My 7 year old son was growing impatient with the desire to own a pet. He made promises to me galore. Late night on Saturday I received a mail mentioning that there are two pups up for adoption. I thought of calling the rescuer. I did. Without thinking much I decided to visit the house at 1 pm the next day. The location was sent to me on watsap which I followed on Sunday after my guitar lessons. It’s been just one year of my stay in Delhi hence, the apprehensions and reservations that clogged my mind. I gathered courage and followed the map. The house was situated in a long and narrow cul de sac. I was scared a bit. I had even sent the road map and the contact number of the rescuer to my parents…just in case.
Finally, I met this adorable and super cute lab retriever who wouldn’t leave me. I was told that the owner had tortured her so much that she is still under depression. A pet lover as I have always been I thought of adopting her immediately and drench her with all my love and care. Sunny called up and said, “Mumma, I promise you that I will study on my own and practise music on my own too. Please get me a pet.” That was it. I took her home. Wow! What a welcome my Candy received by my kids Sunny and my 4 year old daughter Winny. We celebrated her birthday on that day. She slept with me on my pillow.I was so happy. I had waited for this moment for more than 13 years. I had always had pets of all kinds like dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits, fish and even squirrels before marriage. But after marriage I had to wait for the right time. And as I slept with my Candy on the same pillow I knew that my wait had ended.
Yesterday, something happened that I could never have imagined. Sunny didn’t keep his promise so I said that the coming Sunday I would return Candy. He got upset. He went to the other room and told my relative who had come to visit us “Go and hit Mumma.” My whole world shattered and I was broken into pieces as I heard my son for whom I …Sunny kept saying these words relentlessly. His words pierced my heart. My daughter came to my room and hit me. She went back and told Sunny and said, “Don’t worry. I have hit her.” To add to my despondence my relative added, “She won’t return Candy. I will not let her do it.” That night I went to sleep with a grieving heart.
Today, in the morning, before leaving for school, Sunny told me, “You will not return Candy.” My relative held him by his shoulder and said, “She won’t. Don’t worry.” My son left for school without even saying bye. Whole day I kept thinking as to why did Sunny use such strong words for me. He is a very sensitive child. A decent boy who is my pride. I realized that there’s flaw in my parenting. It’s my fault. He is a child who has walked the earth just for 7 years. Most of the things are mystery to him. I returned home from school by 4:30 pm. Candy went crazy and welcomed me home the way they do. I went to my kids’ room and kissed them as I found them sleeping on their bed. Sunny opened his eyes, turned around and smiled. I thought I should tell him and make him understand that what he said wasn’t right. So, I said, “Sunny, you said something yesterday that has hurt your Mumma a lot. I know you were upset.But you must never speak like this to those people who love you and care for you.” He apologized and promised again that he would be my good boy.
This time his promise wasn’t to be broken. I went out in the evening with Candy. As I walked towards my home I heard my Sunny playing his keyboard. I couldn’t believe it as he usually watches television when I’m not around. When I came to the room where he was practicing music he said, “Mumma, aunty had come with milk to me but I told her that Mumma has asked me to practise music for 1 hour. So first I’ll practise and then I’ll drink milk. Mumma, are you still angry with me… sorry… are you still hurt?” I hugged him with moist eyes and said, “Love you Sunny.” My daughter came from behind, hugged us both and said,”Love you Sunny.”