It was the bed-time story routine. The kids have a new fascination for the Lav-Kush duo( Thanks to the Lav-Kush series on Cartoon Network).
Both: Amma, tell us Lav-Kush story.
Me: I dont know the version you watch on CN. I can tell you another one…
Both: Yes ! Yes!
So, off I went on how in the olden-golden days , kids like Ananya and Ameya used to be away at a Gurukul for the sake of knowledge…
Me: They were sent to a Gurukul at the age of 5. So, they were like you, Ameya…
Ameya: Did their moms go with them?
Me: No..Only the Guru’s wife took care of everybody like a mom…The kids didn’t just go to school in a van, sit in a classroom and then return by evening…They helped out in everything- woke up early in the morning and cleaned the Ashram, helped the Guru-mom to cook, cleaned the kitchen, got firewood from the forest, helped serve everybody , learnt from the Guru and also played a lot, of course! They learnt everything from A to Z.
Ananya(very promptly): They learnt only from A to Z? They didn’t learn words and numbers?