Abeshu

Abeshu

“And you know what they say about people who have red hair,” the small girl child cajoles. Failing at his attempt to ignore the child, the man bites, “What do they say?” All smiles with bright, excited eyes, the small girl child grabs at two ends of her own red hair, pulls them out to each side, makes her face as big as she can as per the directions given to her in the past by the man in front of whom she now stands and delivers, “They pee standing up!” Amidst the cackling and sheer delight of the girl child’s own observation, who now runs around in a fit of self-induced hysteria, the man crosses his arms and looks at her with furrowed brows. Accepting the girl child’s words as jest, he plays along, “Are you telling me that you pee standing up?” “Yea, duh,” the girl responds enthusiastically. Intrigued but incredulous, the man needs clarity, “Wait, what? Why? How?” “Wait, what? What, how? How, why?” the girl mocks. Equally confused and curious, the man asks, “Does your mother know you do this?” “Do what?” “Pee, standing up.” “Uh, yea. She taught me.” The man takes a small step back as the girl child settles down into a fidgety dance in one place.