My weekly Slice of Life are my letters to my Doddamma. She is my father’s elder brother’s wife. Doddamma literally means ‘elder mother’. She is 88 years old. She cannot hear properly if I telephone to talk to her. So, I have been writing letters to her since October 2017. I enjoy writing letters and she is happy to read them. They are only about the everyday moments in my life. Since last week I am sending my letters by e mail to my cousin’s wife. She is reading them to my Doddamma. We are at home and cannot go to the post office to post the letters.
Lock down has been extended till the 30th. In many parts of the country there is a seal down. Many wards in the capital of our state, Bangalore, have been sealed down. The Government has said all necessities will be supplied to the door steps but people are not very convinced. In today’s newspaper we were horrified to read that a group of people in a place in Punjab chopped off a hand of the policeman in anger because he was trying to enforce lockdown rules. Thankfully he was rushed to the hospital where the severed part was joined after a six hour surgery. We are praying that he will recover.
Lockdown is having so many different kinds of effects on people.
We read about local bodies feeding stray animals and birds. Wives of army-men are cooking meals and stitching face-masks for the needy. A cop rode 420 kms to supply medicines to a family. Agricultural scientists are helping farmers to sell their produce. Farmers everywhere were in great difficulty. It is the same all over the world . We read about the plight of the growers of tulips in Netherlands. There is no market for the flowers. Then we read about the Knitwear industry in Tiruppur along with hundred small industries have changed with changes happening. They have started producing gloves, face masks and other PPE. We saw a video in which a leading cardiologist was appealing to people not to use surgical masks. He gave the reasons and asked people to stitch masks or get them stitched. They can be washed and reused. I am stitching face-masks for us and am planning to stitch more and give them away to whoever needs them. It was good to read about ‘corona warriors’, they are a group of people fighting against fake news and helping people. There is so much goodness happening everywhere in spite of the corona virus.
Coming back to our everyday life, life is going on according to the new norm. Sometimes the days seem to pass very slowly and at other times it is flying. My neighbour had given raw mangoes. I prepared a spicy chutney with them.
On Sunday morning I got up early, as usual. Did not feel like doing yoga. As soon as there was enough light I swept the front and back yard. There are a lot of dry leaves falling every day. I also plucked two papayas. Sunday evening suddenly dark clouds appeared, we heard thunder and lightening and waited for the rains but as an anti-climax only a few drops fell 😊.
Today is my cousin’s 70th birthday. His daughter has been an organising an online party on Zoom for quite some days. More than twenty of us had recorded our wishes and memories and sent them to her. She and her husband compiled them. Today we all, from different parts of the world met and celebrated the occasion. My cousin and his wife were so pleased, they never expected anything like this. We all loved the occasion and we will never forget it. For some time we all lived in different world and after the party we all came back to earth 😊.
( my cousin so happy )
We can do no great things, only small things with great love. ~Mother Teresa