Divya was sitting in the living room and sorting out the baby gifts she had received on her baby shower, which was held two days ago, on the last day of her seventh month pregnancy. Beside her, was her son Vaishak, busy in unwrapping the toys and hiding some of those which he found interesting, under the sofa. Divya’s mother who had come to look after her pregnant daughter, was preparing breakfast in the kitchen and Divya's husband had not returned from his morning walk yet.
After arranging the gifts in the bureau, Divya got ready to see her doctor for her regular monthly check up. By then, Vaishak had finished his breakfast and was playing with his toys. He was an outdoor person. He would enjoy being outside for hours, without getting tired. Whenever he would see any of them going outside leaving him at home, then he would start throwing tantrums until he would get his own way. Knowing this, his grandmother took him to another room where he could not see his mother going out but he did not fall into that trap. When Divya was putting on her shoes, he ran hurriedly and chained her right leg with his little hands.
“Mom, I want to come with you.’’
“I am just going to see our neighbor.’’
“No, You are lying. Then why are you wearing this saree? You don’t wear this kind of saree when you go to see our neighbor.’’
He was very talkative. He does not let something go away easily. So Divya had to tell him the truth that she was going to see the doctor. She wanted to take him with her, but she did not know how long it would take, sometimes it would take hours if the hospital was filled with more patients.
“If you go with me, then the doctor will give you injection,” Divya said.
“Umm… No, this time the doctor will give you injection,’’ he thought for a while and replied.
“Why would the doctor do that? I am not a kid. The doctor gives injection only to small children,’’ she used her trick to dissuade him.
“Because you have a baby girl in your belly,” Vaishak replied immediately.
She was surprised by his answer. She had never told him that she was carrying a girl child. She considered him as a small boy for whom these differences did not matter. Now, all of a sudden, he appeared to her like a big grown up boy. When she asked him about how he knew she was going to have a baby girl, he told her that he overheard his grandma telling this to grandpa while he was watching TV.
“You little master has ears all over. By the way what do you name her?” hearing this conversation, his grandma came over, asked him while hugging.
“Sweet Sister,” He replied chuckling.
All of them laughed. Her father joined them without knowing why they were laughing. At last Divya said she would get sweets for him if he would stay home. He agreed and asked her to bring cake and mango for him. Her husband went out to call an auto-rickshaw. Before she got into that, he ran outside, calling, “Mom, mummy, wait...” For a second, she thought he was going to join her after all this...