Why I Don’t Listen To You!

Jaibala/ June 18, 2016/ Guests Posts/ 38 comments

Last year on Father’s Day I spoke about my dad.ย  This year, I was lucky to be able do something special for another awesome dad I know. I am sure most of you have read Sid’s stories about his journey as a stay at home dad. Most of his stories leave a smile on our faces. But if you are anything like me, you might have wondered what his son must be thinking about being his father’s muse and having all of his antics documented. Well, no need to wonder anymore.

Today I bring to you this note from the adorable and much loved little one to his awesome dad. Thank You for letting me do this, Rishi ๐Ÿ™‚

Why I don’t listen to you!

– A note to a super cool dad, from the awesome son!

Dear Papa,

Let me share something with you, โ€œI love to drive you crazyโ€œ. It adds meaning to my life. Not only does it make me a cool kid amongst my friends, I also get brownie points for my coursework towards โ€œNaughtinessโ€ certification. Now that we have that out in the open, I am going to tell you, why I think you are a super cool dad. This might also explain why I donโ€™t listen to you, sometimes.

First off, I am glad you are there for me โ€“ I am happy that I have a super cool dad has broken the norm and stays at home with me. I know there are days that I donโ€™t let you work and I realise that in some years I will not need you to be around as much. However, you were there with me when it matters the most. The sudden illness, the long summer holidays and the occasional sickies by the help gives me more time to be with you and yes! Drive you crazy.

I donโ€™t like it when you discipline me โ€“ You and I are partners in crime, so I donโ€™t listen to you when you discipline me. Amma is there for that. But ask me nicely and I will do it with a smile. Can you imagine how it feels to be less than 4 feet tall, having to tip toe all the time for reaching things I need like the TV controls or your laptop. It is frustrating and takes up a lot of my energy and generally kids do get cranky faster than adults. So, bear with me.

You let me get creative โ€“ I donโ€™t understand a lot about the kind of work you or Amma do. What I do know is that between you and Amma, you are the creative one. When she exclaims โ€œHe will sue you when he reads thisโ€, I know where I get my mischievous traits from. You let me get creative with colours, crayons and food. Together we have watched the re-runs of so many of my favourite movies. When you raise your voice at me, I can only visualise Poโ€™s dad and him doing a belly gong or him telling Po to โ€œroll like a Pandaโ€. How can I keep a straight face and take you seriously?

I have my eye on your MAC/ IPad and everything that is Apple โ€“ When you see me tip toing, near your workstation, you always assume I am trying to scribble on your key board with a pencil or a crayon. Have you ever thought for a second it could be because I am intrigued by the half eaten Apple? Yes, I am talking about your MacBook. โ€˜Kids these day!โ€™ we know everything. I love technology too. You and Amma ration my time with it, so when I am bored or have a chance to use any of your technology toys, I will try my luck. If you want to protect it, think smarter than me and get ahead of the game.

Give me time and I will learn โ€“ I will get the hang of standing and sleeping lines and the other kinds of geometrical shapes in due time. For the kind of person Amma is, she is quite cool (most of the times) with school work. I donโ€™t know why you freak out so much. You know I like writing, colouring and that I am smart kid too.ย  I have heard you and Amma discuss that so many times. For now, just ignore the notes that my class teachers keeps sending you every day. If I knew everything, then why should I be going to school?

On that note, let me wrap up. ย My message to you this fatherโ€™s day and every day is:

โ€œYou are an awesome dad, I know you will always be there for me.
Happy Fatherโ€™s Day. I love you.โ€

PS: Thanks to Jaibala didi (haha! I know my manners) for featuring me on her blog, so I can wish you a fantastic Fatherโ€™s Day in your world of blogging.

PPS: For all intents and purposes, apart from subtle references, Amma I have completely ignored you in this post. Come on! It is dadโ€™s special day and he writes cool things about you anyway ๐Ÿ™‚


PS: This post is written by Sid’s lovely wife Janaki on behalf of Rishi. When J told me of this Idea, I jumped at it. This was a chance to play a tiny role in celebrating the wonderful father that Sid is. Thank You J for letting me do this, it has been a honour to feature your wonderful writing on the blog.

About Jaibala

Academically a Microbiologist, I am a Web Columnist for popular magazines and websites, Freelance Writer and a Blogger. Words define me and writing and reading compete to be the love of my life. My biggest belief is that there is something good in everything and I always looks to highlight the best in things. Creative writing is my forte.You can reach me by dropping a mail at contact@jaibalarao.com


