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Can You Be Home For One Sunday, For The Kids?

A husband wanting to separate - why will he think of what she wants, how she feels, what she will face, how to tell the kids?


Ever felt the lull in the light?
The usual 1pm Sunday sunlit room,
as you dust the book shelf.

The idlis are cooking,
The coconut chutney aroma fills the home,
The kids are busy with their colourbooks,
and the TV plays in the background.

There is peace, but then why is your heart anxious?

“But, can you be home for one Sunday?”
“What will one Sunday change?”
“For the kids..”
“For the kids, we are just separating..”
“Was there ever any love?”
“There will always be love..”
“Just not the same kind of love?”
“There are many kinds of love…”
“Why can I not have that one kind of love?”
“Because people love differently…. haven’t we discussed this before?”

The pressure cooker whistle blocks all other noises
“Mama, I think it’s ready!!”

What will a tag do? It will liberate you..
The expenses?
Well, many have it worse than you.. have some faith in yourself..
The love?
It was never yours..
The kids?
You tell them the truth..

A known tap on the hand directs you to the familiar smile,
“Mama, it’s ready!”
Another set of little fingers hold your hand,
“Mama, let’s go! It’s ready…”

“So am I… come let’s eat.”

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Image source: a still from the series Yeh Meri Family

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Chaitanya Srishti

Mostly writing, other times painting. Here to celebrate little wins. I am on the same page as you, just a different book - you read mine, I'll read yours. read more...

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