It was a bright sunny day and week end too. Mr Balanced had returned from his whirl wind tour of the globe the previous night. To beat the jet lag, he decided to go gardening.

“Where have the gardening tools gone?”, he demanded answer from no one in general and Mrs Chitterchatter in particular. She was busy reading the newspaper. Knowing what might lie ahead if she answers, she held the newspaper little higher.

“I will have to find it all by myself”, he whined. Much to her respite, she heard clinking and clanking sound of the tools from the tool bag soon.

“Farmer in the dell, Heigh ho…” he returned humming.

As he was about to cross where Mrs Chitterchatter was sitting, he cleared his throat and continued his singing. “The farmer takes his wife, Heigh…”. To clear the air, Mrs Chitterchatter announced, “My husband’s profession isn’t farming”. He marched ahead with a long sigh!

The Giant Kid was summoned once to help father under the pretext of imparting a lesson or two in taking care of potted plants. Citing the imminent exam from next week as an excuse, he relieved himself of the weighty sermons! The Innocent Baby was then requested to fetch buckets and mug from bathroom. She obeyed.

“What will I do with these empty buckets?”

“I don’t know. You asked me to fetch buckets and here they are”, came the honest answer.

“Sweetie, Daddy needs to water the plants”, he tried to explain.

“Go ahead Daddy. We have enough water. The taps haven’t run dry”, assured the guileless voice.

“Darling, my hands are dirty. Will you fetch me water”, he requested, keeping his annoyance in control.

“Sure”, came the reply and she bent down to pick up the bucket.

“There is a list in the bucket”, she reported.

“A bucket list you mean? How do you know about it?”, he inquired growing curious.

“I saw it”, she replied appearing little confused..

“You are too young to watch such kind”, he stated. “What do you know about it then?”, he continued.


“Come here, I will explain what’s a Bucket list”, he told to her.

Bending down, she picked up the list from the bucket and said, “It’s a grocery list by mommy”.

Mr Balanced’s face turned sour. In between, the Innocent Baby heard one of her friend calling and off she went.

With Innocent Baby gone and holding the grocery list in hand, he said in daffy tone, “Bucket List!”

Struggling to hold back her giggle, Mrs Chitterchatter got up. She took the grocery list from him. She was visibly happy to get it back after losing it a day before! And how did it land in the bucket…that story some other day, some other post!

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This post is part of #A2ZChallenge


Deepa · April 2, 2018 at 10:10 am

Hhahhah.. I got cheated again for the faybwith today’s post.. How could you write so well.. Enjoyable read:) B for beautiful. Have your say on my atoz challenge post too. Have a nice day:)

    Anagha Yatin · April 2, 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Thanks Deepa. Happy A to Zing!

syncwithdeep · April 2, 2018 at 10:14 am

I got cheated again today on your post. How well you write. Enjoyable read. B is beautiful. Have your say on my atoz post too. Have a nice day:)

    Anagha Yatin · April 2, 2018 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks dear.

BellyBytes · April 2, 2018 at 12:10 pm

Mrs. ChitterChatter is one clever lady. Love the way she deflects arguments and unpleasant situations with dexterity and ingenuity. Indeed a treat lies ahead of me this month……

    Anagha Yatin · April 2, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Thank you Sunita for appreciating my efforts. Thanks for visiting. Wish to see you visiting again.

Dipika Singh · April 2, 2018 at 12:10 pm

I am enjoying reading such lovely posts from you Anagha. Lovely

    Anagha Yatin · April 2, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    Thank you Dipika. I so await the dose of uplifting remarks from you dear!

Ramya Abhinand · April 2, 2018 at 12:17 pm

Yet another twist in your post today!!! But surely loved the fun element..

    Anagha Yatin · April 2, 2018 at 10:09 pm

    Thanks Ramya.

sukrisblog · April 2, 2018 at 1:49 pm

Haha I’m waiting to hear how the list landed there …

    Anagha Yatin · April 2, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    May be some other post…Thanks Sudha for visiting.

