Amma loves you Ali Farzan

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.


4 responses

  1. I remember that night when I was with you and Mustafaand we searched the whole market to purchase cloth for Ali s costume which he had to wear in the morning .I sew it in the night Ali didn’t like it but afterwards it was his favourite dress to wear while playing .It looked awkward as it was a costume and not a regular dress .once found Ali used to wear it for hours and refused to take it off.
    I was in a habit of hiding such odd things also including odd toys which l thought Ali was not using Ali knew this habit of mine and whenever searching for something he made this complaint
    I did the same with that green poncho.when Ali refused my objection I hid it in my cupboard so that Ali could not find it .Isbah I found it when Ali went to Memphis .I didn’t told you about it on your last visit so as not to hurt you After you left I kept it in the bag With other valuable belongings of Ali .Ali I am so sorry for not letting you play with that poncho.


    March 18, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    • Ali Farzan I loved you while you played wearing that costume.


      March 20, 2014 at 2:44 am

  2. AS Isbah mentioned Ali once liked a thing it was not easy for us to prevent him from using it .lsbah purchased a shirt cum jacket with a hood from Brisbane It was Ali.s favourite .Whenever Ali had a choice for selecting dress he always wore that dress .Years passed by but Ali s likeness did not faded Ali grew and the shirt became smaller .but Ali did not stop wearing it I prevented him to do so but he refused and enjoyed wearing it in all the seasons At last it can not cope with his growing size and when he wore it for the last time a year back in stuck on his neck and was very difficult to take off .Then Ali stopped wearing it and l gave it to someone else


    March 18, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    • Ammi and you did hide it from him at times.


      March 20, 2014 at 2:43 am

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