Children.......

I witnessed a beautiful sight today... it was something so innocent that only kids would be able to pull it off with this much ingenuity. My mind was in turmoil with a million other things but as soon as i saw this kid, every single worry in my mind just vanished and i had eyes only for him.. To my eyes, he was the most beautiful thing in the world.

My bus was going at snail pace and i was wondering if i would either reach on time or reach too early. I was wondering if i had to wait for my friend, if it would be too hot, if there would be alot of work today or if we'd just be lounging around like we did yesterday, if my lunch of a measly 2 dosas would fill a stomach that hadn't eaten anything since last night, if i would do a good job, if my father would remember to pay my fee, if i would make a good decision about my future, if my life would be as i thought it would be, if i would get back home early..... and so on...

A million thoughts randomly crept up and i was lost amidst them when suddenly the bus came to stop near a school. I lazily looked at the kids rushing in, sometimes their parents right behind him or an elder student gently pushing them inside. I was about to turn away when i suddenly spotted a tiny boy, with huge spectacles getting out of a car. He must've been 6 or so. A cute little thing with the most cherubic face i've ever seen. The pavement was too big for him to climb and he stood there, looking inside the car for help.

His father stepped out, a young man, maybe in his early thirties. He smiled as he saw his son reach out his arms to him. He ran over and scooped him up, playing around a little before placing him on the pavement. The little boy clung tightly to his dad's neck but sported a smile so amazing that i was forced out of my melancholy and my lips widened too. As his father put him down, the boy, still smiling wide, started walking toward the school. But a few steps later, he paused. He looked back to see if his father was coming.

His dad was busy parking the car and the little boy waited, his smile slowly diminishing. When his father saw this, he hurriedly parked the car and ran to his son, who looked at him with the saddest eyes. He took the boy's hand and they walked a little more. Suddenly, the father's mobile started ringing and he let go of the boy's hand to answer it. The boy looked as though he was about to cry and my heart thought it would break.

The bus started moving and i was wondering if i was to miss what would eventually happen. But nature, for once, was kind enough to let me see how it ended. The bus was again stopped by heavy traffic and i craned my head 90 degrees literally, to see what would happen.

The dad put the phone down and looked at his son, who was now some ten steps ahead, looking back every single second to see if his father was still there, but crying his way into school. The father looked lost for a minute. He then regained his composure and ran to his son. The boy's glasses were smudged by tears and the father bent down on the road, not caring if the dirt ruined his seemingly expensive pants and hugged him.

The boy wrapped his arms tightly around his dad's neck and cried. The world froze for a minute as i saw this. The father broke away a minute later and took off his son's glasses. He wiped them on his shirt and wiped off the little boy's tears. The boy was still snuffling as he put his glasses back on. His father then beckoned him closer, bent near his ear and whispered a secret.

The boy bore another dazzling smile as his father finished. He loosened his grip around his dad's neck just a little bit and gave him a big kiss on his cheek. The father eyes was shone with happiness as he kissed his son back, gently. He then carried him all the way to the gate and let him down. The boy held on to his hand just a second longer and then ran away, turning back to wave once.

As if on cue, my bus started moving and i saw his father suddenly realise what he did and shake the dirt off his pants. He then shook his head, smiled and went back to his car. I couldn't help but smile broadly. Children... they're the only reasons we still have a good side... and the only reason we still continue to love....

13 comments:

Moonlight n Magnolias said...

how cuuuute :)

But the view from the bus thingy reminds me of the Ghajini scene when Surya sees Asin for the first time :P

Elithraniel Arawion said...

@ iysh

adi paavi... what are u comparing this wit :P nonsense

Sindhiya said...

"Bye Daddy" (sob)

Elithraniel Arawion said...

@ sindhiya

lolz... nice touch ;)

Anonymous said...

mmmm.... cute post...

tiny tots are always cute, especially when they silently send their tears out... our hearts melt in it...
they are equally cute when they let that genuine smile out...
you can see true emotions pour out from them...
but as we grow up we are trained to hide our emotions and we lose all of that congenital innocence...
- franc
francis-barclay.blogspot.com

Chriz said...

kalakura chandrooooo.. am back from my trip

mayz said...

this sounded straight outta a bollywood flick...but it was none the less mesmerizing...
it actually gripped me...
ahhhh m missin my parents now :((

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Wow! This post made a fantastic read and I'm happy I chanced it!

It brought me to smile, ear-to-ear, and feel a sense of happiness that cannot be explained!

Cheers

Rakesh
http://almostsunday.blogspot.com

Rakesh said...

i wonder if this post is vaaranam inspired...!!

lovely post eltih...!! i enjoyed it with all my heart..!

and im thinking of taking a bus ride during a peak hour to fill my blog up!! :)

Elithraniel Arawion said...

@ chriz

welcome back champ!

@ mayz

awww.. it actually happened!

@ rakesh v

Thanks.. welcome to my blog. keep visiting :)

@ rakesh

hahaha.. it's not.. it actually happened.. as i wrote it i was actually thinkin abt varanam aayiram.. lolz.. how coincidental.. :)

Thoorika said...

I miss my daddy :(

Elithraniel Arawion said...

@ thoorika

awwwwwww :(

Swetha said...

very cute de!! the way u have written it makes it more realistic!! i was actually visualising the whole thing!! :) nice :)