Tom Sawyer moments

I have something called a Tom Sawyer moment. Amongst my childhood heroes, Tom Sawyer is one heck of a kick ass dude. His successes with Becky Thatcher aside, his ingenuity to get a group of friends whitewash the fence was jaw-dropping awesome as a kid. It remains jaw-dropping AWESOME as an adult with a paycheck.

For ages I have hankered for a Tom Sawyer moment in my life. A moment when what got handed out as a punishment morphs into something quite different. A happy time when a lofty proposition is made loftier and transformed into a fun happy time.

A few weeks ago after some insane amount of peering into monitors and hammering away at the keyboard, the missus sentenced me with the responsibility of taking care of the little miss. When it became clear that I perhaps would end up enjoying it all, she threw in another angle. There would be two other kids that might join in.

Without much ado, we got working. The girls had to first scamper around and collect as many dry leaves as could be found in the garden. Then for strewn flowers. It took them an effort but they had a whale of a time. After which, came the task of arranging it all for display.



Their hands were a dark shade of brown. The colour of the soil with assorted grime that came about by heckling the wind and peddling joy. When playtime neared its end everyone was happy. The mommies were happy that their tasks were behind them. The morose gardener let loose a rare smile and a good word to the girls to see most of his cleaning done.

As for me, my Tom Sawyer moment had arrived. The girls have said they want to do it again and one of them put it in simple terms. “Uncle, I will share my lollipop with you”

Plus, the little miss was one proud bundle. ‘My daddy’ she said. The moments that stay in memory are the unannounced and silly times. They whizz by. Slow down, put out your hands and watch them fall into your life.

Life teaches everyday. If only we care to listen.


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14 thoughts on “Tom Sawyer moments

  1. Ram says:

    what about the cleanup post the decoration?

    i try the points system with my 11 year old wherein she gets 1 point for each 10 dry leaves collected and added to the compost bin.

  2. Kavi Arasu says:

    Hello Ram! Thank you for the comment. The clean up usually is lead by example, some cajoling and some laughter. I just dont subscribe to the point based ‘you-do-this-you-get-this’ motivation systems. When it isnt intrinsic, it wont last, thats the thought.

  3. REKHA says:

    Loved this post immensely. Dads do a have a way with their girls and their friends. And I could feel the pride in the girl’s voice when she would have said, “My Daddy”. 🙂

  4. Kavi Arasu says:

    Thank you Rekha. The little miss rocks! 🙂

  5. Vikas Mittal says:

    Hey Kavi, another beautiful post. When i finished my first half marathon last year, the most precious comment came from my daughter Manasi, who proclaimed “my papa strongest” on her fb page.

  6. Kavi Arasu says:

    How cool is that! How awesome cool. What a high that must have given to a spectacular run! Congratulations again.

  7. I can imagine the little one proudly marking her territory. Well done Tom Sawyer 🙂

  8. Kavi Arasu says:

    Ah! Thank you indeed. I am no Tom Sawyer. I must confess that I try. The ‘Becky’ of my life would agree. Just ask! 😉

  9. Meenakshi says:

    Lovely one. Especially, the last line… If only we care to listen. Keep writing, keep inspiring. Cheerio!!

  10. Kavi Arasu says:

    Thank you! Indeed! Look forward to your support and love. 🙂

  11. Ajit Kamath says:

    Kavi, Wow! These Tom-sawyer moments may come a many, however realising and relishing these is the fun of “stand-and-stare” moments as flowered in Henry Davies work “Leisure”

  12. Kavi Arasu says:

    Thanks Ajit. Will look up Henry Davies. Thanks for all the support

  13. Ashish says:

    One more enjoyable gem…also liked your comment
    ‘When it isn’t intrinsic, it won’t last, that’s the thought.’

  14. Kavi Arasu says:

    I seriously believe that Ashish. The world has made us believe that we will respond only to ‘rewards’. That neednt be the case, isnt it?

    Thank you for stopping by and leaving the comment. Brings a smile on me!

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