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 edit the letters and post them as Slice of Life every Tuesday.
( my mother-in-law’s brother)
Yesterday was my mother-in-law’s death anniversary. She passed way in 1980 when she was in her forties. My husband, being the elder son performs the rituals. We went to our village early in the morning. My father-in-law was feeling very upset that he had forgotten the date because he who has always told us the date looking at the ‘panchanga’(almanac). We told him that he had told us but he was not convinced. I was feeling very sad. We left at four and reached home by 6.30.I got home some of the food. Today morning I prepared ‘rice rotti’ using the cooked rice. I added rice powder, onions, green chillies and curry leaves. I made them on banana leaves. We all liked it.
On the 25th my mother and I went to the hospital for her eye check up. She has cataract but at the very initial stage. She has no problem while reading or looking at far away objects. She has been prescribed new glasses. She was very happy that she need not have an operation. She has got the glasses and is very happy with them.
Today I went to Asare, home for the mentally challenged. Last week I could go only once. I usually try to go three times a week.
On the 27th we attended the second day function of my husband’s cousin’s son’s wedding. The wedding is hosted by the bride’s family and the second day by the bridegroom’s family. There are many rituals and the bride enters her new home for the first time. We returned in the evening after visiting my husband’s another cousin and my Doddamma’s younger brother on the way back.
( my husband and his cousin)
Our son had gone to Bangalore to get mobility training at the National Association for the Blind (NAB) in Bangalore. The first two days he was taught how to use the white cane. The other days he explored the city by himself after reporting at the institution every morning. He went by bus, train and metro by himself and everywhere people helped him. He is very happy that he can now go by himself anywhere he wants to. This training has given him more confidence. He reached home on the 28th morning.
We are going for our evening walks. We take umbrellas because we do not when it will rain. It does not rain the whole day like it used to. Now we get passing showers. When it rains, it just pours, then stops and there is sunshine. Everyone in worried about the rains. But there is nothing we can do. It is definitely due to climate change. We have to take each day as it comes. It is being said monsoon will be normal. We are keeping our fingers crossed. We are feeling happy that it is raining. 😊 Life goes on.
Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent.
Panchangam – Wikipedia
akki rotti recipe | rice roti recipe – hebbarskitchen.com