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A quick tale 72

Habit

It was a bit like writing the old year in the date column in the first few days of the new year. Or still calling him your boyfriend months after you married him. Or brushing the non-existent hair off your shoulder the day after you chopped it. Or blowing into your mug of coffee to cool it long after it has turned lukewarm. She still referred to him in the present tense. And included him when she made dinner for four.

Comments

lost said…
The past just seems at times too good to let go and move on..
mitr_bayarea said…
or the past seems too painful and you can't seem to forget the hurt and pain thatit brought and you want to carry it along as a reminder..
post said…
the past is always a really strong thing.
Aravind said…
its quite true.many a times past leave a strong mark in u that to feel its presence!
Tiger said…
No jaane kyun hota hai yeh zindagi ke saath... Achanak Yeh man.. kisi ke jaane ke baad.. kare phir uski yaad.. chhoti chhoti si baat.. na jaane kyun..
Anonymous said…
The past... all to easy to say we should move on... sometimes the heart just cannot, and that's what translates to these 'habits' ..
V

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Married for 31 years, 2 months and 17 days
Six cups coffee a day, brewed everyday of marriage
Three meals a day,
At least two dishes cooked, each meal-time
One snack for every Sunday
Big basket of clothes ironed every Tuesday
Average 18 items of clothing washed per day
Three children
1 miscarriage
One mother-in-law suffered
900 sq metre of floor space mopped, once a day
One caesarean endured
3 chicken poxes, 2 measles, 2 fractures, 8 diarrhoeas, depression, conjunctivitis every summer, 1 tonsilitis and countless common colds and flues
1 job held for 29 years
6 hours slept every night
Sex tolerated every 2nd week
Religious rituals everyone of them, carried out
Not one of them, believed in
Lived 52 years and some
Died exhausted

Overheard, “At least she had the satisfaction of having lived for her family”


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My mother used to say,
"Why should I waste a minute?
Why should I waste a day

Doing the things I ought to
Simply because I should?
Now that I'm fifty-seven
I'm done with that for good."

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Trapped in some thankless chore
Just as she might have been at
Fifty-three or fifty-four

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(And I have to bite my tongue)
That if you mean to learn a skill
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For fifty, I've begun
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Now that I'm thirty-one.

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