Chandar was ecstatic and anxious in equal measures as he paced nervously in the lobby in front of the labour room.
“Congratulations Mr Chandar. You are a father of a baby boy”, said the nurse emerging out of the labour room and handing over the little bundle of joy to him.
“How is Tara?”, he enquired as he took the baby in his arms.
“She is fine. We will bring her in the room in another hour”, replied nurse.
Chandar was over the moon. He went to the assigned room following the nurse who held the baby.
“Please press the bell next to the bed, in case you need any help with the baby till we get the baby’s mother here”, advised the nurse as she was about to leave the room after settling the baby in Chandar’s lap who was by now sitting on the bed.
Moving his fingers gently over the baby wrapped snuggly in the baby blanket, he ws lost in soaking the feelings of being a father. The baby slept peacefully, all this while.
Knock on the door, followed by the sound of the wheelchair, made him aware of Tara’s entry into the room. With the help of the nurse, Tara lied down on the other bed in the room.
“You can keep the baby in the cradle next to the bed”, suggested the nurse and helped Chandar with the task.
“I am happy but exhausted, Chandar”, said Tara holding his hand as he sat near her.
“Congratulations Tara. You have been promoted to a new position. You are a mother now. We are a new set of parents!”, exclaimed Chandar not hiding his excitement, as he patted on Tara’s head. “Thank you for this gift”, he continued.
“I have a doubt Chandar”
“Will the baby be able to see?”, she asked sceptically.
“Que sera, sera, Tara. Time now is to enjoy the moment. Forget everything else. Time will unfold the secret. Don’t you worry though” he said reaching out to her hands and holding them close to his heart.
“Que sera, sera” repeated Tara in rhythm with Chandar’s heartbeat, as she dropped the doubt and decided to bask in the glory of the moment.
Tara and Chandar turned one happy couple with lots of dreams in their visionless eyes for their newborn!