Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “beside you.” Write about whatever is beside you when you read this prompt. Not when you sit down to write, but whatever is beside you right now. Take note of it if you think you might forget. Enjoy!
I am holding my mobile in my hand to check today’s prompt. I looked around to see what was beside me. I had been reading a delightful book called AMMA by Perumal Murugan. It has been translated from Tamil to English. This book is a collection of essays about the author’s mother. Every word expresses his love for his mother. They tell us what an extraordinary woman she had been. Her husband worked but was a drunkard. She had to shoulder the responsibilities of her family and she did it with courage in spite of all the difficulties she faced in life.
The essays that I have read till now made me smile and reminded me of school vacations spent in our maternal grandparents’ home in a small town. They reminded me of my father-in-law. In 2016, due to an operation he was with us for three weeks. I asked him whether he would share his memories with me. He was happy to do so. Every afternoon he remembered and I wrote them down. I had shared them with my relatives and friends then, with photographs. My father-in-law’s younger brother was an avid photographer. There are many albums in his house in Chennai. He passed away in 1980 but we used to go to his home to spend a few days with his wife and family. On such visit, I took photographs of all those black and white photographs. This book reminded me of those days, my father-in-law’s memories and all those black and white photos. Those days were so different.
Now our world has turned upside down. When will it end? But one thing is for sure, life will never be the same again.