Kit for Kat!

Archives: August 2010

A new version of Windows
Posted By SLK on Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Kit is on a windowsill decoration spree for her room since 7:00am this morning. Sounds good? RIGHT! The only problem is that all the decorations are being smuggled from my room...gone are the little somethings I shared with Papa...can’t see my Mickey Minnie anniversary ornament...or my Horny Devil cushion that I gifted Papa a decade ago...or the little knick knacks that my eyes are used to in general but my mind is forgetting at this moment and of course – my 3 Weight Watcher books are MISSING! Kit has a huge obsession with those – is it the size of those books or what? What makes them so appealing? The fact that they seem inseparable to me?

Like a little squirrel, scurrying away with my things one by one, carrying more than her little hands can carry…eyes darting from side to side making sure that I’m not watching her, Kit has slowly transferred majority of my room into hers or so it seems…

Now that she is content with all the treasures, this is what a visit to the decorated windowsill reveals...all my stuff against a backdrop of (Yes, you guessed it!) my WW BOOKS! (Where IS the appeal in those?)

A new version of Windows

My green-eyed wonder or will it be grey?
Posted By SLK on Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Kat has beautiful brown eyes with even more beautiful, long eyelashes. I have to admit I have pretty eyelashes too (deteriorating bottom up, maybe? Not that top parts are enviable anymore!) BUT I think gene wise these long eyelashes come from Papa as do the long, sleek hands and feet (are only the chubby cheeks in the infant stages mine?).

Now that Kat is taking good care of her looks and face, she looks rather well turned out and smart especially with her glasses that she has to wear constantly because of her near sightedness. However, she hates wearing them and is so looking forward to the day when she can switch to wearing contact lenses. Apparently it’s best to wait till she’s 12-13 years of age before we make that switch so she’s REALLY excited (and she’s only 10!). I thought she was only excited about the makeover she was going to have – I was not aware of anything else on our visit back home from the optician until:

Kat: “Can I have green coloured lenses?”

Me: “What?” I say this loudly thinking I must have heard wrong and she must be referring to green dresses instead.

Kat: “Can I have green coloured lenses and can you please speak softly?” She looks around to check if people are staring at us. Kat thinks I’ve become very loud recently. I THINK I’M NOT!

Me: “What are you talking about? Is this a fancy dress show? You will turn out a different person if you change your eye colour. You know that?”

Kat: “Just for weekends. It would be so much fun. Okay, if not green, can I have grey please?”

Me: “Absolutely not!”

Kat is very thoughtful all the way home. I love those big brown eyes and would never change them for any other colour. Her silence tells me that she is working on a different plan (or colour) to convince me…Oh dear! What next now?

Do I HAVE to brush my teeth?
Posted By SLK on Monday, August 9, 2010
Every night when I get Kit ready for bed, it’s a race to the bathroom and every night I have to think of a story interesting enough to trick her into brushing her teeth without whining. Most days it works, some days better than others and some days are bad, REALLY bad when Gruffalo, Megan, threats, bacteria, virus, everything FAILS! We still do enjoy in the end with our Germ doctor song while brushing and I think it’s the timing of the entire routine we need to work on but last night was exceptionally funny…

Kit was tired and not very enthusiastic at the thought of brushing her teeth (as usual!)

Me (after reminding her about bacteria, viruses and stomach elly): “Do you know what will happen to your teeth if you don’t brush them?” I say this in a low voice as if the germs are listening to me…

Kit (eyes wide open, in a hushed voice to match mine): “Let’s see if the teeth fall out!!

…And she goes about picking her 6 books for bed time as if nothing has happened and is ready for bed and I’m left wondering if I should now close my mouth or say something or stop looking like that last goldfish in the bowl!

How about a shower today?
Posted By SLK on Friday, August 6, 2010
When Kat was little, we had a hand-held shower, so I remember her graduating from the bath to the shower quite early on. The shower we had also had adjustable strength so Kat discovered the joys of showering much earlier on and never looked back (of course having a long bath with her toys is always a luxury which she still manages once in a while and can’t stop gloating about how much her skin glows after that!)

