Subha Manoj

While I Was Away

Subha Manoj

The night stays back then :)

For every teen, a night stay at a friend’s house is like a dream come true. There is a certain mischief, magic, excitement and a whole load of fun attached to a night stay. Inspite of the fact that the host’s parents are sleeping in the next bedroom, there is a curiosity and wow-ness to it.

My first night-stay happened at my best friend’s house on her birthday when I was I guess 15. To say the least it was the most exciting day of my life. I had wrapped all the excitement carefully camouflaged under a straight look on my face for my parents. Well, my friend and I (the drama queens we were!!) had to really do a lot of nautanki  to make my parents agree to a night stay at her place. I never wanted to make a big issue out of it, what if they take back their approval? I guess my parents knew what it meant to me. They never made a big deal out the D-day or the time when I said bye. I think they wanted to learn to trust me their own way…they never made a single phone call to my friend’s house to check upon me. I feel that was huge! I am sure I will make the embarrassing phone calls to my kids’ cell phones when they are out for their night stays. (smiling wickedly)

After the first one, followed a few more night stays. I still remember all the crazy things we did. The non stop chatting under the blanket with the lights off and then my friend’s mother coming in to scold us, asking us to go to sleep. The midnight visit to the terrace, where we would talk about ghosts and scary incidents. Trust me, there would be a chilly gush of wind also which would follow. And I swear we could hear voices and noises. All the girlie talks about growing up, boys and shhhhh…the dirty talks too. We literally prayed for the night to never end.

Nevertheless it was the ultimate independent-grown up- feeling.

Today, with 2 kids and crazy busy days and wishing for ‘me’ time deliriously, I wish once more for night stays. And no, I am not talking about family parties. I am talking about time with my girl friends. The ones who are also in the same boat as I. I know how much we will cherish a night stay while our husbands babysit our kids, while we do what the girl in our heart does the best. Non-stop chat, dirty talks, and yeah this time we could get tipsy too…yeah! We could make that trip to the terrace for sure.

It will be the ultimate independent-young feeling 🙂

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