4 years ago, we had to move out of the society we lived in for over two decades because our family saw undercurrents of a financial crisis. We had moved into a tastefully done but seemingly smaller house. It was just at a 10 minutes distance from our old place, but totally a new place for us. It was tough for both mom and dad to adjust themselves to the new house and area. The brother and me found it relatively easy because we had friends around and were in one of the busiest phases of our lives. Papa was more than emotionally attached to the old place, so much that even after moving here, he spent his Sunday mornings with his group in the old building. Also, there was not a single day when he wouldn’t visit that lane for temples and feeding the cows. Not that we hadn’t had these in the new area, but his faith was untouched! So he continued the practice before leaving for work. Mom is still as wet clay and was able to mold herself successfully in gelling around the new area.
So the biggest and the happiest news for this year has to be that my parents have purchased a flat in our previous complex. When dad got an offer for a flat to be sold, he took a couple of days to analyze since it required finance and loan to be arranged. Also, since the apartment is in a busy and demanding locality, there were buyers in queue for the offer. But his conviction and determination won… And we got the flat. No doubt that he had quite a few sleepless nights due to the financing to be arranged, but I know he has his calculations in place and will always emerge as a winner! He is the one who never ceases to amaze me. And this is why he will ALWAYS be my first love! My awesome man!!
Today was the day we did the kalash ceremony. A day when daughter of the house “inaugurates” the place and makes the four walls a “home”. I have been to the flat before eons of times during the ongoing construction, but the sense of belonging I felt today was unmatchable! I took a stroll in the building as I was waiting for papa and mom to arrive. Memories of my childhood came rushing to me as if it was a movie that I was watching. All those summer vacations spent on the complex ground.. All those night strolls in the garden… The kitten houses made and played with… everything! So much that it bought tears to my eyes. But my heart leapt with joy! Happy tears as they say!
My Papa… always a fighter. And this is the best gift he’s given to the family. You can never ever compensate for memories created. And this will now stay with us forever!!
As they say… the best is yet to come! Yay!