Narrator : My younger daughter Naina
Audience : Mama
Rhea : Manu's daughter
Chechi : My older daughter Nikita
Manu: My good friend
Naina: Mama, mama I want to tell u something.
Mama: Wait Naina, I’m calling somebody up.
Naina: Mama, do u know what Rhea said to chechi* the other day?
Naina: She said “Your mother is very fat”
My fingers stopped dialing the number. I kept the phone down quietly & looked at Naina.
Something in my expression must have alerted my child for she stopped & hesitated.
Mama(quietly): What did Chechi say when she heard this???
Naina: Oh Chechi got mad & told her off. Then do you know what Rhea told her????
Naina: Rhea said “It’s ok, don’t get upset, my mother is fatter than yours”
I pick up the phone & call Manu[Rhea's mother]
Nancy: Manu I’m very upset!!!!!!
Manu: What happened?????
Nancy: The other day Rhea told Nikita “Your mama’s very fat”!!!!
Manu[shocked]: Oh my God!!!!!!
I don't say a word & let the silence stretch
Manu[so upset]: Oh my God!!!!!!!
I take pity on her...
“And then she said….." pausing dramatically
“It’s ok, don’t get upset, my mother is fatter than yours”
And we laughed & laughed & laughed till tears ran down our cheeks.
I don’t know when I last laughed so hard. Manu also did, though I guess more out of relief.
.........Out of the mouth of babes.
Fatty Bombalatty: A colloqial term we used rather thoughtlessly in school to refer to the healthier versions of our kinds. Ever heard it anywhere????
*chechi: Elder sister in Malayalam
Edited to add: Incase anybody is wondering, I deleted some parts of the post coz I thought it sort of took away the shine from the joke:-)