Leave it to me
The Aunt places a small stool in the passage leading to the bathroom and prepares to get on to it.
The Uncle appears. “What are you doing?”
“Trying to check why the light doesn’t come on.”
“Why didn’t you tell me? Leave it to me. Get down. I’ll do it.”
The Aunt gets down and goes off kitchenwards.
The Aunt comes out of the kitchen and turns into the passage; and almost falls over a small stool in the middle of the passage. She taps the light switch. Nothing happens. The Uncle is nowhere to be seen. She finally locates him in the balcony talking busily on his mobile – he’s nodding his head vigorously and waving his hands around wildly as if he’s trying to solve the problems of the country. The Aunt approaches him and he looks around and indicates that he’s done in 5 minutes.
The Aunt enters the living room and finds The Uncle sitting cosily on the sofa, scrolling through his ipad. The stool is still in its place in the middle of the passage.
The Aunt says, “Did you check the bulb yet?”
The Uncle looks up and says, “Ah no. Don’t worry. Leave it to me. I’ll do it in 5 minutes.”
The Aunt is preparing to go out for some grocery-shopping. As she leaves, she looks at The Uncle frowning into his phone.
“Don’t forget to check the light.”
“Of course I remember. I’m on it. Leave it to me.”
The Aunt returns with two bags full of groceries and stuff. The boys are in their room and The Uncle is nowhere to be seen. The Aunt heads to the kitchen to put away her shopping.
“Amma, I need to go to the bathroom.” says Raghu from the kitchen doorway.
“Go. You don’t need my permission do you?” asks The Aunt with a smile.
“No. But I need the light. There’s no light in the passage. It’s dark and I think there’s a lizard waiting to jump on me.” he says.
The Aunt looks at him. “What?? No light? Didn’t Appa…..?”
Both of them head towards the bathroom. It is dark. The stool is still there waiting to trip someone.
The Aunt sighs. “This Appa of yours …..! Really!”
The Aunt gets on to the stool, changes the bulb and switches it on.
Then there is light!
The Uncle returns. The Aunt is pottering about in the kitchen. The boys are pottering about in their room. And the passage leading to the bathroom appears dark. The Uncle flicks the switch on and off a couple of times. The light comes on and The Uncle is satisfied.
All is well!
He calls out to The Aunt. “The light seems to be okay. I just checked.”
The Aunt calls back. “Yes, the light is okay. I just changed the bulb.”
“Oh why did you do it? I told you I would.”
The Aunt appears, glares at him and disappears again.
“Weird woman” The Uncle mutters to himself. “Then she complains that I never do anything in the house. Why can’t she leave it to me?”
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This is the 12th in the series – The Adventures of The JP Family as part of the A2Z Blog challenge.
Alphabet Illustration – Sudarshan Rao