Everyday Moments ( #SOL-2020)

9-02-2021

I wonder why we move away from people at different points of our life? I remember those childhood days when I thought relationships would last our lifetime. But it was not so. A small gap widens to a huge gulf. We just have to move on. In 2009, we formed a Book Club. We met regularly till October 2019. A member was seriously ill and passed away, then the Covid happened and is still happening and members want to meet again. But I excused myself. I just don’t feel like meeting again. It is not that I have not been reading books, I have. I enjoy our online International Book club meeting. It is a pleasure to meet book lovers from different parts of the world. I told my friends I would not be joining the meeting as I had not felt that I was missing a meeting whole of last year. Many a time, good things do come to an end. I told them about Silent Book club meetings.  We will see what happens in the next few months.

I used to go regularly two or three times a week to Asare, Home for the mentally challenged 2011. But I have not been there since march last year. The number of Covid cases in our place has come down a lot. But we are not free of the virus. More than 3000 new cases are being treated in my state, Karnataka. But I am thinking of going to Asare at least once a week, wearing the mask, of course.

My neighbour, who is 75 was worried because she was losing hair and wondering why it was happening.  I remembered those days in 1997 when our son, Aravind was in class 7th. He needed a scribe to write his exams. That year the government decided to hold a public exam for that class. In a public exam, students of 7th std have the same question paper through out the state. Otherwise, each school holds its own exams. We were very worried wondering from where to get students studying in a lower class to be scribe. We had to contact many people and those were tension filled days. Fortunately, everything was solved, two children wrote for him, he did well and school life continued. Then I discovered that due to the tension and worry I had lost a lot of hair and there were bald patches in my head. Fortunately, all the lost hair came back. My neighbour has the habit of worrying about everything. I told her all that I have written down just now. She should worry less but I suppose it is easier said than done.

I have joined an Astronomy WhatsApp group organized by my son’s old college. The Admins send video recordings about the night sky of each month. Two nights ago, I was looking at sky try to recognize the constellations. It is fascinating that we are seeing the light which started its journey thousands of years ago. I could identify the Orion constellation, right above my head. I am also listening to a lecture on Archeoastronomy. It is fascinating. Since last march I have been listening to a lot of lectures, in English and Kannada. My husband is writing a book on Dentistry, in Kannada for the general public. He has sent the Book proposal to the Press of our University on the 5th. He is feeling very relieved. So, life goes on.

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By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. The Covid has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

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  1. I have heard that worrying turns one’s hair grey, bu have not heard that it can also make you lose your hair. Greetings. SAN

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    1. My mother would tell the story of her younger brother whose wife and only child were in a serious car crash with the possibility of not living. While he waited in the hospital, his hair turned white. It never went back to its original black. Oh, and the wife and child did survive.

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  2. I totally understand about giving up some relationships that have not panned out over time. I see that with a group of retirees. wE’ve been friends for decades, but the pandemic, and political turmoil, have changed things.

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  3. Hair loss through stress is relatively common and not serious. Before we got married, my wife’s hair was thinning and it got better once we were married. (I have that effect on people). Now I am losing hair which may be through worrying about the pandemic. Hopefully, that may return when we are all vaccinated.

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