Akshata Ram · April 2, 2018 at 2:23 pm

good interpretation of the bucket list Anagha

    Anagha Yatin · April 2, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Thanks Akshata

Lavanya · April 2, 2018 at 2:38 pm

Mrs Chitterchatter is the caricature of every smart middle class family lady!

    Anagha Yatin · April 2, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    Our own very next door one! Thanks Lavanya for visiting.

Miss Andi · April 2, 2018 at 2:45 pm

That was a delightful read, funny as well – really enjoyed it 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · April 2, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Thanks Andi for visiting. Happy that you liked it.

Keith's Ramblings · April 2, 2018 at 3:53 pm

A little different from your average bucket list|! Excellent.

My Friend Rosey – B is for Boyfriend

    Anagha Yatin · April 2, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Thank you so much Keith.

Ruchie · April 2, 2018 at 4:14 pm

hahaha this is so differebt bucket ..loved an enjoying the couple’s connection.

    Anagha Yatin · April 2, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Thanks Ruchie was visiting. Glad that you liked it!

Varsh · April 2, 2018 at 4:43 pm

I wish I was a fly on your wall. Would be thoroughly entertained day in and day out!
Poor Mr. Balanced lost his chance to sermon the one obedient listener in the family. 😛

    Anagha Yatin · April 2, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Hahaha…I am flattered! Thanks Varsh for supporting and appreciating.

Mayuri Nidigallu · April 2, 2018 at 9:18 pm

These episodes are reminding me of the sitcom, ‘Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi’ and I smile through reading them. Our daily dose of happiness, courtesy Anagha:)

    Anagha Yatin · April 2, 2018 at 9:52 pm

    I was a fan of it! Satish Shah and company made us believe that life is beautiful and it really turned out to be. Thanks Mayuri.

Deepa · April 2, 2018 at 9:19 pm

Hahah..This is actually a bucket list. Enjoyed reading this one too Anagha. Keep on bringing these interesting stories.

    Anagha Yatin · April 2, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    Thanks Deepa for visiting and encouraging me.

Varad · April 2, 2018 at 10:10 pm

Just another normal day! This was so much fun, Anagha. Loved the deadpan humour in the story. And a literal bucket list 😛

    Anagha Yatin · April 2, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Thanks Varad for visiting. Happy that the story fetched some fun for you!

Emily Bloomquist · April 2, 2018 at 10:15 pm

How fun, Anagha! Innocent Baby will forever have a different interpretation of a Bucket List than the rest of the world.

Emily In Ecuador | Boats in Puerto Lopez

    Anagha Yatin · April 2, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Yes, thats true. Thanks Emily for visiting and now you have given me the seed for another tale!

Nupur Maskara (@nuttynupur) · April 2, 2018 at 10:17 pm

Liked the personification of the bucket list!

Ravish Mani · April 2, 2018 at 11:31 pm

Wow, lovely! So relatable & entertaining. You are a good story teller, Anagha. Loved the interactions of Mr. Balanced & Mrs. Chitterchatter. 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · April 3, 2018 at 6:16 am

    Thanks Ravish for encouraging remarks.

Iain Kelly · April 3, 2018 at 12:20 am

Haha, love that different definition of a bucket list!

    Anagha Yatin · April 3, 2018 at 6:15 am

    Thanks Ian.

Nilanjana Bose · April 3, 2018 at 2:49 am

Fun post! Babies will always come up with answers that’ll gobsmack the parents.

Best wishes,

    Anagha Yatin · April 3, 2018 at 6:14 am

    True that Nilanjana. Thanks for visiting.

mahekg · April 3, 2018 at 11:53 am

I cant control my laughter.. will always remember the bucket list

Disha · April 4, 2018 at 11:55 am

Loved it. Mrs. does know how to keep husband in check. This bucket list will never be misplaced again.

Aesha · April 5, 2018 at 11:42 pm

Nice one!! I am loving your fiction series. I am loving your characters ( names & personalities)

An@m! · April 5, 2018 at 11:53 pm

I am reading it second time, but that didn’t affected. Lovely and hilarious. Bucket list.

Medha Nagur · April 13, 2018 at 12:28 pm

Haha… smart kid! Jolly little family I must say. Nicely written

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