Holiday Plans

28 Mar

Now that the school holidays are almost here, I am facing a barrage of questions from my son regarding how I plan to “entertain” him. He has made a list of demands all of which have been rejected by me because it involves travel to exotic locations or buying him expensive gadgets.

I have suggested a 9 point programme to him:

1. Wake up at 9 AM

2. Laze Aound with Friends

3. Lunch at Noon

4. Snooze after lunch

5. Repeat Step 2

6. Watch TV

7. Dinner at 9 PM

8. Sleep at 10 PM

9. Goto Step 1

Weekends same as above but everything advances by 1 hour.

He rejected this summararily and walked away muttering something that sounded like “cheap”.

I might have to take him out 😦 … No time.. No time… Does anyone wan’t to adopt him for the Holidays?

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28 Responses to “Holiday Plans”

  1. some body March 28, 2007 at 6:39 pm #

    ship him abroad!

    – s.b.

  2. greatunknown March 28, 2007 at 7:52 pm #

    I am an unemployed journalist with all the free time in the world. Would be glad to take care of your son for the duration of his holidays.
    Err… shall we discuss the perks beforehand please!

  3. Terri March 28, 2007 at 10:09 pm #

    Vijay, what about reading? Does that only figure on parents’ list of priorities? I feel so old when I start saying, “When I was your age, we hardly watched television. I would spend hours reading books ….”

  4. some body March 29, 2007 at 1:54 am #

    terri:

    when i was nikhil’s age, heck even when i started undergrad, we didn’t have tv at home. and until about two years before that, i had seen a tv only twice in my whole entire life! that will make you feel younger πŸ™‚

    – s.b.

  5. bachodi March 29, 2007 at 2:06 am #

    Comic books , DVDs ( tom and jerry , Mr.Bean etc) there are so many ways to kill the time .. By the way , does he blog ? πŸ˜‰

  6. Vijay March 29, 2007 at 2:16 am #

    Anand “greatunknown” Balaji : I said “adopt”… that means no perks πŸ˜‰

    Terri: Reading? I think its a lost art now.. I remember us frequenting the neighbourhood library as kids here in B’lore… we would “reserve” books… now they turn on the TV…

    SB: I was in 2nd PUC when TV made its appearance… until then it was Radio…

    Bachodi: LOL.. doesnt blog yet.. wants to Orkut but I dont let him…

  7. Prashanth M March 29, 2007 at 5:07 am #

    Ask him to join me on my weekend travels πŸ˜‰

  8. Vijay March 29, 2007 at 5:28 am #

    Prashanth: He’ll be your biggest fan… πŸ™‚

  9. Ramesh NR March 29, 2007 at 5:35 am #

    Vijay,

    Guru, I know you are an advocate of ‘outsourcing’………but this is outsourcing of a different kind…………on similar lines, we should try outsourcing wife’s shopping jaunts!!!! Oops….am i stepping into ‘prohibited territory’?!!

  10. Vijay March 29, 2007 at 5:38 am #

    Ramesha… yakappa kashta kodthiya?

  11. Veena March 29, 2007 at 5:42 am #

    Just think you are fed up with one ! how our elders manage multiples of it.
    Your genes must have predominantly dominant w.r.t these things….

    amele weekend kalsi nammanege… πŸ™‚ ooTa, aaTa free ! nimma mane ashtu doddadilla sir, amele honda city ella keLohaagilla…modale heLideeni !! πŸ˜‰

    Is he too big to attend summer camps ? generally urban kids are more into such things & heard these KV’s have a different holiday routing like they have schools now & they holiday when the rest of the gang enjoy their free time..!

  12. Shruthi March 29, 2007 at 5:57 am #

    We did just that in our holidays, and I think we have turned out just fine, haven’t we? Ask him to try out that very schedule – he wouldn’t want to do anything else ever again πŸ˜‰

  13. Vijay March 29, 2007 at 6:02 am #

    Veena: Not a big believer in summer camps.. I share Shruthi’s view that holidays need to be enjoyed with “unscheduled” stuff…

    Shruthi: You are right… unconsciously I was giving him my holiday schedule when we were kids.. πŸ™‚

    By the way Nikhil announced his schedule:
    1. Morning – Cricket with Friends (suddenly there is a gang of 15)

    2. Afternoon – Sleep

    3. Evening – TT coaching

  14. Veena March 29, 2007 at 6:58 am #

    I just forgot you belonged to a different era πŸ™‚ nimmista enaadru maadkolli…

    summer camps ge hogidre taane nimage gottu, adralleniratte antha, adu scheduled classes alla ..!

    anyway, the problem is solved now, good.. relax

  15. M O H A N March 29, 2007 at 7:08 am #

    Holidays themselves mean stop going to scheduled things. So let him drool into things that interst him. He doesnt know what interests – then hang around with friends till he finds one!!

  16. Murali Partha March 29, 2007 at 7:19 am #

    Vijay, He can come home and take care of my kids. They are younger than him! We’ll get 3 mangoes with one stone πŸ˜‰

  17. Vijay March 29, 2007 at 7:38 am #

    Mohan: Thats the best.. I still will end up taking him out somewhere.. maybe trekking
    Murali: Better idea. Leave your kids at my house… he he..

  18. greatunknown March 29, 2007 at 7:46 am #

    Vijay, ‘adopt’ for the duration of his holidays… saar perks en illva, naavu badavaru, adjust maadi!!?!! Hahahaha…

  19. Vijay March 29, 2007 at 7:51 am #

    Anand: Check out post on bizzbuzz.wordpress.com today.. I have used you as an example.. comments?

  20. Murali Partha March 29, 2007 at 7:53 am #

    Vijay, Where my kids go, my wife will insist on going. So 4 mangoes with one stone.

    But you still have a problem. Why don’t you move in with me. Just imagine – no more shopping trips. I think we have hit upon the solution for all of “married with children” mankind.

  21. praneshachar March 29, 2007 at 7:57 am #

    nikhil has decided he is the right person to decide
    otherwise so many father’s friends are there to hijack
    him and put him under their spervision

    It is time to enjoy nikihil should do it
    papa puc bandmele kashta alva.

    vijay your points were just as good as we use
    to spend mostly it was play play play as there
    was no tv some trips to nearby places etc.,

  22. Vijay March 29, 2007 at 8:11 am #

    Murali: Sounds ominous… but worth considering πŸ˜‰

    Pranesh: 100% agree… the situation is ideal for Lazy fathers like me πŸ™‚

  23. greatunknown March 29, 2007 at 10:31 am #

    Thanks Vijay! I have not just commented, but have also posted some matter on the subject on my blog. Please check it out!

  24. Aditya March 29, 2007 at 1:18 pm #

    why is N. not swimming anymore?

  25. Vijay March 29, 2007 at 1:39 pm #

    D2: He doesnt want to go this year…

  26. greatunknown March 29, 2007 at 4:31 pm #

    So have father and son finally arrived at an amicable solution???

  27. TSSM April 1, 2007 at 12:30 pm #

    The issue is not whether some body should ‘adopt’ your son
    during the summer holidays!,
    it actually is , can somebody/any body ‘adopt’ you, so that you donot spoil his fun.

  28. Vijay April 2, 2007 at 1:32 am #

    TSSM good suggestion. The latest update is that he is doing what he wants including joining TT coaching πŸ™‚

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