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Little Moments Of Bliss is a silhouette of a feeling that resides in my heart. A software engineer by degree, a writer at heart, and a teacher by profession, I'm all that I never thought I would be. Pretty pictures,a poem that blatantly refuses to rhyme, a text from a deranged friend, a sudden gesture of love, its these little things in life, that matter and sprinkle bliss. Grace the couch and share a cuppa!

February 13, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

The scent of the sandal incense sticks left no corner of their house untouched by its warmth. It made them feel at home. It made home smell like home. Anushree's elder daughter was dressing up for school while reciting a poem for an inter-school competition, determined to win this time. She packed three loaves of bread and butter for lunch and kissed her good luck. Her husband, no matter how early he woke up, was always late for work. Half eating his breakfast, he rushed to catch the last bus just in time. She waved him a quick goodbye. She always postulated, if a person leaves home with a smile, he comes back with a wider one. Her mother never let her father leave home without a hug which matured into a formal one over the years, yet never was the ritual broken.

Her younger daughter was still in bed. She hugged her in her sleep and tried to cuddle off her morning weariness. Surprisingly enough, she hugged her back. She had named her daughter after her grandmother. She wished her a happy morning in a singsong voice. A couple of minutes later, her little girl got out of bed and switched on the TV. Watching Uncle Scrooge dive into his ocean of coins elated her. Anushree folded her quilt and shouted 'Do I have to tell you to brush your teeth everyday ?'. She scorned her way to the bathroom and lazily scrubbed her teeth. She cleaned herself up and a splash of water removed the last traces of sleep and pillow marks from her face.

Browsing through the channels now and eagerly waiting for her chocolate milk, she came across the new Vodafone ad that claimed to have special caller tunes and greetings for some day that started with a V and had an unexpectedly long spelling. She couldn't pronounce it and blamed the ad for being too small for her to grasp the pronunciation properly. She changed the channel and found the same mention there too. And  then, another one. She baby-stepped into the kitchen and asked Ma about this special day that was supposed to be occurring tomorrow. She wanted to make all the necessary arrangements before her friends, if the said day was so important.

Anushree was bewildered. She hadn't practiced an answer to this question of her influential 9 year old. She wanted to keep her girls away from this day, as far away as possible. She picked her up, made her sit on the kitchen slab and went back to chopping carrots for the mix-vegetables she was cooking for lunch. After a lot of probing and stubborn insistence, Anushree struggled to pick up the right words. 'You know I love your Father, right ?' She nodded in happy approval and smiled. Anushree could spot her missing milk-tooth. 'Well, it is a special day where I let him know that in words'. Her daughter mouthed Ohhh and slid back to the floor. Her frock frolicked with every step she took, apparently in amusement of this newly found special information about tomorrow.

'Where are my oil pastels Ma ?' She demanded with urgent patience. They were kept in the third drawer of her cupboard and Anushree found them for her.

The next morning, Anushree found a red-bordered page peeking out from under her daughter's pillow. It looked like a page from her maths notebook because of the tiny translucent grey squares all over it. She picked it up, it looked like a card with little flowers and leaves sprinkled unevenly all over it. She opened it and her face broke into a million smiles. Very carefully, she shoved it back in and waited for the precious moment when her daughter would give it to her.


The card read -

Happy Special Day, Ma.
I want to let you know in words that I love you very much.


It was the most beautiful Valentine's gift she had anticipated in years.

74 comments:

  1. Awww...this has to be the cutest story i have ever read!! The picture is just perfect for the story!! Your description created such beautiful images in my head, the imagination itself made me smile! Kudos!!

    My world, my thoughts, my musings...

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    1. I like to tingle with people's imaginations :):D
      Thank You Upasana :)

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  2. Hey, I remember doing this for mom and that too on V-day itself:) This post made me smile:)Loved it.

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    1. CD :) I fictioned this up and if you really did this, then you are the cutest daughter they could ever have :)

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  3. D'awwwwwwwww :) That would make my V-Day.

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  4. marvelous ...
    one of the best for 'special day'...

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  5. awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww :) This reminds me of the cute baby ad , the kajol one in which the baby hugs her shadow :D :D . Kids are just too cute

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  6. TRUE LOVE :) amazing piece,, though it is fictitious it has a strong message..
    Great one

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  7. Love could not be described in a better way. There is definitely no better and true love like that between a mother and her child. Beautifully written Serendipity :)!!!

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  8. Superb post , beautifully written n the way you concluded Valentine's day is marvellous n entirely different...:)

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    1. I just wished to get this special rid of all the mushy shit :)

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  9. Beautiful read...I love this line to the core and wish to adopt it in my life...
    "She always postulated, if a person leaves home with a smile, he comes back with a wider one."

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  10. Awww...so cute. Is it really fiction? Anyway Happy Special Day to you too :)

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    1. 200% fiction. Although I would've been happy if it wasn't and something like this had happened when I was 9 ;)

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  11. What a fantastic piece and a fantastic blog, following you now!

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  12. Happy Valentines! May love come to you! :)

    Post was well written!

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  13. Aww, such a sweet story! I loved it! Have a Happy ♥ day :*

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  14. Valentine's Day is all about giving; and this story brings it out beautifully

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    1. Okay, now, I am a little doubtful whether you've read the piece or not, but Thank You anyways :)

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  15. The sweetest post on Valentine I came across so far! It had to be from you:)Enjoy the day...

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  16. that was so unexpectedly sweet! i was prepared for a story of unrequited love and the works, and u give me the adorablest love story. makes me go aw................!

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    1. Thank You Raphael :)
      That was encouraging :)

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  17. Wonderfully written...and that's an cute picture:)
    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  18. Blissful, beautiful, innocence of a child!
    Lovely Post!


    Cheers,
    Blasphemous Aesthete

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  19. nice, inspiring stories like this which makes our day...simple yet cogent.

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  20. This wasvery beautiful!!! i am pretty weak in front of strong emotions, so I dont mind saying that I soooo loved the ending :)

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    1. I wanted my readers to love the ending :)

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  21. Really Beautiful. When a Mother sees her little one surprise her this way, That would be the best moment of her Life :-)

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  22. Great!! :) Brilliantly put down in words :)

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  23. Loved the simple build-up and the way the post showcases the truth about love.

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  24. Serendipity :) You are too too good, girl! Just so beautiful, so lovely. I loved every line of it. Every bit of it :)
    Made me remember myself as a kid making cards, watching Duck Tales..
    You writing leaves me speechless. I mean it :)

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    1. That was the sweetest comment made on this write-up Juhi :)
      Did I tell you I love your name :)
      I watched Ducktales this morning with breakfast, reminded me of my childhood too :)

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  26. Awww that was sweet and the image is superb!
    Love between parent-child is the purest. :D

    P.S. you've been awarded on my blog :)

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    1. And the loveliest, most cherished :)
      Thank You for the award Love, I grabbed it :)

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  27. This little fiction of yours touched and moved my heart. I am amazed by the little girls lovely heart which wanted to wish her mom in words after learning the importance of the day. And I think those little moments are the best moments of anybody's life.

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  28. This is first rate writing. Every single comma is in place and the sense of composition is marvelous. Reading even one piece like this makes my day, thank you.

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  29. This is getting better each day... :)

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    1. I was waiting to hear from you on this one :) Thank you Sri :)

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  30. Such a nice description....love it

    "Urgent patience"... awesome

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  31. Awwww..Thats so incredibly sweet!! following you!!

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  32. Nice story! The little girl bit reminded me of my Asha in- The coin collection!

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