Here goes my list.
1. I love broadcasting my age; not for me trying to look and act decades younger. I was in my thirties when I became a great aunt and I insisted on my grand nieces and nephews calling me ‘Paati’ (grandma)! I am highly amused when women at least a decade older than me call me ‘aunty’. I sometimes refer to them as ‘beta’ to make them feel even younger: D: D
2. I am not the typical house-proud housewife. Not for me the white glove tests or a clutter-free house. I am a great one for ‘preventive housekeeping’ – I try to make as little mess as possible while cooking or doing other chores so that it takes less time cleaning it up. I have had some help from my brats and L&M in this. (The day I climbed the wall) The good thing about this is that guests to my house needn’t watch their step or agonize over crumpling the cushion on the immaculately appointed sofa!
3. I don’t conform to the stereotype of a sacrificing mother, who gives even her share of goodies to the kids, wait till they finish eating and eat whatever is leftover. God forbid! I used to fight (still do) for my fair share of these, much to the chagrin of the brats! I have often been told off by other women appalled at my behaviour, for being such a ‘selfish’ mother! Who cares, as long as I get my scoop of ice-cream or an extra doughnut!
4. Not for me romantic novels and movies. I have never read M&B except the odd one to see what it contained that made girls in my class have furious fights over who got to read it first. There was this girl who had a seemingly inexhaustible stock of them and treated like royalty for supplying the fix to the girls! J I read Alistair Maclean, Ludlum, Leon Uris and the like. Needless to say, no one fought over my books which was a relief!
5. I hate shopping as a pastime. If I go to buy something I buy it and come back. No lingering in shop windows, impulse shopping or mall hopping for me. I don’t ask for a Rs.5000 sari if I am intending to buy a Rs.500 one or vice versa, just to get an ‘idea’ – of what, I wonder!? In fact, the L&M is a ‘shopper’ in that sense. He takes more time to buy a shirt than it takes me to shop for the entire family!
6. I am not a ‘serial’ woman. I have never and I mean never watched a single serial be it the ‘saas-bahu’ ones or the so called ‘social awareness’ serials that are all the rage today! Not even Indian Idol, which should make me a sinner many times over!
7. Women are supposed to hold on to their sons. Nah! I learnt to let go of them when they took their first tottering steps. Today I am happy to be more in their lives than I would have been had I been a constant presence. 🙂
8. I have always hated silks, jari and jewellery. I must have been one of the few women (or the only one??) who didn’t shop for her wedding jewellery and trousseau! I wear the bare minimum of jewellery, even while attending weddings and functions. And I hate making up, but this seems to be on almost everyone’s list! When my sis-in-law wanted me to apply lipstick during my wedding reception, I refused, but seeing her crestfallen face, relented. She carefully applied it but the moment her back turned, I promptly ate it all up! It tasted good! When she saw what I had done, she applied some more, strictly instructing me not to repeat my act. But alas, the taste won out! Disgusted, she gave up after a few attempts! 😀
9. I am hopeless at handicrafts. Leave alone crafts, I can’t even make a paper boat, can you believe it? All mothers of my kids were adept at crafts like needlework, tailoring and stuff. And here I was, barely able to sew on buttons and mend sundry tears.
10. I don’t know if women are NOT supposed to like Rock music. I do. Not that I would know that it is Rock when I hear it. But years of conditioning by the brats has seen to it that I have an ear for it!
While these might make me a SAGS, I wonder if we are not creating stereotypes in reverse going by the ‘modern stereotypes’ that are emerging.
And oh, I like to cook, watch kids’ movies and those featuring kids, like new clothes, perfume and footwear and I adore Sean Connery and Nicholas Cage! 🙂 So I guess I’m really not SAGS, or am I, IHM?