Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Father of the bride

Moppet's Papa and I were stretched out on our matching recliners, watching Moppet potter around the living room with her toys and blocks, and singing 'Happy to you' at the top of her baby voice.

It was a lovely, lazy evening during the festive last days of December, full of warmth and cheer and contentment, so I was particularly shocked to hear Moppet's Papa muse out loud, "Hmm, there's a double barrelled gun in our family. I must remember to get the license transferred to my name."

What?! Did I hear that right?

"Whatever for?" I asked, staring at my boy-faced husband of 5 years, wondering if there was some murderous facet to his personality that I hadn't seen yet.

He rolled his eyes at me, impatient at my inability to see the obvious. "To scare away all her unsuitable boyfriends!" he said, nodding towards Moppet who was engaged in the demure and dainty act of dismantling the roof of her toy castle and smashing it with her plastic maraca.

Ah, of course! I smiled broadly, and then quickly supressed it when I realised that he was not entirely joking. "Not that it looks like she'll need much protecting though", I said, as straight-faced as I could manage. His only response was to shake his head, but the thought 'how little this woman understands' hung thickly in the air.

I do understand, actually. There can never exist any man good enough for your little girl, and that's a fact that every father knows is true. I'm sure my own dad wished he had a double barrelled gun handy when I first brought home that 'someone I think you should meet' . Nevertheless he certainly did his best to scare him off by sheer boredom - the first hour of conversation revolved entirely about the weather in 5 different cities :-) It didn't work though, as is evidenced by the fact that I eventually married that someone and produced the unholy terror otherwise known as Moppet.

I somehow doubt that the double barrelled gun would be any more effective. But for now at least, it provides some reassurance to yet another hapless father.

18 comments:

Mona said...

i'm not stalking you, i swear. i've got a couple minutes free at work and another post came up on my reader while i was still on it.
:)

and aren't daddies of little girls adorable? protecting their little girls from boys they themselves once were!

Just Like That said...

LOLOLOLOL To think I've to plan for bullet proof vests too for my Sonny Boy!ROFL!

Wunderyearz said...

ROFL!!!!!!
Do tell me where you managed to get the "double barrelled gun" from .SM seems to be aldredy on a look out for a similar one..... ;-)

Aryan said...

Ahha..so funny you are Moppets mom..I like the way you write..taking about weather of five different places was the best..
Currently I don't have to think about such gun ..
Aryan's Mom

Suki said...

Hehe, now there's another reason to hope for a girl... and another reason for The Baby to hope for a boy, LOL! I should stop acting like I'll be a Mom in a few months, shouldn't I? :)

Dunno.. this post made me feel weird. Being the daughter of a single mom had me miss out on these things, and it's only through watching my Baby being like a father to his young sister do I slowly understand the protective ways men have.
My father's extent of being protective was to say "When you have sex, use a condom" when I told him(at the ripe age of 16) that I had a study date with a guy in my tuition who was kinda cute.
I guess I'm still slightly sore on that point.

dipali said...

Loved this post! What with Moppet not even all of two years old:)

DotMom said...

Its hardwired in them :) Lovely narration!

Cantaloupes.Amma (CA) said...

Pls let me know where BP can get the double barrelled gun ... he has been on the look out for the past few months ...

Preethi said...

lol.. but you are right.. i doubt he will need it.. these days the kids are so fast and smart... i bet before he can blink moppet would have won him over!!!

Sue said...

I think Father's Little Dividend makes up for it all. It seems to have for my father, at least.

Daisy said...

LOL!!!
Happy new year to you and Moppet and Moppet's papa..

Mystic Margarita said...

Gosh! I better start looking for a bullet-proof outfit for Popol right away! :) LOL Wishing you and your wonderful family a very happy new year!

choxbox said...

LOL! reminds me of a batchmate who's dad was in the army and actually brought his gun out when we all went over to her place. she ended up marrying one of the guys anyway :)

Squiggles Mom said...

Men!!! How are things at your end?

bird's eye view said...

That's very funny. I wrote about something similar on my blog http://rain-bowdays.blogspot.com some time bag. Funny eh - the former wolf turns into a tiger.

Swati said...

hahhaha..it cannot be more funny !! But its true too..we always think our kids are the unique master pieces , one in universe and they deserve something out of this world :)

Poppins said...

Hah these men, that's all the husband talks about too. He says that when the Poppin brings her first boyfriend home, he's going to say 'You got a minute? I need to show you my gun collection'. Apparently that will scare them away.

Such hypocrisy !

Happy new year you, here's to many more dosas, gifts and fun moments with moppet !

~nm said...

ok. Be done with this disappearing act. Pop back in now! Will ya? Ok??