With Kit, things have been REALLY different – she’s always loved a bath. With dozens of toys around her, so many drama lessons, so many swimming lessons have taken place in that bath of ours! Her skin gets slightly red and itchy after being in the water for a bit long so Kit’s bath is not longer than 10 minutes on an average but even then, those 10 minutes are the most cherished moments as we race to the bathroom every day (Yes, we do that!)

Post swimming is the only time when Kit will step into the shower with Papa and she will scream! She does not like the shower one bit. For one, it’s not hand-held so you cannot play with it or do it your way and secondly it comes down on you full strength from the top – FULL STOP! So I had given up all hope of Kit graduating to the cleaner, happier world of showering in the near future (at least) when she came up to me yesterday and said:

Kit: “I think I will have a shower today like Kat.”

Me: “Really? Yippee! Mummy is going to give you Kat’s shower cap as a gift. Let’s go…”

The shower and the cap!Now she gets really excited. Show them some enthusiasm and they are on the verge on getting hyper so quickly. When will I get the balance right?

So we both race to the bathroom. At first Kit is a bit sceptical about her decision and fusses around with the shower cap, checking out the shower cubicle, looking up at the shower (like our handyman does). Then she finally steps in (I marvel at her trust in me) –she is convinced that the only way to shower is to have her back face it and there is no way to convince her to face it the right way. When all my efforts fail, I go to Kat.

Me: “Kit is having her first shower all by herself.”

Kat: “That’s weird!” (Everything is weird right now for Kat as she’s reading and munching strawberries)

Anyhow she follows me disinterestedly but her expression changes when she sees Kit: “Oh mummy, she looks so cute!” So there is Kit with a cupcake shower cap on, head down, arms firmly by her side, still back facing the shower! Of course, there is NOTHING Kat cannot fix for Kit (when she wants to). She tells Kit how much fun it is to have a shower and how she drew hearts with her fingers on the shower door when she was Kit’s age and it feels nice when you actually face the water…so Kit who will do anything for Kat DOES IT!

Kat’s inspiration goes a long way every time – their love is enviable at times. Numerous hearts on the shower door, silly songs and hip hop dances later, a happy and victorious Kit walks out of the shower with promises of a shower every day. JOY!!

The lonely tap with no friends
Posted By SLK on Thursday, August 5, 2010
Today was Roof Tank Cleaning Day – normally this day is insignificant, it comes and goes and the notice in the concierge which reads No water between the hours of 0900 and 1500 has little or no meaning whatsoever. However, in the SUMMER HOLIDAYS this day has a different meaning altogether – this means super duper rush to get all water jobs completed before 9!

So, after the task of waking Kat up was achieved successfully (Kit was no issue at all!), we set upon the water jobs. As I was helping Kit with her teeth, I was a bit distracted and was also trying to explain to Kit about the roof tank cleaning in a simple way…

Kit: “There will be no water today?”

Me: “Some people need to clean the tank on the roof. They will turn the water on after some time and it will come from here (pointing to the tap)”

The second I said the word Tank I knew I had made a mistake because now I had a million questions ahead and this brush job would never get done. Tank reminded her of fish now!

Kit: “Tank? What tank? Water is in tank? There is tank on roof? We have fish in tank, right?”

Me (thinking she looks cute when she screws up her nose like that but I just can’t get the job done this way): “We have to finish brushing or people will go up and switch the water off and there will be no water. Your choice.”

Kit was now very confused. She looked at the tap and touched it: “People will go up. Go up? From where? Here?”

I was eyeing Kat at the same time so I said YES without looking at Kit.

When I didn’t hear any sound (either of teeth being brushed or Kit fidgeting), I looked again at Kit who was still staring at the tap: “How can they go up to the roof from here. This is too small!”

Me: “Oh Yes, it is! Which is why they take the elevator instead…Now come on.”

I then dragged Kit Kat along to breakfast with one last look at the tap and thinking how weird it would look if someone actually did drop out of it! (No offence Santa Claus…we still do the carrots, cookies and milk every year – PROMISE!)
The tap with no friends