My mother is a tough cookie. Being a sister among six siblings she started taking responsibility at a very young age. Trusted by my Grandpa, she handled all his finances and business and also kept him in check. She saw him dying and then took the responsibility of the family also quite well
After marriage, she was as supportive to my Papa as she was to her father. She stood by my father when both of them were thrown out of the house. Using her management skills, she supported, cajoled, threatened and stood firm to progress in life and give both of us proper education. She even stood by us and made us complete the studies even after Papa had retired when my brother and I were still studying. I hope we have used the education properly.
The only times I have seen her crying is when my grandma passed away and the next time was when papa passed away. Two years back when I came here, she assured me to work without any worry here. She meanwhile managed quite well managing the house and keeping a tab on my younger brother too.
Two days back, my brother mailed me of a small problem but did not mail me the details. I immediately called back thinking of a thousand thoughts in my mind. Getting a phone call after 11:00 PM is always a cause of worry in my home. I talked to mother speaking loudly as she could not hear me. The problem did not turn out to be such a big problem after all.
Today when I made my weekly call, she chided me for getting tensed. She then said something that moved me and made me speechless
“I felt good when you called me Aai that day on the phone, even when you were tensed. It felt so good. After you have gone there, you have never called me Aai on the phone. It felt like you were close to me that day. Now remember to call me Aai whenever you call.”
She almost chocked when she said that and then the next moment she was her tough self again laughing and asking me question. I never realized that I had stopped calling her “Aai” from a long time. We talked a lot and I asked if she went to the doctor and everything but this small thing missed my mind. It was not intentional but I guess small things do matter a lot.
This is the first time she has spoken so in two years. I think its been a long time away from home. It less than a month before I go on a vacation to India.
Its time to go back!