You know why the watchman hasn’t come today? I said.
Well, it’s not the first time he has been absent, said my husband who was engrossed in reading the newspaper.
By the way, you needn’t hurry through your cooking because I am not going to office today, he added.
Oh, but why, I said.
Well, you forget that today is an important day for all fathers, in fact the children will be eager to greet their fathers where ever they are, he said.
But what has that got to do with your not going to office? I asked.
You see, Ashok and Smitha will be calling to wish me and they will be disappointed if I am not available, he said.
But they can always call you after you return from office, I said.
I knew you won’t understand that we live under different time zones, their day is night for us and vice versa, he explained.
You don’t seem to credit me with any intelligence and commonsense for that matter, I rued.
Then you lack practical sense, he said stressing on ‘practical’.
What do you mean? I confronted.
You see, Ashok and Smitha leave for work quite early and return late bone tired driving all those miles.
I am aware of that, I snapped.
Since they would like to prove their love and affection for me by calling me on this day, I should be available for them, don’t you think so? he reasoned.
By the way you said something about the watchman not turning up today, didn’t you? he said suddenly going back to where our conversation started.
Thanks for remembering what I said. He wanted a holiday because his children were coming to greet him. It appears his father is coming down from his village to meet his grandchildren and this would serve a double purpose, he had said.
How? asked my husband.
Now, tell me who is the one who is wanting in intelligence and commonsense and is in need of practical sense? I teased.
N Meera Raghavendra Rao