  1. Absolutely adoring and such an awwwww filled post this is Sid. Brilliant idea and excellent articulation of all the feelings and emotions!
    Kudos to Janaki and Jaibala, not to forget your master.. Rishi! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thanks, Geets. Will pass on your wishes to J and Rishi ๐Ÿ™‚
      IT was a very pleasant surprise!
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  2. How very cute!! You have such a lovely family! Can’t help but picture the father-son duo as Po and his dad! ^_^ ๐Ÿ˜€
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    1. That’s what we are. Living embodiments of Po and his dad ๐Ÿ™‚
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  3. Aiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii and for all the right reasons………London thumkda!!!!! Mwah Rishi……..and Janaki and Jaibala……what a fab collab! And yes, I agree….take a chill pill, Sid. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    1. Ah! You would (of course!) join their side, wouldn’t you? *tsk tsk* ๐Ÿ˜›
      Thanks, Vini. It was a great collab ๐Ÿ™‚ And one that made me so so happy.
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  4. AwwwwMG!!!! This is so adorable. I’m laughing, I’m crying, all at the same time. Wonderful post!
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    1. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m sure J will be happy to hear that!
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  5. Adorable in Caps. ADORABLE. Beautiful idea and writing by Janaki, do tell her this Sid. Rishi u little cute bundle of mischief and wit ๐Ÿ˜€ hugs to you. Sid this is so perfect for Dads day and for every day, maybe you should print it and frame it large :).
    Jaibala , good work ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thanks a lot, Sunila. I’ll be sure to let her know ๐Ÿ™‚
      It is. I’m considering putting it up as a motivation every day. Maybe right above my workspace.
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  6. awww… this is the cutest post ever … so beautifully written … Sid, you have such an awesome family ๐Ÿ˜€ I just want to hug your son … the cutest and naughtiest munchkin.
    Of course kids want Apple and color the floor and walls, and drive their parents crazy ๐Ÿ˜€ He is doing his part perfectly. This post made me smile ๐Ÿ˜€
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    1. Thank you so much, Rajlakshmi. I’m sure my wife (and Rishi) will be glad to hear that.
      The kids want everything we have ๐Ÿ™‚ I guess they’re just doing their job.
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  7. Rishi is so lucky to be so eloquent (hat tip to Janaki for that one!). I am sure you know how blessed you are, Sid. All the love in the world and a little extra just came your way through this lovely post. Kids are amazing creatures and the thing I like the best about them is their absolute lack of baggage when it comes to grudges. I hope he is always happy and so are you.

    Great job on the feature, Jaibala.
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    1. Thank you so much, Shailaja. The post made my day almost perfect ๐Ÿ™‚
      I know how lucky I am. And I hope to keep it that way.
      Maybe I should work on letting go off the ‘grudge baggage’ too
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  8. I just loved this.. Sid, you will be a very proud father one day. The best line was ‘think smarter than me’. Hehheh, I can just imagine.

    1. How on earth do I do that, I wonder, Lata! Think smarter than him, that is. I have to literally think 10miles ahead ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thanks a lot. Glad you enjoyed it. Credit to the wife for penning this down.
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  9. That was so cute! Good work, Janaki errr Rishi. ๐Ÿ™‚ This phase when they are 4 years old; they are merciless. Reckless and challenging your authority all the time. I won’t say that they stop doing it when they are older but they become damn good at defending everything you throw at them in addition to constantly driving you up the wall. ;D I remember asking the younger son why he is the epitome of good behavior in school and such a riot at home. He says, ” I have to be well-behaved in front of ma’am. At home, I can do my thing.” ๐Ÿ˜€

    Happy Father’s Day!
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    1. Thanks, Rachna. Will pass on your wishes to Janaki / Rishi.
      I can imagine Rishi saying something like what your younger son said ๐Ÿ™‚
      Well, I guess it comes with the territory and the age ๐Ÿ™‚
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  10. Wow… Like father like son, I want to say.. Tell me, I’m right Sid.. ๐Ÿ˜Š I think probably every child wants to say these to his or her parents, atleast the point pertaining to discipline .. Anyways, it was fun reading a letter to daddy cool by the son who makes him so ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Like Father like Son…well, Only time will tell, I suppose, Naba ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank for the lovely compliment. Will pass them onto Rishi and my wife who wrote this piece.
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  11. Thoroughly enjoyed this and it reiterated the fact that children learn by example — which is the unspoken word. Thank you
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    1. Thanks a lot, Carol. I agree – Kids learn best from example.
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  12. Such a cute post! Lucky guy, Sid, to have his little boy write to him for Father’s Day!

    1. Thanks, Shilpa. I sure am lucky! Very much so!
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  13. With you in this anything for my Ishi ๐Ÿ˜…. Goood one guess he was gentle nice and diplomatic on Sid ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

    1. Haha! Thanks for stopping by Amal chetan. Him and diplomatic? No chance!
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  14. Such a novel idea and a heartfelt post. Happy father’s day!! I loved the post. Rishi you cute genius ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. It was a sure surprise, Indy. And I’m glad they pulled it off ๐Ÿ™‚
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  15. A very special post indeed. Trust the conjurer to spring up surprises. Very soon it’s gonna be a battle of equals at Sid’s place. I wouldn’t be surprised if Rishi surpasses Sid’s expectations

    1. This one was Mrs. Conjurer ๐Ÿ˜‰
      PS. They are already outnumbering me. And with this, my wife is already threatening to take my place along with Rishi ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Good to see your comment, Salesh.
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  16. What a lovely post. Rishi you sure can make a case for yourself. I’m quite convinced you have every right to drive your dad crazy. It seems only logical. I’m sure the sleeping standing lines will all fall into place soon enough. Meanwhile you have fun and make sure we are entertained. Hugs and love.
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    1. Haha! Well, either that. Or he’s got his mother who does a damn good job of it.
      And you take his side over mine? How mean! ๐Ÿ˜›
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  17. Absolutely loved the idea, thoughts and the words. You guys are awesome and little Rishi is one lucky kid to have you all around ๐Ÿ™‚
    Super cute post!
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    1. Thanks a lot, Parul. Of course, the credit goes to Janaki with some applause for Rishi and Jaibala too.
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  18. Such a lovely post!
    Kids are smart (The Apple part is most interesting), you need to be smarter. Think!
    No seriously, we need to understand that they will eventually learn with time, and how it feels to be a kid (less than 4 feet tall :))
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    1. Thank you so much, Tarang.
      I guess we all do . Though in the heat of the moment, itโ€™s often difficult to think about it.
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      1. Oh, it’s really difficult! I understand. My comment is from Rishi’s point of view ๐Ÿ™‚
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        1. Haha! I got that, Tarang. I was just talking about me trying to see how it feels for them.
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