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Cheek Pinchers!

Discussion in 'Cheeniya's Senile Ramblings' started by Cheeniya, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. Cheeniya

    Cheeniya Super Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    I sat up at my desktop and started wiping it clean vigorously. I did it for quite a while until the last speck of dust bade me goodbye. I gave my computer a satisfied grin. Just then my daughter walked in and told me that my computer looked almost new. I felt upset with that ‘almost new’ and threw her a wounded look. She ignored my wounded look and asked me if I was getting ready to write my next blog. ‘Lizard again?’ she asked me with a big grin. You can hide any reaction from your face but not one of embarrassment. She noticed it and quickly explained her query saying that it was not easy to write so many blogs about lizards. “That calls for extraordinary skill dad” she added. I told her that I was not intending to write anything about lizards and explained to her that I was merely cleaning my computer as it was getting as dirty as a dog that had just returned from a ferocious street fight. My daughter’s face brightened as she asked me if I was planning to write something about dogs.

    This was getting too much. I told her in a hurt tone that I was not a staff of Animal Planet. ‘Have you become a freelancer for National Geographic then?’, asked my daughter. I could see that she had decided to have fun at my expense. ‘Do you think that whenever I sit in front of the computer, I would write something about a lizard?’ I asked her. ‘No dad! From the glee in your face, I concluded that you have spotted a new lizard to write about’ she replied. ‘The glee that you managed to observe on my face is caused by the spotless appearance of my cleaned up computer’, I told her and added that I had no plans to write on anything. ‘It’s even better dad. It’s most difficult to write on nothing. You excel in it’, she replied.

    This is the problem of getting typified. When I sit in front of my computer, my daughter thinks that I have sighted another lizard. If you stand at the window and watch idly at some crows flying across aimlessly, they kid you that you are a Salim Ali in the making! I do not understand why people think that every action of ours has to have a reason behind it. Sometimes I get a feeling that people around me watch me more than they look at themselves. If I pat a child on the cheek and it starts crying looking at my lush beard, people come rushing to me as if I am a confirmed cheek-pincher. As if chubby cheeks make me crazy! At best they remind me of my own childhood when people went around pinching my cheeks with some indescribable words that made no sense to me. In those days people just smiled looking at my reaction. They never rushed at the pincher as if he was a criminal. The other day I saw a news item in the paper that a stranger was beaten almost to death when he fondly pinched the cheek of a child playing nearby. Do you know why? The crowd mistook him for a child lifter and roughed him up! When people do not have a reason for several of their own actions, they go about attributing reasons for the actions of others!

    As you grow older, the problems multiply. Even if I need to sneeze, I move to a private corner to do it because I don’t want anyone to hear my sneezing. If they do, they stop abruptly whatever they intend doing. They make me feel like the omen guy, Damien! Life is tough, I tell you. People try to find reason for everything you do when you get old as if purposeless actions are the birthright of younger generation. But then it also makes us feel important! If I ramble, people scramble to understand the meaning of my rambling. And that makes me feel great!
     
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  2. Viswamitra

    Viswamitra IL Hall of Fame

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    Dear Cheeniya Sir,

    That is the difficulty of being a very rational being! With your observation of things in depth makes you write so much and sometimes it makes some of us jealous. For example, if you write snippets about Lizards not once, not twice but many times, it makes one wonder how in the world he has so much content to write that too intricate details of their day to day living. It makes a few of us wonder whether it was due to your intense observation or due to remembrance of prior lives.

    Fortunately, your family members are very affectionate to you and hence you don't have to be worried about being noticed. I would only worry if no one is noticing me leaving me in a deep sense of depression. You are the central nerve system of your family, you touch everyone's life differently and hence they engage in a conversation with you one way or another. Just imagine how difficult life will be if everyone treats you like an inanimate object at home.

    If the family members understand your subject of interest, likes your taste of food, your habits, types of clothes you wear, when you need bear trimming, your regular eating time, chanting time, etc., it means you are part of their routine life. In fact, you need to do everything to keep your daughters conversations alive and be enthusiastic about any inquiry she makes about your life. Being in need of our time keeps us active and well.

    Viswa
     
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    shyamala1234 Platinum IL'ite

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    Dear Cheeniya sir,
    Count your blessings. Not many seniors get that kind of attention. Joking children, grandchildren and paying attention, concern... not many get it. Can I include IL family also? You may be knowing how we all were worried when you were sick. Not many have these things. You think it is intrusion of privacy? Is it not better than "indifference"?Treating like a piece of furniture, giving food..... Would anyone enjoy?
    You are lucky to have such a family.
    Enjoy.
    Syamala
     
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    Sir, the title made my imagination run wild!

