“How was your morning Amma?” said the son looking solicitous. He has taken to asking me this question every now and then knowing that I have been missing the companionship of the past few months. (The daughter went to college, the parents left for home, the niece left for her college, and what was a swirling whirlwind of wonderful social interactions suddenly quietened down to a buzz. I do enjoy solitude, but the suddenness of it took me by surprise )
That week-end morning, I answered with zest.
“Good kanna. I listened to galaxies, and then went rock climbing to solve a few problems. Then, I closed my eyes and went to some wild, wild places to hobnob with some wild, wild things. “
“Right!”, he said rolling his eyes just like his teenaged sister taught him. “So you read a couple of children’s books!”
“Yep! Which ones did you like best?”
I looked at the cosmophile and gave him my truthful answer.
“Listening to the Stars – the life and story of Jocelyn Bell Burner who was credited with discovering the first 3 neutron stars, but denied the Nobel Prize for the discovery. They gave it to her male colleagues instead.Ugh!”
“Yes..I read that book too. It was awesome! I wish she won the Nobel Prize too.”
We then shared a moment or two about the unfairness of it all. Then to lighten things up, I said, “But I also realized that the fragile tendrils of love tethering us to Earthly existence are very strong!”
“Ugh! Cheesy! Which book is that?”
“Forgotten poems of Pablo Neruda.” I said grinning.
He chuckled as he walked away. “Poems by Pablo Neruda!”
“You can’t just be an astronaut – you also have to have poetry in your heart so you can share it with the cosmos my man! Remember how folks would’ve liked that from Neil Armstrong & Buzz Aldrin?”
“And music too. Remember you might to have to interpret whale song for other lifeforms! Our life as a kaleidoscope!” I said with a grand gesture of the world with my hands.
“Yes..yes! Well – good to hear you all chirpy. Have fun ma!”
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