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There is only so much you can expect from an elderly woman, so Ruchi tried her best to ease Aunty’s workload. More than the house being kept clean and spotless, she was concerned with the safety and the upbringing of her children. Even though the children were spending only a few hours with Aunty in a day, she had become a major part of their lives.
Maya and Meera absolutely adored Maniamma. They treated her like a grandmother with much love and reverence. There were a few things that Ruchi was finding difficult to inculcate in the kids. They took their parents for granted and refused to tidy up after their playtime or their homework time. Their clothes , books and toys would be all over the place. Being tired and exhausted from work, the couple preferred to just do the tidying rather than taking it up with the children. They were kids after all and deserved to enjoy their childhood. The guilt of not being around much for the kids also played a role in this.
Ruchi had started to notice small changes in the twins’ behavior within a month of her getting back to work. Slowly they were growing up into responsible girls. When she got back from work, she was able to spend time with them but mostly helping them with their school work and assignments. The evenings rarely had time for much else. As they grew older, the walking/playing time in the park area had been shifted to being only a weekend event.
The two young angels had blossomed , under the nurture of Maniamma , into happy little girls. They were doing well in school, they were attending violin and dance lessons. Maya was a natural at playing the Violin and Meera was a born dancer. Their talents too got nurtured under the care of Maniamma. It was Ruchi and Atul who paid for the lessons and school, but it was Maniamma who made sure they attended the classes on time and kept a track of their whereabouts. Maniamma had become their one stop reminder system.
Ruchi and Atul were thus able to move ahead in their careers and their life was almost perfect. Failures and successes become easy to handle when you have a strong support system in place. Nobody can do everything all on their own. Raising kids is not an easy task. Both financially and otherwise. It sometimes takes a village.
There is always a calm before the storm, and Ruchi had the feeling of some kind of impending doom. She wasn’t sure what it was , but the feeling had grown over the past few months and her behaviour also altered during those months. There was a feeling of restlessness in her. This was bound to come out in one form or the other. It was only a matter of time.
To be continued…
‘I’m Writing Bravely for the Write Tribe Festival of Words – March 2019’