    I was expecting your daughter to be that dreaded pincher...no, it wasn't her!

    Then I read the above paragraph and got enlightened! I wonder what vicarious pleasure people draw by pinching baby's cheeks? It really hurts them!

    :roflmao:

    Sir, this is a universal problem faced by all age-groups. People do not know more about the other methods of killing time!
     
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    You have a precocious reason to worry about getting typified in comparison to the most typified actor ever that is Jagdish Raj Khurana in our Bollywood: who holds a Guinness World Record for being the most type-cast actor. He played a police inspector in 144 films. His daughter Anita Raj was also a Bollywood actress.

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    Kids back then might have refused to consider other (real) policemen seriously on streets because they were not Khurana uncle. Can you imagine his plight? There would have been no script inquiry or costume inquiry from him when offered a role, 'Sir, we want to cast you in a film', and he would have nodded, 'Of course, inform the studio and time. I will arrive in the outfit from my wardrobe.'

    Your animal patronage can still be sustained wide off the undisputed stereotype of Khurana. You are safe, for now.

    I don't know what the inveterate cheek pinchers wish to verify. Real or silicone baby filler that they hold a cheek and tug at it to ascertain the infant's elasticity. Stroking a baby's cheek is still reasonable but pinch?

    Some onlookers voluntarily walk up to bloggers, others could still be persuaded to emerge towards the writers, but your unique rambling style instigates that scramble in a crowd, confused if the Khurana-aspired and typified lizard-man is blogging or writing, even when forewarned that he is blithe rambler, not your everyday blogger or writer.
     
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    Ha ha @Cheeniya sir ,:roflmao:, how i would have loved to be the third person in the room where this conversation between you and your daughter happened. :icon_pc:!
    I so so agree! any action/utterances have to satisfy the onlookers understanding of the motive behind it! and the originator has to just nod in agreement for ,if not, runs the risk of being standing in the insaaf ka witness box for further interrogation!:thumbup:
     
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    It is the fault of the women in the house not to give some useful chore to the man who is itching to clean something. When one has nothing to do, thoughts can run amuck: To street fighting dogs ....and random muckrakery.

    Are all blogs by men the consequence of the women in their lives slacking off on their jobs?
     
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  8. Cheeniya

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    @Viswamitra
    My dear Viswa
    This is my difficulty. Many people think that I am irrationally rational. If an ornithologist rights about birds, including on why they love emptying their stomach on people's heads, we applaud them saying 'oh what a skill!'. You write about lizards and cockroaches and people look askance at you. They smile indulgently and say that it is the effect of senility! It's very gratifying that you consider it as 'rational'
    That's rather disappointing! Why 'sometimes' and 'some of us'? I have been patting myself on the back that my writings set IL on fire but your remarks dampen my enthu!
    That answers my own introspection. I have myself wondered why I feel so drawn to lizzies and you have indicated a possibility. Being a person who strongly believes in rebirth, I find my interest in lizzies not very unusual.
    Yes that is a possibility of their having fun at my expense. We had a teacher in the school. Whenever we answered a question correctly, he would get so happy with our skills, that he would slap us hard on the back to express his appreciation. On the contrary if we answered him wrongly, he would just dismiss us with a contemptuous look. Needless to say that most of us preferred the second option!
    Sri
     
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    @shyamala1234
    My dear Syamala
    I do count my blessings routinely. Being handicapped by having only ten fingers, I tend to lose my count. I become introspective only on such occasions.
    You can most certainly do it but make sure that you have the permission to do so from them. Everyone loves serious and thought-provoking jokes but there are not many takers for jokes that border on senility.
    That indeed touches my heart. I often wish that my Stroke had not affected my vision and finger moments so that I could keep enthralling you with more of my nonsense. I also find it difficult to read and respond to other threads if they are too long which takes me ages to complete reading.
    I raise my head to the heavens with tears of gratitude. Only this morning I read a news item about sons throwing their father outside to die a miserable death and he was the bread-winner of the family for fifty odd years as a private secretary to the then Chief Minister MGR.
    Sri
     
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    @GeetaKashyap
    My dear Geeta
    I have two daughters aged 49 and 51. They have no time for searching for my cheeks behind my dense beard. They keep telling me that clearing up my beard would be more difficult than cleaning the Aegean Stables! But my grandchildren would not give it up so easily!
    You are telling me! I often would cry silently after the pinching buggers leave me in peace. I would cry silently because if they saw me crying, they would pinch me more!
    Sri
     
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