I believe that the moments in each day make our life what it is. Of course, the unexpected always happens and whatever preparations we make, Life surprises us. Many a time, we think that nothing happens in our life, but things do happen. I started writing to my Doddamma, my father’s elder brother’s wife in October 2017. She is 88 and is not able to hear properly. I post my letter to her every Tuesday. Both of us enjoy the letters. These letters have made it possible for me to appreciate the ordinary moments of life. I don’t write about what is happening in our country and outside. She reads the newspaper. 😊. I edit the letters and post them as Slice of Life every Tuesday.
Today is my mother’s birthday. She is 78. Today morning we talked to my Doddamma. She blessed my mother. I made ‘green gram dal payasa’. We like it very much. In the evening we went to the temple.
On the 15th Asare, home for the mentally challenged celebrated its 10th year. Ten special schools took part. My mother and I attended the afternoon session of the day. I have been going there since 2011.
This year the summer has been really hot and we are really glad the rains have started. But we are not getting enough rain. These days it is raining more at night than during day time. All are praying that there will more than enough rains this year. Water scarcity has worried everyone.
That evening my friend and neighbour came home to spend time together. We are neighbours but don’t have time to sit and talk. We spent two hours together. It was nice catching up
We went to EndPoint for our evening walk. On the way, work is going on for water to store during the rains. Ours is a hilly area and we have to see that water is retained in some way.
The lake in our place is man-made and it has helped thousands of people. There are two small islands in the middle with trees. Bird nest there. They are safe there. The water level is increasing slowly. By September it will be full. This has helped in retaining the ground water level.
I had written in my earlier SOL about my father’s maternal uncle.
He had helped to find a bride for his sister’s son in 1950. We came to know that copies of certain letters exchanged between him and the girl’s father who was one on the great Kannada writers was with a person who lived not far from our house. Unfortunately, the originals were lost. We got the letters on the 19th morning. There is something so fascinating reading letters from those days.
One morning I made mixed fruit jam using ripe jackfruit, mangoes and cocum. Last month I had made squash from cocum peel. After straining the juice, I had kept the peels. I added that to the jam. It gave a nice colour. My store of chutney powder was finishing so I made groundnuts (peanuts), copra and redchilli chutney powder.
On the 19th night our son went to Bangalore to the National Association for the Blind. He had fixed an appointment to learn mobility learning. He had been thinking about it for quite some time but was busy. He will return on the 28th morning. He is enjoying himself learning to be more independent. He is staying with his cousin and family and goes by bus from there. He has to change bus once and he says there is always someone to help him get into the correct bus or to change buses and cross the roads. The training is from ten to five.
On the 21st my sister-in-law and her mother came to stay with us for a day. My sister-in-law’s mother wanted to see my mother. We had a wonderful time talking till late in the night. They left on the 22nd after lunch.
Life goes on, there is so much happening everyday. Birthdays are important because it means that we are together.
“God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.” — Voltaire
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