I am a resident expert in arm chair philosophy.

I preach to my children about

  • Following traffic rules
  • Wearing helmet during cycle rides
  • Avoid binge eating
  • Not to sit in front of TV for many hours
  • Go to bed early
  • Go to bed with a book
  • Being courteous to everyone
  • Respect elders
  • Spend money on things that are necessary
  • Keep yourself fit

These are simple things, right ?

But if I have to score myself on the above, I will get a miserable 2 out of 10.

Well, I have my reasons.

Why will I stop at a red light at 4 AM in the morning when I am sure there is no traffic and you are possibly certain that if I stop, the person coming behind me is going to be equally surprises and make a eerie stop !

Should not common sense and context prevail over blind following of rules ?

In the same way, I can present a counter argument and justify myself on each of the above points in an extremely benign way and convince you that my intentions are extremely honest, but only when coming to implementation that I have operational difficulties that are outside my locus of control.

Well, that is the lie I tell myself and go to sleep every day.

This hit me hard one day, when I was going in scooter with my kids and one of them remarked, “Appa – Wear your helmet. I see a policeman there”.

That is what I would call as a knockout punch.

No wonder everyone says children are more perceptive. They do not care what you say, but they watch what you do and what a lousy example I have been.

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. John Wooden”

I seem to be taking a hit on both character and reputation !

What would be your score ?

Will you stop at the red light ?

Enjoy Maadi (Have Fun).