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#SoCS Sept. 5/2020

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “sharp.” Use it in any or all of its definitions. Have fun!

A few mornings ago, while eating dosa and chutney powder I must have bitten a dal and I heard a sound in my mouth which told me that I must have broken my tooth. I had. It was quite irritating and I decided that I had to go to my dentist. I went to the hospital on Friday morning, I had not been there for months. So many formalities now where once we had just walked in. My temperature was taken, I had to sanitize my hands. My name, phone number and other details were taken. There were not many people around. My husband studied in this college and worked here till he retired in 2017. I told him it felt very strange to see so few patients, students and staff. The place has always been bustling with activity. The broken piece was removed, it did not hurt but I will have to have a root canal treatment but my doctor said if I did not have any problem, I could wait for some time. But after the broken piece was removed the tooth has a sharp edge and my tongue seems to find its way to that place 😊. My doctor said she would soften the edge. I have to go to the hospital again.

While waiting for the x-ray, a sister came to talk to me, I have known her for a long time. As we were talking, I noticed that her right hand looked all twisted. I asked her what happened. About two years ago, she and many others of her community were going on a pilgrimage to Tirupati.

Tirupati – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tirupati
On the way their bus hit another bus, she was thrown off her seat and her hand was caught between sharp pieces of glass. She lost three fingers. After many operations and physio therapy she is able to do most of her work.

I remember mother telling me that my father did not want to go to Tirupati because some of his friends had met with accidents on the way to that pilgrimage centre. I too had never been there. I have always liked to go to small temples where the atmosphere is quiet and peaceful. Of course I didn’t tell this to the sister 😊.

We talked for some more time. We both agreed that we cannot tell what will happen in the next minute in our lives. We think we are in control but life keeps surprising us. It was time for me to go and as it happens these days we talked about coronavirus and how the world has changed! The virus is ruling our lives.