Yeah until babies learn to blow noses its very tough. And u r right about V day. But mine was special- companionship and love is more valuable than diamonds and luxury cars.

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  2. Wasnt it just Imperfectly Perfect!!!!! You are blessed. I pray the little one gets fine soon. You deserve a night out :)

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  3. Well done and cheers to your husband...!!!

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    1. HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA Yeah ! Three cheers to him !

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  4. at last a Happy valentine day for you :)

    Weakest LINK

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  5. Nice :-)

    At last Feb 14th became an important day in my life as I got "officially" engaged on that day.... unfortunately couldnt meet my love that day . function was at my home and stupid custom doesn't allow bride to come to groom's home :P

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    1. Hehe. Customs. Either we have to live with it, or refuse to follow it altogether.

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  6. Aww hope the baby feels well. I know colds are terrible, and parents can feel so helpless! And hey that was a cute valentine gesture! Happy Valentines day!

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    1. Thanks Jenny. The little dude has recovered now. :-)

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  7. Now that your baby is doing good, you can plan a romantic dinner date :-)

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  8. Expensive candle light dinners shows the money the couple have, but sharing available food in the middle of the night shows the love the couple have :)

    Seena

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    1. I love you for saying that :-) And it is so damn true.

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  9. The last sentence spoken by your hubby sums up very much the theme of this post. Belated V Day wishes. :)

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    1. Thank you very much, sorry for late response. And rightly said.

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  10. I loved the post Anita....there's so much I want to say but really nothing can come up to what u narrated.

    God Bless.

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