Everyday Moments – (#SOL-2021)

30-11-2021

Yesterday evening we set out for a walk and it started drizzling. It had been cloudy but there were no rains from the 25th. We thought the rains had finally stopped.

On the 24th afternoon Nagesh came to pluck coconuts. He has been coming for many years. Climbing coconut trees is a specialised job. We have ten trees, he climbed only five and said coconuts in the other trees will be ready for plucking later. We asked him to pluck some tender coconuts. The bunch is tied to a rope and lowered down. Other coconuts are dropped down. He charges Rs 75 per tree. He and nephew gather the coconuts and keep them inside. We keep the dry fronds outside our gate. Some neighbours take them as they are good fuel.

That evening we went to the lake for a walk. It started drizzling, we thought it would stop but it did not 😊. Fortunately we had an  umbrella. The lake looks beautiful with rain drops falling on the water.

We started our book club in 2009 and met once a month. We read books which we wanted to read and talked about them. It was fun. Then we stopped meeting in 2020. We tried zoom meeting once but it did not really appeal. This year too we did not meet. One day I realised that I had not really missed the meetings and felt it was best to move on. I told the others I would not be joining them if they were meeting. Last month one of the members said her husband was retiring and they were leaving on December 2nd.  We decided to have a farewell party for her. She has been here for twenty seven years. And in my mind I thought it would be a farewell party for the book club too 😊. We met on 27th evening in a members’ home. We all got something to eat. We wrote our thoughts about her and read it to her before presenting to her in a beautiful file. We all pooled and gifted her a statue of Buddha and a book, Mahabharata by Chaturvedi Badrinath. We had a wonderful time. Before leaving she gifted a book to each one of us, Unposted Letter by Mahatria Ra. It is sad when something comes to an end but life goes on.

Last time I had written about a peacock on our compound wall. I wrote pantoum after a long time 😊.

The Peacock and the Peahen   

The peacock danced

Big and beautiful

Rich blue neck

With shimmering tail

Big and beautiful

The peacock danced

With shimmering tail     

Shades of blue and green

Small and beautiful

With a subtle beauty

The peahen moved quietly

Gathering the family

With a subtle beauty

Quietly moving about

Gathering the family

The peacock danced.

The pantoum is a poem of any length, composed of four-line stanzas in which the second and fourth lines of each stanza serve as the first and third lines of the next stanza. The last line of a pantoum is often the same as the first.

This peacock did not have a long tail

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. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.

5 comments

  1. My wife and I used to go to a lunch with other retired teachers every month, but we have not been since December 2019 because of the pandemic. Strangely, the others all meet every month with no problems whatsoever. I really don’t understand that!

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