Mrs. Resmi Nair
The year 2018 began as usual with a lot of hope, expectations and happiness for everyone, but not for us- as we were deeply grieved by the loss of a sweet and lovable soul, my beloved father-in-law. His absence made us so sad that we found it difficult to overcome his loss.
It was during this difficult phase, on March 7th, 2018, when I was taking a siesta after lunch, that the doorbell rang. When I opened the door, I saw my husband standing with a red basket, which he handed over to me. I opened it instantly, out of curiosity only to find a canine snow ball, looking at us with two big eyes, waiting to come out of the basket and become a part of our life. We welcomed him with a mixed feelings of happiness and surprise. We took out, the woolly soft bundle with light shades of brown, black and white. He was comfortable in my daughter’s hands as if he had known us for long.
Later, I came to know that he had been gifted by one of my husband’s business acquaintances. We gave him food and milk. Soon, he became friendly with everyone. We named him PIKU- which means innocent. But I was a little distant from him as I was scared of animals.
One day, my daughter intentionally placed him on my lap and ran away. I first felt like putting him down but when I saw the way he was sitting, so relaxed, looking at me peacefully, I changed my mind. From that day on, he became a true companion of me.
From the time I rose in the morning till I went to bed, he was there with me. After his arrival, I have never felt lonely in the absence of the other family members. When we come back tired from work, he welcomes us, wagging his tail, jumping on us, expressing his happiness and is ever ready to play with us or with his toy. Seeing his happiness, we forget all our stress, pain and tiredness and the hidden child in each one comes out as we start playing with him.
The year 2018 began as usual with a lot of hope, expectations and happiness for everyone, but not for us – as we were deeply grieved by the loss of a sweet and lovable soul, my beloved father-in-law. His absence made us so sad that we found it difficult to overcome his loss.