Hardy is of the opinion that one little child can keep the entire bus busy. Of course, he was paraphrasing … The real saying in Pubjabi is that one child can keep the entire household busy.
Well, this wasn’t busy … This was outright crazy. How two grown men (well maybe grown is not the right word, maybe we should call them middle-aged rather than trying to assume any kind of growing up) can turn clowns is amazing. This was middle-aged to clown in two seconds flat. And why were they the clowning glory of the bus ride today? Because of a little little boy in the bus, who had such beautiful, big eyes, a very cute dude, and who was busy drooling all over his Mom’s dress. And looking at these gents, he made a strange face. This was as if to say, what’s wrong with these guys? Just a moment back, they looked like human beings.
The funny part is the discussion that followed. Mr. Laurel has observed that most children here (in Singapore) are very well behaved, they don’t scream, jump, run about pulling people’s hair, or do any of those fun things which we (and I am sure you too) have done and got scolded for as children. And the question they go to discussing is whether children should be quiet well-behaved (ok, after a certain age) and that the really little children should be little children. They should live their childhood as a really wonderful part of their lives.
Hardy was telling about a friend who, after a few drinks, was philosophizing:
If you have two daughters, you are really lucky;
If you have a son and a daughter, you are reasonably lucky;
If you have two sons, you are screwed!
From the expression of empathy in Laurel’s face, it was quite easy to figure out that he has two boys.