“Do we really have to?”, she asked earnestly, as she secured herself with the seat belt after settling next to him.

With his tight grip on the steering wheel and not wasting even a moment, pat came a reply, “No second thought about it”

As the car made its way to the main road, she sat watching the traffic, people, shops and everything that passed her sight, nervously, as she kept crumbling her kerchief involuntarily in her fist.

His warm, soft-touch on her fist broke her trance. They had come to a stop at the signal.  She turned to him. An assuring smile, a familiar one, one that had been a cornerstone of their bond, of a decade long journey, greeted her vacillating mind.

“I don’t want to deprive you of any pleasures of the world”, he said, peeking deep in her eyes.

“We are at the crossroads. Why can’t we take a right from here and not the left”, she requested without equivocation.

“You won’t change, won’t you?”, he questioned.

“Please”

Loud honking suddenly trespassed the uneasy silence that was growing thick between them. The traffic signal had turned green by that time.

She waited anxiously to see where he would steer the car.

Turn on right eased the cobweb of lines on her forehead giving way to an impromptu smile.

“Your wish always was and will remain my command”, he stated in a relaxed comforting tone.

A ray of sunshine glinted in her eyes as she said, “Let our child grow in our hearts together rather than in my womb first and later in our hearts”

For they were now headed towards the adoption house which was on right, giving the turn on the left a miss where stood an IVF clinic of repute.

She, now a ‘mom to be’, by choice, turned her gaze out, this time with her eyes full of dreams of stitching a “patchwork quilt” that would bring the warmth to her empty nest!


Image by DKunert from Pixabay
This piece of fiction is based on the prompt ‘Mom’, by Corinne Rodrigues
Categories: FictionShort Story

15 Comments

Pradeep · May 12, 2020 at 5:49 pm

Very nice sweet story! The choice to take care of a child who was all alone rather than bring in a new child to his world.

Ramya · May 13, 2020 at 7:41 am

Beautiful story Anagha.

Vinitha · May 14, 2020 at 4:53 am

That’s a nice story, Anagha. Adoption salvages many a life including the ones who adopt.

Balaka · May 14, 2020 at 6:50 pm

Beautiful story Anagha. So touching. I wish many more parents did the same.

    Anagha Yatin · May 14, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Agree you Balaka. At times I wonder why did I not think of it myself?
    Thanks for visiting.

Shweta Suresh · May 14, 2020 at 6:57 pm

Ohhh this is such a beautiful story! I loved it, Anagha! ♥️

    Anagha Yatin · May 14, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Thanks Shweta for dropping by.

soniadogra · May 14, 2020 at 10:37 pm

How beautiful Anagha!

    Anagha Yatin · May 15, 2020 at 8:50 am

    Thanks Sonia for visiting and appreciating.

Dashy · May 16, 2020 at 6:27 pm

Loved this story. We need people like them. ❤️

the bespectacled mother · May 17, 2020 at 10:14 pm

The idea of the patchwork quilt is beautifully woven in the story. If only there were to be no pressure from the older generation of the family to have own blood lineage, I am sure it would be easier for couples to settle upon adoption instead of going for invasive procedures.

Corinne Rodrigues · May 18, 2020 at 12:20 pm

Beautiful and so relevant, Anagha. I’ve known at least two adoptive kids who’ve grown up so beautifully. More people need to adopt.Unfortunately, because of legalities we couldn’t adopt.

Ira Mishra · May 19, 2020 at 6:22 am

Beautiful story Anagha…. Half the time I myself feel like taking a step towards adoption but again get into that web of self doubt!

Apeksha Rao · May 20, 2020 at 6:06 pm

What a lovely story! Keep writing, Anagha! I want to read many more such stories from you.

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