We are a supportive bunch – my family I mean. We love deeply, laugh loudly and support each other no matter what, even when we don’t understand what we are supporting. 😛
Let me explain. My sister is doing her PhD in a High Security Animal Disease Institute and has been working on her thesis for over 3 years. Her life starts and ends in her Lab, doing experiments that I can’t even begin to fathom, trying to find a cure for a ‘chicken disease’, I suppose. Apologies for my absolutely foolish layman terms, she tried to explain but blame my cardboard brain, I can’t differentiate a test tube from a burette.
Often she would call me (and my family members), lamenting about failed tests and broken test tubes.
“Diiii (add a frustrated cry here), I haven’t got my results yet…My whole week is wasted”.
“It’s ok, it’s ok. You will get your results. Keep trying. Work hard. You are strong…(Add some other motivating stuffs)”, but I have no freaking idea what’s this ‘Results’ she is waiting for. Mind you, I have been saying the same thing since the beginning.
Also she is getting weirder every passing day.
“Diiiii I need to buy 5 kg of Urea”
“I finished all the 20 kg I had”
“Heinn!!! Is that a new kind of drug you PhD people smoke”
“No no, it’s for the experiment”
I am a good sister. I support her, even though I couldn’t figure out for what godforsaken reason a girl needs 25 kg of Urea. It’s definitely not for any face masks that I know of.
Or for instance, take last week when she sent me a stunning picture of her in a new dress, but with a caption saying – “Can’t buy this, need money to buy Syringes”
I wanted to ask – Is it for the chicken or you , but refrained 😛
The other day she was talking about the struggles of her daily life. The rough hair which she had to chop till the nape, the failed results (again), the pending papers for scientific journals, submission of applications for Research Assistant and so on.
I could only reply with,” Yeah, I too struggle. I am working so hard to do a side split”
I was pretty sure if I wasn’t her sister, she would have given me the finger. 😛
These days, my family is collectively praying for her to get the Results this year… Like seriously, this is actually we pray to God – “Bhagwan ji, please let J achieve her Results”. And yes, none of us know what it actually looks like – do you eat it or drink it or put it in the chicken. 😛