The blue walls of the house radiated happiness, much contrary the state of mind which Sarojamma was in at that moment – who had lost her huband a couple of days ago.
She sat on the rocking chair – blankly looking at the photo of her husband which was hung on the blue walls of her house. It now had a shinning yellow garland around. He looked very handsome -even at the age of 82 – when he had passed away.
Not a drop of tear poured down from Sarojamma’s eyes – not even when he laid dead in front of her. The death had not been sudden – being a cancer patient, he had had his share of worldly sufferings. But she had been with him all through out – in thick and thin, she had been his life partner in the true spirit.She had promised him that she would be strong even after he was gone. And she had all the reason too. They had had a fruitful life – a happy married life which had lasted for 56 long years.
They were married at a very young age – much like the many girls and boys of the olden days. But they had been best friends ever since. They had no children – but that did not make any difference to them. Having no children had become a blessing in disguise- to them and to the many orphans in their city. Since they had no body, they had been parents to the many thousands of children in the orphanage – an orphanage which was started by them 30 years ago. They had cared for the street children, taken the best possible care of them and given them good food, shelter and possibly good education. They had had a fruitful, efficient life all through out. They had had the satisfaction of being good citizens, good people and good humans.
As she closed her eyes thinking of the life that they had left behind, she had her share of satisfaction, she was much at peace. She knew that her time had come too – now.
Their happy married life which had lasted for 56 long years had given her many flavors of life – she had cried, laughed, felt pain, felt numb, anger, hatred, love and sympathy… For every emotion that she had faced and passed through- her husband had been with her. Now that he was no more – her life seemed lifeless. Her heart beat slowed and her hands and legs started to feel numb. Her eyes closed upon even more tightly. Her heart beat reduced slowly – slowly and more slowly and to a complete halt. She was again one with her dear husband.