Your prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “in the corner.” Write about whatever the image or thought of “in the corner” brings to mind. Have fun!
I usually associate the words ‘in the corner’ with squares, rectangles and other such figures which have corners. But when we think about desires or wishes deep in our mind or heart, we use the phrase ‘in the corner of our mind’. It is not wrong but I find it a little amusing because I cannot think of the mind as having corners.
Anyway, for long a wish in the corner of my mind was to see New Zealand. In the seventies, in school, my friends and I devoured Mills and Boons 😊. At that age we took them so seriously. One of my favourite authors was Essie Summers. Later while going to college in Mumbai, life was heaven because of the many lending libraries. We had to pay a minimal amount for the books. I had to travel for an hour in the local train from home to college. In those three years, in the train, I read countless books. In the libraries I got the Essie Summers which I had not got earlier. All her stories are set in New Zealand. And the place seemed like heaven on earth. I could never go to New Zealand but it did not really matter because I got to see so many other places. And I think it is good if some dreams remain as dreams. It teaches us that we cannot get all that we want 😊.
Last year, at this time we were in Amritsar, in the Golden temple. We had long wanted to see it. We reached there on the 2nd. Our hotel was very near the temple. That day happened to be GuruPurab of Guru Gobind Singh, his Birth anniversary. and we were lucky to be part of the celebrations. Eating Kada Prasad and Langar was an amazing experience. We will always remember those days. We left home on the 1st and returned on the 9th. And in those days, there was not even an inkling in the corner of our minds that life would change so much and a virus would show us, that humans are not the supreme beings they think they are. The new year has started and we will all be praying for better days.
I would not like to end without mentioning Dennis the Menace 😊 How I loved his antics and he was always sitting in the corner as punishment. He made life very difficult for his parents. Today’s prompt reminded me of him. Dennis the menace, Phantom, Mandrake and other such comic books were precious parts of childhood.