The tiger and Sindbad-all with one light green stole
Do you remember the tiger tail you were used to make with that light green piece of cloth. And all the kids in the house followed you. So there was usually more than one kid wanting to get that tail and the dispute had to be settled. You were wise enough to sort out such disputes-there were promises and alternatives to be offered.
That green long piece of cloth was part of the costume nani stitched for you. There was a ‘character day’ in your school and nani stitched a poncho and made this green piece as the belt. You were not very happy with that. You told that your friends wore ready made costumes of cartoon characters. You thought it was a mismatch with their dressing. You showed to me the long length of the poncho. You refused to accept the green stole as the belt-you were all dissatisfied.
I don’t remember how you started using that costume to play. But once you started, it became the favourite piece of cloth. Nani objected at times when I came back from the office on you wearing that poncho the whole afternoon. You reacted as if didn’t listened while she was telling me the whole story. She was used to hide it sometimes so you cannot wear it. And you knew this habit of hers very well. It remained part of your closet before we were coming to Memphis.
I remember you used that green stole as a part of another costume. you had a waist coat and a black cap with pieces of glasses stuck on them. You were used to wear the waistcoat and put the green stole around your belly like Sindbad. You loved that costume you invented. Nani disliked because it made all your chest, arms, and belly naked. Your reaction was very calm-as if don’t understand what she was saying. You kept on enjoying the costume and she gave up on her objection. That was a very nice way to handle objections. You knew the art. And you knew the art to invent costumes from objects such as this light green stole. Which such costume are you enjoying these days my big boy.