He hugged him knowing full well that he won't be able to do so for quiet some time. Knowing that he won't be held so gently by any other living soul. There he was the young boy who turned into a young man now right in front of his grandparent's eyes. They do age so quickly don't they thought the grandpa as his trembling arm rested upon the head of the young one. "Come on now dear, he's here just for the night , tomorrow he has to travel, let him get some sleep." As always her words were the final verdict of the household. Over the night the grandson explained his fear of moving to the big city. After all at heart he was still a village boy. Often he'd hear stories about how most of them found it difficult to adjust to the big city , return empty handed with nothing but misery and on the other hand there were those who were swayed by the charms and lost themselves completely . He wanted to be neither of them. The old woman simply smiled ." Don't worry my child I'll accompany you till the station and everything will be fine, you'll see". The following morning as he got ready his grandmother asked him to do something unusual, "I want you to go by the lake and get me a fish , make sure you have a bowl". Now he knew his grandmother was a smart woman who never asked for anything unnecessarily so he didn't question her request, he went to the lake quickly. After reaching there he remembered coming to these waters with his grandpa, how he loved to spend hours and hours reading books and fishing. He practically saw his entire childhood play right in front of him as the wind gushed across his body and he let all of it sink in. Finally he decided to take care of the task in hand in a minute or two he got hold of a fish and was on his way. Now, they began with the usual travel. They lived rather on the outskirts of the village so it was a long journey from their place to the station. The entire ride he kept thinking of this unusual request of her's. He kept looking at her as if she'd explain but there she sat holding her hands tightly around the bowl with a mysterious smile spread across her face . After some time she asked the driver to stop the car. As he got down ,his curiosity increased ' Why would she stop here? In the middle of nowhere?' He kept thinking to himself. The old woman simply kept quiet and continued to walk towards the water. It was a low tide so the water had withdrawn itself. The weather was perfect. There weren't that many people, just the clouds the wind and the sand gently brushing up at his feet. But his mind was still confused. He raced behind his grandmother and followed as she took her time to reach to the water. Finally they were there. That's when she spoke. "I want you to pour the bowl into the water." "But... why?" He hesitated. He still wasn't clear as to why they were there in the first place. "Come on get on with it..." He followed her instructions and emptied the entire bowl into the sea. In his mind still confused of what it has to do with him. When he returned he found his grandma lying on a blanket peacefully enjoying the sunset. She gestured him to take a seat beside her. For a minute they both just enjoyed the beauty that stood before them. "You and the fish have quiet a lot of things in common you know. " She said mysteriously. "How so?" the young man questioned. "The fish is habitual of gently swimming by its regular waters, just like you are with the village . All your life you are subjected to a particular environment , you don't really know anything beyond it because you never really have experienced it. Now when you poured the bowl into the sea. What did you think the fish did?". "It swam it's way through the water?" said the poor boy. She laughed and continued, "My child a fish in the lake does not know the depths of the ocean. It is very cautious. It first swims very close to as what it swam in the lake. It explores it's way through the new waters but very caustiously. I understand that going to a big city seems difficult , it's quite literally a sea full of opportunities. You must choose wisely but that doesn't mean you don't enjoy the current. You would face many challenges but you should always test new waters as does the fish". Hearing her words he understood what she wanted to convey. He took some time and there spread a smile across his face. " Thank you grandma I needed that but there was no need to bring me all the way over here to tell me this, I could've understood all of this back at home too you know." "Well, I do know that...." She said playfully. "But I didn't want to miss the view...."
poetrydeliveryHi thisolepoet. Your words are those that read themselves to me. Beautifully and true in all. Takes real experience to speak that. It sounds like father and it is my father but a father from another son which can be me. Good bless you we need love and words from our elders true experience. Good bless I'm Joey sir.
thisolepoet@lovenotes_from_carolyn And ding dong donut ditch on the weekends. My parents and my sister live nearby. So the grandkids and I leave donuts and hide. Lots of fun.