Sunday, May 10, 2009

My sweet little honey bee..


I don’t know what was it that woke me up.. I sat up in the bed and checked the time.

04.05

Oooooh..!!

‘ I needed bit more sleep..!!!’

I snuggled back ..Tossing and turning.. Trying to relax..

But no.. I couldn’t..

Something niggled at the back of my mind.

I raised the curtain and peered out of the window. There was nothing.. Only the pre dawn darkness outside..

Oh yes..! I remembered..

It must have been the mild worry of Gautam’s trip

My son’s first trip alone...to Malayatoor Church and back. I checked the time again his train would be leaving soon.. He would get down at Angamaly. Find a bus to Malayattor.. Climb the hill alone.. Pray at the St. Thomas church and return.

He would be back only at ten night..

He had already slept last night when I reached home..

Your money for the trip is on the table.. I has whispered and he had nodded sleepily without opening his eyes lest his sleep be disturbed.

The mom in me had to call him. Even though he had told me not to.

‘Yes?’ He sounded grouchy

‘Where are you?’

‘On the second platform.’

‘Has the train come?’

‘No. Announced’

‘Don’t let your bag out of your sight.’

‘Ok’.

‘Don’t talk to strangers.’

‘Ok.’

‘I’ll call in between’

‘No don’t call.’

‘Ok then sms me or miss cal me if there is anything’

‘Ok’

‘Edaaa… wish me Happy Birthday’

‘Huh?’

‘You forgot??’

No. Happy birthday. The train is coming. Bye’

‘Hmmm. Boys..!!’

‘It is in such moments I wish I had a girl.. ‘

I couldn’t sleep again.

Self pity washed over me.

Hubby was in some happy dreamland..

I decided to get up.. Could do with some quiet time in the silent house.. Some self reflection.. Some time to pray.. A leisurely cup of tea.. I walked downstairs.. Taj was also sleeping.. grateful for one day without his morning tuition.

‘Hmmm..’

The light was left on in the dining room… he must have forgotten to off it in the hurry..

I walked into the kitchen.. ‘Earl gray tea today’ I told myself..

I made a pot. Set a tray with my fav linen , cup and saucer and a plate of cookies.

Yes!!! Happy birthday to me…!!!

I walked into the lighted dining hall singing ‘Happy birthday to you Anu…!!!’

I stopped in my track

On the table was a gift wrapped parcel..!

On the top of it an envelope

I took the envelope first

On it Gautam has scrawled..

To my mother who is always an eight year old girl at heart.

You are so special , your birthday happens to be mother’s day

I opened the envelope inside it was a card with a smiling honey bee prancing around flowers . I read.

"This sweet little honey bee is here to tell you mom that you make our home a special place to come back to always.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY.”

I opened the parcel.

Inside it was a teddy with an adoring smile and a huge pink heart with ‘MUM’ embroidered across it !!!

My eyes moistened.. I dialed his no: .. No he had told me not to call during his first adventure trip alone.. I texted instead.

THANK YOU SWEET HEART..!!

21 comments:

silverine said...

That moistened my eyes too! Happy Mother Day Angel Doc. You truly deserve it!

Jagdish said...

Awww... Doc!! Such a sweet post. I can just imagine how mushy mushy u would have felt deep down inside your heart. And now you know we boys also have a thing called heart which has feelings & emotions :P. Happy Mother's Day to you Doc! :)

Dhanya said...

Hey Happy B'day to you Doc and Happy Mothers Day too :)

mathew said...

sweet...and cute.

Happy Birthday to you...!!

Dhanush said...

That was Awesome. Happy Birthday n Mother's Day Doc!!

Bindhu Unny said...

That was a lovely gesture!
Belated birthday wishes :-)

Hammy said...

I was directed to you by Silverine.

Happy Mother's Day, doc.

It was so easy to relate to your post. My own parents were just like you... They used to call every five minutes before me or my brother got on a train, they used to come along as often as they could, and they used to pamper us like crazy. My brother sometimes got embarrassed, when he was with friends, and has often told them he'd go on his own. Somehow, glutton as I am, I have always been comfortable with the pampering.
:D

Anyway, loved the post.

Ashwadhy said...

Aaahw... Cho chweet! Happy birthday to you Anu. Cheers to little girl in you and cheers to your son for recognizing that girl ;)Happy Mother's Day too!

emmanuel said...

Lovely. Belated wishes of birthday as well as Mother's day. :)

Ancy said...

Came across your blog for the first time...liked it...it seems honest and very touching... :)

Urs....Jina said...

Im so glad you are back...you have no idea..
happy birthday..:)

Ms. Aqua said...

that is soooooooo sweet of ur son....

belated Birthday wishes to you n congratulations ur a very good mother....

wanderlust said...

Belated Happy Birthday to you and God bless your son.
I have always admired the way you write. Found the time to read all your posts yesterday and it is truly amazing, you have a gift of words, Anu. I am sure we'll see you in print sometime soon.

bhavya said...

HI Doc,u have no idea how badly i was missing ur blogs....this one made up for all...tc

chakde said...

belated birthday wishes to you.Great to know that you are back.bi...,

Adarsh A. Varghese said...

Awwww! Sweet! And glad to see that you are still blogging!

sweelie said...

thats really touching!!!
Belated birthday wishes.

Venkata Gopala Rao said...

wow... that's a touching moment!
Belated wishes for your happy birthday!
Keep posting!

rocksea said...

hehe. that is so heartwarming and surprising! very belated birthday wishes :)

Just Words said...

After reading this post I understand why my mom has to call ( international ISD calls ) me daily to check if i had my breakfast/ lunch/ dinner .

It also makes me realize how much I miss my mom

Wonderful post , thanks and a very belated happy birthday :-)

Raksha said...

Hey Hope and Love

Loved yr writing style. Would like to take up your story 'My sweet little honey bee' in Chicken soup for the Indian Mother's soul'. Also putting together Chicken soup for the Indian Romantic soul. If you have write-ups for that u r most welcome to send it at rakshabharadia@gmail.com

Do send me a mail so that I can post you the details.

Best
Raksha Bharadia