She was constantly accelerating her car as it was reaching near the house. And finally, when she reached home, the girl parked her car and rushed out of it. She carefully took a long gaze at the small house typically built of mud and rare stones. She fondly recalled her childhood days she spent playing around this pleasant house during her summer vacations. And how her grandma used to properly take care of her. For that little girl, her grandma was undoubtedly the most loving person in the world.
Her grandma used to cleanse her, play with her, always stood by her. She told her tons of bedtime stories, saved from the scolding of her parents. Nobody was more dear to her than her grandma. But now this little girl had become a young woman and came after a long time to visit her grandma.
She was expecting her grandma to receive her near the gate, twist her ears for coming after such a long time. And they will have a long day chatting together. But her thoughts were interrupted by a nurse how came near the gate to receive the girl. The nurse took her inside the house. The girl was so excited to meet her granny and enjoy lots of talks, that she ran inside the room where her granny was merely lying on a wooden bed. Wrapped in messy clothes, her unconscious body was shrunk, face was allegedly covered with premature wrinkles. Those snow-white hair were spread all over the filthy bed. The entire room was filled with the stink of used medicines and other surgical products. This sight made her stand almost dead, at the entrance itself.
The girl was terribly shocked and would not believe she was seeing the same granny. Where was the strong lady roaming all around the house performing all the routine works? Tears rolled out of the girl’s eyes. She remained a stunt and merely kept gazing her elderly granny. After some time she gathered some courage and went near the bed and tried to talk to her. The girl made some unsuccessful attempts to engage her granny. But there was no response. The Girl grasped her hand and placed it on her granny’s forehead. Soon the,n the nurse entered the room and informed her that her granny has lost her eyesight and memory. Now she is not more than a living dead body.
The girl was devastated by the thought that her granny will never talk to her again. Also, her granny will never be able to know how beautiful her little girl has grown up to be. The girl thought of vacating the room with rolling tears in her eyes. Meanwhile, few tears dropped on her granny’s sensitive hands.
When the girl tried to stand, she realized that her granny has gripped the girl’s hand tightly. She instantly realized that her granny has recognized her in spite of losing eyesight and memory. Sometimes affections are beyond physical disabilities. Now neither the girl nor her granny had talked anything. All they did for the next few minutes was just sit holding each others hands.
After dinner, the girl left her granny to take some rest. She went out of the house and sat in a an open gallery. It was a quite peaceful, countering the cold breeze under the radiant moonlight. Fireflies were twinkling all around the place. The girl thought to herself “What made me so busy? My work? my career? my social life? Why didn’t I visit my dear granny earlier? So she would have talked to me. And I would had reciprocated to her mutual feelings before this would have happened. She cared for me, but I could not.”
The girl asked herself one more question. “Did I really achieved more than what I have lost presently? Can all my money, my achievements can bring my granny back to normal.”
Even though her granny’s condition was due to the age factor, but still the girl felt that somewhere she was also guilty for her granny’s condition.