Soon after I got married, my MIL showed me stuff from my husband’s childhood. Pictures, his sketches and stories related to them. She also had his recording on an audio tape (voice recordings in my era were done on an electromagnetic tape). So I was made to hear how Vibhu could say “Sparrow” and count till 20 at 1 + X years. I had no clue what a child of that age was capable of doing so I acted awed even though I was bored ( does a newly married bride have a choice? ).
For a couple of years after that, whenever MIL visited, she would tell me stories from Vibhu’s childhood that essentially established how he was super intelligent (not that I doubted it, I didn’t fight the world to marry a dumb man ). One of such stories was
“One day when Vibhu was 1.5 years old I made him sit on the stone stairs of our verandah during summers. He immideately got up and said thanda! (cold). I knew at that time that my son was very intelligent because no child at such an young age can differentiate hot/cold senstation and even name it (even though he said the opposite)”
Then Venky came along. By the time he was one year old, MIL started comparisons between him and Vibhu. And for the first time MIL and I were at loggerheads. Both fighting to prove whose son was smarter. By the time Venky was 1.5 year old, he could say hot for hot objects and cold for cold ones. Yessss! I reminded dear MIL of the “thanda” story that she had told me multiple times to prove her son’s super intelligence. MIL accepted defeat and from that point on the whole family unanimously accepts that my son is smarter than my MIL’s son. Hardly a surprise; it was pretty obvious from day one that he has my brains ;).
So Dear DIL, just like ragging I had to pass this “my son is super intelligent” rant on. And so I started this blog. I am just gonna make you read all this. Heh heh.
And just so that you have a reference to compete against let me tell you that Venky is able to do mulitiplications (at few days short of 4 years). Yeah, you read that right. Vibhu threw him a “Mommy give you 2 chocs every day, how many chocs you have in 5 days?” Venky took out five fingers, counted 2 on each and simply said 10! We verified it again and again to make sure it was not a fluke but my son definately rocks in maths!
Darling DIL, you are up for some serious competition. All the best! 😉