(For Day Four of the Festival of Words hosted by Write Tribe from July 10 to July 16, 2016, I’m writing another 100-word story that takes a brief glance at how relationships are changing today.)
“What does he say, Ashima?”, quizzed Shiv.
“Oh, trying to remember Neil’s favourite colour”, said Ashima, getting ready for office. “His message says- send something warm, Ma. If possible, my favourite colour.”
“Let’s visit him this weekend, na, and drop the stuff?”
“That’s the problem. Do you remember his favourite colour, Shiv?”
“How’d I know that? He was with you last summer holidays. I was travelling, remember?”
“But, he hardly spoke….and I had my work…and my meetings…”, an upset Ashima replied.
“We’ll reach by noon if we set off now, shall we?”, asked Shiv.
Hopefully, it wasn’t too late.
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Here are my other posts for the Festival of Words:
Day 1: A Haiku – The Day is Ending
Day 2: A 100-word story – Acceptance
Day 3: A photo post – Worth a Thousand Words
Short, but long enough to convey how the parents pay so little attention to their child – although the love was there. Great use of the limited space. And yes, a lovely picture.
Thanks so much, Alana 🙂
Sad but a reality in many households. On a different note the expectations haven’t changed though time have.
The picture is lovely.
It is sad, and this is how the life is! We run for something intangible and the tangible vanishes.
True, Ajay. Often realisation comes a little too late!
I love the picture, Esha. Sad how couples break up, and children pay the biggest price. Beautifully brought out.
It’s sad to read this, but somehow our lives are going that way with technology and financial preferences. But it’s great that you could tell so much in just 100 words Esha 🙂
It hurts…..I sometimes feel bad that I don’t work but then I feel happy that I am giving my kids time and attention they need…..Once they are on their own, all this will change…..Touching story….
The thought of kids moving away from home is painful – even if they’re still little! But I guess not being able to remember their fav colors is worse! Deep feelings in a few words!
It’s true.Too much importance is being given to work and money and too little to the most important things in life – our families.
That is the scary part of growing up or is it growing away? Sad, but very real. You conveyed a lot in these few words Esha.
We must get our priorities right, this is so sad. We’re busy running around with work and forget the purpose of it all, for being happy and keeping up the relations that matter the most.
Thanks Dashy! It is sad isn’t it…? In the bargain to earn a good living, where is the good life we wanted for everyone?
Yes that pretty much sounds like the relationship these days. I feel for the son and the parents too… As you step higher in the ladder, time spent with family becomes less.
Thanks Raj. Inspired by someone I know! I feel for all of them really…