BY SHOBHNA IYER
First, take a paper and draw a circle, O
Yes you can have other shapes, square,
Round, slanting line, shaky line… maybe
In that circle draw two hands one small one big
Two eyes? Two eyes drawn
Now, two hands, no they can’t be outside
That’s correct, we have hands outside
But clocks have them in the face
A moustache, yes, like appa’s
No, you can’t move appa’s moustache like that
But you want like that, no hands,
Listen, listen, we make four big dots not dots, lines?
Okay, four slanting lines to show 12, 3, 6, 9
Right I don’t know my numbers
Now, fill in the rest 1,2, 4, 5
Sure, get your crayons out,
Red blue pink purple
Clock should have green eyes?
I should colour?
Okay, round round green eyes
Now, one o’clock, see the small hour hand at…
What’s that you say? 6 o’clock cartoon and it’s 5:55 now?
5 minutes! My jaw drops
You know to read the time, I venture
You knew it all along, it’s the story you like
How else did I think you saw your cartoons on time?
And I ploddingly realized
I’m not the one that taught you,
I’m the one that tried
About the author:
Shobhna Iyer has worked for almost 15 years in Corporate HR and is now writing and working from home. She is a hopeful author. Blog http://everydaythingshappen.blogspot.in