The Daily Post Discover Challenge: The Things that we leave behind

This week, create a post about something you’ve left behind. What is your existence like without it? What is its existence like without you? What does revisiting it make you feel? What does the future hold for it? Will you ever look back at it again?

These words took me back in time to those days that we lived in the campus. My husband is a professor in the dental college in this small town of ours. There are different educational institutions here. We got married in 1982 and were allotted  quarters in the campus. It was a one bedroom house. Over the years we shifted to a two bedroom house then to a three bedroom house. Our children were born there. They grew up with their friends. Their home friends and school friends were the same. All have now moved away to different parts of the world but the childhood bond remains strong. Campus life is special. We built our own house not far from the dental college and shifted in 2005. We left behind  campus life but memories of our life there are very good ones. Through Facebook I am in touch with many of my campus friends and friends of my children. They have their children now. Life has moved on, but that base, campus life, is still strong. Almost every afternoon I volunteer in a Home for the Mentally Challenged. It is at one end of the campus. I walk back home in the evening and pass by those houses we lived in. Though we have left behind that life, it is still a part of my life.

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The playground where our children played 🙂

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Their school 🙂

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The Daily Post Discover Challenge: The Things that we leave behind

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.

6 comments

  1. Enjoyed your memories of that life. The memories of first place after the new beginning is always different from any other memories of life.

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  2. “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” I checked this famous quote, thinking it was Shakespeare but it isn’t. It’s L.P.Hartley, not an author I’ve ever read unfortunately.

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  3. Lovely post, Lakshmi 🙂 We can move house but we don’t forget the old one. We can meet new people but we don’t forget those we knew before. It is like we only ‘partly’ leave things behind – because really, they remain part of us forever.

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