Preparing for a college trip to Manali my daughter calls her friend( an engineering student ) who is here from hostel for holidays to take her to market for some last moment shopping as am not too well . As he arrives and she is putting her stuff in the bag ,he sits waiting as I lie on the bed watching her , he picks up the list lying on the table . The following conversation ensues
He ( gaping at the two feet long list ) : Is this all you still need to buy ?
She : No idiot ,this is my checklist for the trip packing. The things with stars are the ones I still need to buy
He : Why do you have to put toothbrush and hairbrush in the list ? Who forgets it ?
She : Boys do because they do not make a checklist ?
He : Why three small size kits ?
She (now little annoyed): One for toiletries and medicines I might need, one for makeup and one for accessories and can you please keep that list down !
And Mom please tell papa to get some bandaids along with the medicines please
He ( nonchalantly ) : Why do you need 4 jackets all in different colors ?
She : Because its very cold there and I anyway feel very cold otherwise too and we will be there for 4 days so I can’t be wearing same everyday na ?
He( now amused as he spots a heating pad and umbrella in the list) : Then why these thin evening dresses ?
She ( very irritated by now as she puts sanitizer and wipes in her handbag): Because we will be changing for dinners and bonfire in evenings and now please let me finish
He (little confused) : And you won’t feel cold in them then ?
She ( as she decides on which nailpaint to wear ): What do you think I am carrying matching stoles and shrugs for ?
He ( exasperated as he looks at shoes packed in kits ) : All you need to carry is one pair of jeans, 4 shirts and one jacket !! Haina aunty ?
And looks at me for empathy
I quietly smile and look away
Men ! they would never understand !!