Once again I look for a word prompt from wordpress for inspiration. The word Broken catches my eye.
Word Association is a game that is played ‘just for kicks’ at most school or even work team building outings. On the surface it comes across as a very innocent game. But if you were a savvy psychologist you would seriously analyse the answers from each individual.
Let’s take the word Broken. Many words could follow that.
Broken – heart. depends on the speed of the answer. Quite possible the person is a recent single .
Broken – down He/she isn’t driving a brand new car
Broken – Leg Very possible this answer could be from my eldest after one his ski trips
Now I will give you my answer,
When I heard the word Broken the first thing that came up in my head was ‘Arj’. I am almost certain that would have been the same for my husband and even my eldest.
Broken – Arj – Makes a lot of sense in our family. Although family member ‘Arj’ would vehemently deny that statement.
Arj is my youngest who was born with too much oomph. He came out with a mighty hurry and with a lot of gusto. Even after twenty one years there is no sign of the brakes being applied. Over the years he has gathered more muscle and strength. Which doesn’t help our course nor the items in our household.
The unbreakable ‘Tonka Truck’ was no match for this kid. Yes that was broken too.
So you can imagine the condition of the rest of his toys. Many number of toys came from my nephew who was a few years older than my boys. It would come in pristine condition. Hari is not as gentle as my nephew but the toys would still have a lot life in them when they get to Arj. With Arj they meet their demise pretty soon.
Gentle touch and patience are two words you will never associate with Arj. When he closes a door (any door) the whole house shudders. He walks as if he is in the Army barracks and being ordered to march.
Two recent incidents:
Arj travels to Sydney to catch up with his brother and head off for skiing. Hari picks him up from the airport and they head off straight to the slopes. Its a good 5 – 6 hr drive when you don’t include traffic. After 2-3 days of skiing they head back to Sydney. Not sure if they planned to leave late or boys being boys, they leave the ski lodge late. Hari takes on the wheels again. They get home late. Hari was really tired and wanted a long hot shower. So he asked Arj to have a shower first, so that he could have a nice relaxed long shower after. (Hari and I are mindful of the environment, but not when we are having a shower). By the way this was a brand new apartment. Building was completed only a couple of months ago and Hari had moved in a month ago. Arj switches on the light in the bathroom.
Well as per Arj he just touched the switch. Hari found the switch completely sunken into the wall. It had fused the whole thing. Yes, Arj claims it wasn’t his fault, it must have been cheep workmanship according to him. How Hari managed to live there for a whole month without coming across this poorly crafted light switch is really remarkable.
The Second incident that comes to mind is the refrigerator door handle. It was a regular weekend in our household. Washing machine, Dryer and vacuum cleaner were getting a work out. Arj was going to feed the turtles and then the two of us were going to wash the dog. The turtles have frozen meals and this is kept in our spare refrigerator in the laundry.
Snap! crash! what ever other sound a refrigerator door handle makes when breaking.
Again Arj gently touched the door handle to gently open it. It was probably a very poorly made refrigerator. Arj was left to hold part of the door handle that was now very securely in his palm.
I have had the pleasure of living past the golden jubilee. In this life time I have heard of broken heart, broken leg and broken down. I have heard of broken switch as well. But never in this fashion. I have NEVER heard of a broken refrigerator door handle.
We all agree with such gentle touch of Arj, it really cannot be his fault that so many things crumble at the sight of him. We as a family must strive to buy and build better things.