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Wake up time: There's no Woman in the Moon

How I love this awesome quote! Here it goes: 

Even the moon gets to put its feet up once a month. Man in the moon, of course. If it was a woman in the moon, she would never sit down, would she? - Allison Pearson

True, isn't it? Well, this almost sums up my typical day and don't you dare envy me for it! Okay, read on first:)

Sneak Peek into a Working Woman's Busy Routine
When your curtains filter in that soft beam of early dawn, DON"T even dream of snuggling back into the warm covers for even FIVE seconds...just run out of the covers as though your house is on fire...that way, you will get some exercise and burst off some sleepy calories too!

Rush to kitchen, make tea so that your fingers don't turn numb by the time you eat breakfast. Remember to twiddle your toes through the winter socks to make sure you know that you are still alive and kicking, if you know what I mean. Tip in the brat's ready-to-drink-after-boiled-milk and make sure you are generous with the sugar and the chocolate powder or else you may have to drink it yourself because the brat may conveniently forget! Check if the brat's books are all in the school bag with homework done tidily of course, scrawl a note to Ma'am in case you want her to notice your brat is still there in her class and not blended in with the whiteboard she jots on!

Done? Hahaha, not yet! Wake UP the BRAT!!!! (30 mins of exercising effort as you get into all kinds of push ups and plank positions to lift the little guy, who otherwise, is as light as a pillow!) Once you get him all readied into a little gentleman, don't forget to look for the sparkle on his black shoes too. Do a final check on what goes in his bag just to be sure all's decent. Get him to say his prayers, drink his milk and be right on time to hop into the school bus.

Phew! Stretch those tired muscles a bit, drink your tea, get ready to go to work.

But it's not that easy if you are a working woman (no giggles here, ok, ok, i am dead serious!)

CHECKLIST FOR EVERY WORKING WOMAN

YOUR DRESS:  Don't be a nutcase like me who simply can't color-coordinate. Okay, maybe, I am being melodramatic here. But I've had my share of fairly embarrassing moments such as wearing my kurtha inside out and not knowing it the whole day. So it's best that you check the state of your dress before you get out of home.

YOUR HANDBAG: Check your wallet and make sure you are decently loaded (pun intended!) Is everything in its proper place in the handbag that is in itself vast like a marketplace? You can fish out nearly everything from a working woman's handbag. Yes, you heard right. There's house keys, new moisturizer that is as good as new because we put them in the bag but never really use them once they are in the bag because when we do look for it, we get the housekeys instead! And yes, the black, the cobalt blue, the shimmering grey and the forest green eyeliners plus the lip gloss that you keep just in case there is a last minute cocktail party that you never get invited to but your friends do so there, they can borrow it and be eternally grateful to you! 

YOUR PERFUME: Make sure you are carrying your own with the lid on or else it will spill and you lose more than a lot of money, you will have to chuck your handbag with all its contents too. Make sure it is your perfume and not the insecticide or the men's AXE deo spray.....that would be a clear disaster at the workplace now, wouldn't it. [Secret Just Between You and Me: I know of several women who wear the AXE deo spray anyway]

YOUR PAD: Don't get me wrong. I am only talking about that spare notepad you keep in the folders of your bag so that whenever a EUREKA moment comes, you don't need to tumble into the bathroom tub and make a mess of things, you know water is precious and all that. You can use your note pad right there at your desk with a decent pen by your side. Make sure your name is on it or else some one may simply decide to adopt it :D 

YOUR FOOTWEAR: Now this is priceless. After a whole night of event coverage,  I've actually walked into my office for an important meeting wearing two different kinds of sandals! DON"T LAUGH! I know you are, ok? Thankfully, my best buddy Anu spotted it. She skipped her lunch hour to buy me  a matching pair of footwear right on time and saved me from disgrace at the workplace. So, always check your footwear before you rush out of work. Stick a post-it on your mirror if you need a reminder.

THAT DEADLY SWIVEL: Before you rush off, look in the mirror and do that one sporty, deadly swivel to make sure all's fine at the back. No pun intended. Sometimes the outfit you wear rides up at the back and makes you look quite bad. Don't risk it. That's all.

Have a great day. And you know what, despite all these little niggling issues, I think it's great to be a woman.

If you don't believe me, see this pic. I am happy, aren't I? So should you. So, let the rainbows light up your sky, let the passing clouds move on and you should keep smiling. 



Yes, that dazzling smile only you can wear. Trust me, just wear your smile. 


Comments

Asha said…
looking beautiful the mother, the son and the bond between you. A beautiful back ground completes the picture.
KParthasarathi said…
Wow that was a great post.I have no first hand experience but have seen my daughters doing all the things you had so humorously described.Despite all the methodical care,early rising and preparing the child for the school,you have never reckoned with the last minute hurdle.You will hear the horn of the school bus and your son standing with you at the door would rush inside to the toilet.The boy would not respond to your 'hurry up' calls and the driver would not cease giving repaeted horns.You will be running between the door and toilet.At the end of it all you will be a crumpled tired soul wanting to rest with the clock announcing it is time to get ready for office.
I empathise with such moms with young kids.
Jairam said…
Wow, that was quite some "Day in the life of..." post.

Absolutely enjoyed reading it.
Zafaran said…
Hi Swapna...just bumped into your blog! Was glad to see you after so many years! Remember the translation workshop we attended? :-)
Vishnu said…
Humorous and lively post here, Swapna. Definitely a day in the life of. I love the contrast of the post and the many to-do's and the contrast of the picture-perfect photo. Not only do you get it all done (kids, getting ready yourself, housework, and job) but you make it look photo-perfect :)
@Asha - Thanks so much Asha. So happy to hear your words.

@KParthasarathy - It's great to know that I have something in common with your wonderful daughters, sir. My warmest regards to hem. I can totally connect to your thoughts here esp about tackling last minute hurdles. So kind of you to share your comments here, looking forward to more such warm, heartfelt interactions.

@Jairam: Indeed, thanks so much for reading and enjoying the post.

@Vishnu: You have such a delightful perspective on everything. Thanks so much for sharing here what you liked about the post.
@Zafaran: So wonderful to connect with you after so many years. Very delighted to hear from you and thanks so much for reading my blogpost.
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Anurama said…
Swapz,

The post was a delightful read. Had a smile throughout. Yes, you said it all..but why did you miss the cooking and cleaning too?

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