Featured Post (scroll down for more recent ones)

Voicing Silence 7

Sunday, February 27, 2005

A quick tale 3

Mrs N

Everybody thought she was ready to die. After all, she had outlived her entire family. Lost her only daughter, aged 17, tragically to meningitis over a decade ago. Her husband had passed away quite suddenly last year from a heart attack. What did she have to live for? But at 56, Mrs N had so many things left to do.

Never - worn pants, cut her hair short, read an English novel, enjoyed sex, been told ‘I love you’, stayed late in bed, chatted with a stranger, wrote a cheque, drove a car, touched snow, tasted meat, screamed out loud, visited another country, learnt French, questioned God.

She died last Friday. Nobody asked her if she was ready for it.

7 comments:

Ravi said...

Very Sad. But I guess many of the old generation, in lots of families, must lead lives like these. Re: Mrs. N - should the rebirth concept be true, hope she's given a chance to make up now for all that she's lost - particularly love and sex! Amen!

Jam said...

Hey there,

Although I didn't know Mrs N personally, I've seen enough of this mortal world to be pretty sure that wherever she is right now, she's having a better time than she did when she was down here with us. And am sure that she's smiling down upon you having such fond memories of her.

Cheers........Jam

Anonymous said...

Hi there,
may mrs.N s soul rest in peace

mahesh said...

heyy...

ur tales say so little yet say so much..!!

maheshc.

mischief editor said...

did she had the satisfcation of 'lived' for others?
(atleast for her hubbie, kid)

i think the answer lies here.

Vikram said...

well Mrs N reflects most of the middle class (or lower) young girls in south india whose parents refuse to let them modernise ........

Now if thats for a good thing or bad is not for any of us to decide....

- Vikram Mohan
www.FaeLLe.com

Ramesh said...

Yes, i agree with you, lots of people just came and disappeared. I don't know, whom should we blame ?. But, if Mrs. N dared, she would have got all those things she missed rite ?.