Three years later..

“I am not in a mood to take the bus all the way till there, Daddy will you drop me?” He would agree instantly most of the times. Sometimes he would crib a little and scold me for telling in the last minute, but he would still drop me. The fact that the place was far and it was an unnecessary waste of fuel and time didn’t matter to him.

He would pick me up from the bus stand/railway station at 4 A.M and drop me off at 11 P.M every alternate weekend, when I travelled to and fro from Chennai.

As a little girl, I would get scared when I woke up at night. I couldn’t go back to sleep. I wouldn’t wake my sister either. I would toss and turn and finally when I couldn’t handle it anymore, I would walk to my parent’s room. I would call out to my Mom and tell her that I couldn’t sleep. She would call me to sleep with her. I would then sleep warmly, nestled between Dad and Mom. Dad would always wrap me with a blanket. I would then be asleep in minutes!

He would diligently iron our uniforms along with his. The word perfect seems insufficient. The ironing would be flawless. Not a wrinkle, not an out of place fold. It’s from him that my sister and I have got this habit. We cringe at the thought of wearing un-ironed clothes to office or elsewhere.

On the evenings that I would be at home, sometimes taking a nap, he would end up making so much coffee for all of us, with ample sugar, even before I wake up. For he knew, if I was up, he would have to drink sugarless coffee.

I never went to bed without food. I mean never-EVER! No matter what I had snacked on in the evening, no matter how full I felt, it was Daddy’s rule that we had dinner before going to bed. At least have curd rice. Even if we had a huge fight and I was crying in my room, I couldn’t skip dinner. :-/

Today when I have to take care of not just my needs, but others’ too, I miss that warmth. I miss the love which was masked by the sternness.  It’s been three years now. This time his death ceremony fell on Father’s Day. I kept getting promotional messages of what I could gift my dad. I wish I could!

I wonder how our relationship would have been if he was around.

Maybe he would have grown to like BG and been happy for me. Maybe he would have been happy to know that I joined the current organization, where my sister worked at the beginning of her career. It would have probably lessened his doubts on my capability.

Maybe he and mom would visit us at our house regularly and I wouldn’t feel so lonely and sad that people from our family hardly visit us. Maybe I would still get gifts from him on my birthday.

If he would’ve been around and we had a kid, maybe he would play for hours with the child, as he did with my nephew.

Maybe he would still take me to Malleshwaram when I visited them. He would have got me vada and coffee at Janatha hotel. The fridge and kitchen would still be stocked with eatables. He would still buy pomegranates for me.

Maybe the family would still be meeting, sharing and bonding at the monthly outings and not at his death ceremony. 😦

I just hope he is happy wherever he is and knows that we miss him. I hope he’s happy with me too!

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. pins & ashes says:

    come let me give you a hug Arch.. 😦

    1. Arch says:

      Thanks for the hug PnA!

  2. Greenboochi says:

    Big hugs Arch. I am pretty choked up and teary eyed 😦 I am sure he is happy wherever he is.

    1. Arch says:

      Thank you GB!

  3. Anu says:

    From 3 days, the same phrase of ‘3 years’ has been going on in a loop in my mind… 😦
    Yesterday I was feeling so restless on the way back home, that I tuned into the radio – hoping to catch some old melodies which would bring back good memories… and guess what?! right that moment R K Raghavan’s Veena recital started playing on the channel I tuned into. It seemed like a message from him and I felt peaceful… Later when I looked out, I saw a big rose bush outside a house, abloom with the same cream-yellow roses that grew aplenty in our home!
    I felt like these were signs and he was sending his wishes…

    1. Hugs to you and Arch. So much love and strength to you both and your family…

      1. Arch says:

        Thank you PB!

    2. Arch says:

      Wow! I am so glad hearing about those signs!

  4. Dear Arch,

    hegidiya? It has been so long – I have read a few posts of your by now. It is always touching to read your posts about your appa. I can so relate to the coffee with ample sugar , just the way my pa makes it. He can take sugar but the amount of sugar he adds is so much! I used to love it before but now I cannot take in that much sugar. Yet, I miss it when am in Singapore. When I was in Mysore last, I asked him to make his trademark coffee. It is incredible how little things that you just laughed at or made fun of become to close to your heart.
    I hope writing about him makes you as happy as it makes him, in the happy place he is.

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