Sun kissed days and gentle breeze bring the crispness back to the life, she
believed. Winter also meant spending most of the week ends outdoors, with the
family. Away from the mundane chores and routine, the outings were much sought
after by the family for the fair share of bonding. Was it the lure of the
nature or the tension free togetherness, she wouldn’t know nor she bothered to
find out; For joy is just without any tags and is priceless, come what way!
another reason as well! Winter brought her birthday and anniversary too with it.
She would then plan, special outings around these days. Though she was well
over 40s, she had the enthusiasm of the child when it came to picnics. It then
by default rubbed on to her kids and man of her life equally.
fighting an inner turmoil. The kids no longer were kids. She had deduced that
the clock was running much too faster and soon she would have an empty nest.
The better half was climbing the stairs of the corporate ladder by leaps and
bounds. That meant he was busy in his world. Managing every one’s schedule was
the only important job on her hand, which meant she had much time to herself.
more, was it a bad decision to quit job
and be a stay at home Mom, am I merely the governess, am I good for nothing, am I turning
ancient everyday and many such nasty thoughts clouded her thinking most of the
days. She would shun them off by reassuring herself otherwise. However minor
ailments crippled her every now and then and turned the mood gloomy. She tried
mingling with friends. She even decided to take up a hobby, but could not find
the time to give it a serious thought.
that day, she was once again shooing away the stream of malodorous thoughts
that were trying to trickle in her mind. She could not participate in the
frivolity that was keeping the rest of the family busy. They were all singing in
2,3, 4, 5,6, 7, 8….I believe its not too late. Together we can change the world….”
attention. Your are singing out of tune…”, said the youngest member of the
family, with much of dejection in her voice. Suddenly everyone dropped singing and
turned to her. Only the car kept on going ahead on the road. Sensing the tipping
balance of the situation, the man said, “She needs some sleep. She got up to
make the breakfast for us so that we are all full of energy for this outing
till we break for lunch. Not like us, late risers!” He winked at the brood. She
noticed it all.
continued with the other song. Her thought was stuck at the duel between her
chirpy self and the morose one. She could not silence their onslaught. She
shook her head, closed her eyes tightly and rested her head on the head rest.
don’t you wish to join us? We have arrived”, got her back to senses. She had slept
for good half an hour and they had reached the picnic spot. Children were out
of the car and here was her husband, waiting for her to get up and get going.
She stepped out of the car and gentle breeze got her goose bumps. Pulling the
shawl from the tote bag, he wrapped it around her. Fresh from the power nap and now perceiving the
warmth in her beloved’s eyes, she jumped to life.
ruins of the old caves. Walking up and down the worn out and naturally eroded
structure gave four of them enough opportunities to engage in light banters and
some “catch me if you can” games! Marveling at the craftsmanship of the ancient
times, she walked hand in hand with the love of her life. Coming out of one
such cave, she glanced up. It was a huge basalt rock that had perforations at
random places. With a height of about 20+ feet, it stood as the wall to one of the
She wished to climb the rock and reach the top of the caves. There was a
twinkle in her eyes. Her athlete self was beckoning her. As if hypnotized, she
left his hands and walked towards the black rock. She carefully observed the
perforations and grooves on it. Removing her sandals, she started climbing it.
One step at a time, she kept on scaling up, only to stop for a while
to find the next groove to have her foot hold.
Each and every thread of the thought, good
and bad both, vanished from her mind as if they were never there. The cobweb of
the gloomy, dispirited and oppressive thoughts was cleared off. And when she
took the final step to reach the top, suddenly she heard the commotion at the
foothill. There stood her husband, her son and daughter, all looking in awe and
clapping for her. She blushed and a gentle smile prevailed on her face. She
took a bow and floated the flying kisses towards them!
skies had a message for her…She read it aloud, “Mai kar sakati hai!”
She discovered herself once again!
All pics courtesy Pixabay
Linking this post to #MondayMusings by Corinne of EveryDayGyaan