Heir-raising Tales

My daughter turns 20 today and wicked mom that I am, I have this story to share.

At four, D was a curious child that was forever getting into things. And her fascination was for stuff that older people used.

One day she had a red and angry scratch on her upper lip. “What happened D?” I asked, to be blithely told, “Oh, I shaved my mustache like I’ve seen dad and thatha do”.

I knew forbidding her from touching the razor would only make it even more attractive. So I plotted evilly.

When she went off for the afternoon nap, I took my eye liner pencil and drew on the most magnificent mustache on her upper lip. A mustache that would make Veerappan proud.

D woke up and came to me for a snuggle. She was always mama’s little girl. I picked her up and took her to the mirror.


There was a moment of silence- the calm before the storm- then all hell broke loose. She wailed and wailed in absolute horror.

When the tears abated a little I told her that I would try and do magic to get rid of the mustache, but that she should not touch the razor again. She nodded, wracked by sobs.

I then proceeded to do my magic with cleansing cream and cotton wool.

The world was set right and happiness was restored. And my baby never again touched a razor…..

Wish one could wave a magic wand now and make them do one’s bidding 🙂

Happy Birthday my sweetie!

Have a wonderful year ahead!


33 Comments Add yours

  1. Dahlia says:

    You were lucky she didn’t take a fascination to the moustache! please wish her all the best on our behalf, may she grow and blossom and be as wise as her mama.

    1. radhika25 says:

      Thank you Dahlia. How quickly time flies….

  2. Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter, love the story, that will be something that you will always remember.

    1. radhika25 says:

      Thanks Suzanne 🙂 That and many more!

  3. Damini says:

    Thanks for the birthday wishes, Mama! Still haven’t forgiven you for that cruel deed of yours, though…

    1. radhika25 says:

      Muhahaha…..think of all the interesting stories I have, to tell my grand children 😀

  4. Loved this! Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter!

    1. radhika25 says:

      Thank you so very much Lindy!

  5. Love this story! And happy birthday to your beautiful daughter!

  6. subinak says:

    thats so sweet! bless her on her birthday!

    1. radhika25 says:

      Thank you Subina. Lovely seeing you here 🙂

  7. Rita says:

    Damini have a wonderful year and a wonderful life! A Big Birthday Hug for you.
    Radhika thanks for sharing your story –that was so CREATIVE
    I need to hear all the stories I can so I can forever outwit my grandchildren.

    1. radhika25 says:

      Thank you for your wishes Rita! I have a lot of stories….but my kids will put a hit on me, if I shared them all 🙂

  8. Kavita says:

    lovely story Radhika. many happy returns Damini.

    1. radhika25 says:

      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment Kavita. I’ll pass on your wishes to Damini. Hope Diwali was good.

  9. Fig & Quince says:

    I chuckled and giggled at your original and truly funny story. What a clever mom! Happy Birthday to your gorgeous daughter! Wishing year a wonderful year and lifetime. xoxo

    1. radhika25 says:

      Thank you dear Azita! Will tell the diva. R

  10. Happy Birthday Damini!
    Yes, time flies. She was a beautiful baby girl and now she has grown to a beautiful, lovely young lady. Did you make her 20th birthday cake? 😀

    1. radhika25 says:

      Thank you darling Fae! No she is in the US, so could not make a birthday cake, but I sent a loaf cake and cupcakes when my husband visited her 2 weeks back. R

  11. Happy New Year R!
    What a great story. My mother and you are cut from the same cloth. While my father slept, she painted his toenails sickly pink, because he kept forgetting to cut them. Probably not a good experience for the people being pranked, but the rest of us got a good laugh.

    1. radhika25 says:

      Good heavens! I have to share this with my daughter 🙂
      You have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  12. Awww, you are a mum after my own heart, R! LOL!
    A very belated wish to your daughter from across the Causeway!

    1. radhika25 says:

      Thank you sweetie 🙂
      When are you going to cross that Causeway and come on over?

  13. Roopa says:

    She’s beautiful!!

    1. radhika25 says:

      Thank you dear Roopa 🙂

  14. You ARE wicked!!! Happy Birthday to your lovely daughter! And Happy Birthday to you too; after all, it was 20 years ago this day that you became a Mom!

    1. radhika25 says:

      I have a 24, soon to be 25 year old son as well 🙂

      1. 😀

        Looking forward to reading Part II of Heir-Raining Tales, then!

      2. radhika25 says:

        Yes, me too :D. Except that my son has threatened to disown me completely!

      3. Awwwww…… spoilsport 😀

  15. What a clever Mama! 🙂 Happy birthday to your daughter!

    1. radhika25 says:

      Thank you Laila. I’ll pass on the wishes 🙂

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