Amongst the Thorns, She Fights!

April New Years

Sinhala and Tamil New Year is always a very nice affair. It starts with food preparation from at least a week prior to the day, and then there’s the cleaning, and oh the shopping of new clothes and gifts for others. Then the day comes, and there’s the lighting of the hearth and the crackers going off, and gorging on sweet and oily sweets, the food plate distribution and then off to see the relatives.

Now, about this food plate distribution business, it’s quite something. Like, for example, House A brings you a plate of deliciousness, you take it from their hands with wishes and thanks, and then stock the plate up with your goodies and go back to House A to give them the plate. Now, normally the point is to distribute YOUR goodies, but sometimes that doesn’t necessarily happen. I noticed today, how some have sneakily attempted to capitalise on just one plate. Like, for example, in the previous example, we saw that House A gifts a plate to House B (that would be you) and then you return to House A with your plate. Now, notice that YOU wouldn’t send back the same plate but would have stocked it up with delicious goodies. But, with the food plate capitalisation plan, House A would take House B’s plate and send it to House C, and then you get the same cycle. I watched this happen in front of my eyes. Our plate, got sent to the Rajakaruna’s. I was like “wtf man”

Anyways, because there were arguments at home, we had a transport issue and thus got late to go to my Grandparent’s place (where I spent my toddler years). We got there around 3ish. We were supposed to be there for lunch, BUT, we had to take a detour to see my Dad’s mother, and therefore we got late. Sigh. I love going to “Kumudu”. That’s the name of the Sinhabahu Clan Mahagedara. So, yeah, we got there and by that time, my Seeya (grandfather) was a wee bit sloshed and had found his bed very comfy. I could see Kumara (the family’s Handy(boy) who’s been with us since I was 2 years old), trying to get him to wake up and eat something (SeeyaBoo had a wee bit too much rum on an empty stomach). When I got there and greeted him with a cheery “Hallo Seeya”, he opened his eyes, gave me the cutest toothy grin and waved at me. It was so adorable. When Ruks and I asked him to get out of bed and eat with us, he shooed us away saying “I’d like 30 minutes of rest please”. I wanted to pinch his cheeks right there and then.

After lunch, and a lot of catching up with my cousin Ruks, my uncle came back from visiting aย  relative. Wonders of living next doors to relatives, they are next door (in such cases, you gotta like these relatives, if not BIG problem). He too was a wee bit sloshed. He gave me a big hug (which he reserves for his drunkard state of awesomeness), and then proceeded to tell us stories. That man is a FUNNY!

So yeah, after all that, and finally getting SeeyaBoo to wake up, and him getting extremely emotional for us all being late (he had waited for us to show up, and due to these damned times, we got caught up in them, got late, and he missed us, such a darling man), we all ate. of course keeping SeeyaBoo upright was something, I became his Steadier (every time he lost his balance, I’d be there to set him straight).

After lunch, Ruks and I went for a walk around the premises, and down the hill we went and we found lilies. And, I braved the leeches and got her a lily plant. Yep, I ripped it off from the ground, bulb and all, and I presented the find to my dearest. After that, we sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in Chipmunk Soprano. Then, we were ambushed by teeny mosquitoes, where we attempted to reenact Kung Fu Panda with them, but sadly, there were too many, and we threw in the towel and made way to the house.

All in all, a good Awurudu. At least the “Kumudu” part and meeting my dearest Grandparents and my favourite two cousins were the high-points of the day. And, throughout the entire day, there wasn’t one moment, I didn’t think of you, or didn’t wait for my phone to beep and see your name ๐Ÿ™‚ โค 140 something kilometers is faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar baby. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ *cellotapes your picture to my heart*

Anyways people, hope your awurudu was good. Any anecdotes?

2 responses

  1. techboi

    I’m so glad you had such a nice Avrudu ๐Ÿ™‚ Sorry for being half way to the other side of the country babs :-S

    April 14, 2010 at 10:54 pm

  2. We usually get a lot of goodies but this time not so much! All our neighbors have gone out! Sounds like you had a blast! Sounds like you have a good eye on exchanges ๐Ÿ˜›


    April 15, 2010 at 7:42 pm

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