I said nothing and the next couple of days I spoke to no one. I came out of the room just to wash and eat only when the stomach growled loud enough.
It was about the third or fourth day when I felt the need for a little human connection once more albeit quietly. I never told anyone about Sonia, never revealed my intentions.
Nearly two weeks had come to pass and somewhere in that time, Hemma caught wind of my devastating experience. She began sending notes to me with her little courier pigeons – I mean, her little brothers.
These little boys would come over to my house, I remember the first time, saying they just wanted to visit me. Then the little one, he hands me a slip of paper and I looked at it curiously. So I asked, ‘What is this?’
The other replied, “It’s a note for you from Hemma *didi!” they giggled. They also explained that they were to wait for my scribbled reply, or not return home at all. Maybe it was all in the name of chocolate or tasty ice blocks in return for the duty.
She wrote sympathetically and with apology for my sadness of heart though she never truly would know why. Hemma wrote these little notes in Hindi, I replied in English -don’t know why I just did. My ache was still so fresh upon my heart and in my mind.
It seemed her focus at that time was to encourage me to have lunch with her at her home and keep a line of communications open I expect. What’s more, these notes began to show up every other day, by way of giggling pigeons of course.
It was about 8 or 10 days, I don’t remember exactly, before I agreed to come by for lunch with her …and it turns out that included her family members as well. Ah well it makes sense right? She’s still only fifteen.
The notes continued to flow and perhaps out of no other way to express her feelings, consisted often of lyrics from Hindi film songs. Yes most of them are mushy so at this point, would it be safe to say, I suspect I am being romanced by this young girl?
And I have no doubt our families are mixed up in all of this. I believe what I see of their intentions are crystal clear; they would have me married as soon as possible so that I do not ‘run-off’ again.
I didn’t take any of it seriously; Hemma never outright said she liked me or …whatever. Very well, these little notes were just a passing of time although admittedly so, somewhat flattering.
I didn’t have important feelings for her as my heart was still preoccupied with a certain young lady in Canada whom I could only hope would forgive me.
Anyway I was looking to get myself back on that ship next time it returned to port; I knew it would, it always does! I still didn’t know what happened at the docks that morning but I was willing to approach the skipper or whoever I had to, to find out and make things right.
*didi – older sister (as Hindu respect for the elders, there are titles much like auntie or brother-in-law, for example: however a parent will call his daughter-in-law, say, by her title as such even though she is younger than the parent-in-law).
Thanks so much for returning once again! Still looking out for those comments, followers and likes. And if he hasn’t already, Little Blue Masala can and will grow on you, just wait and see. Stay tuned!
We’ve been getting buckets of rain here in most of California, how about you? Happy Winter’s January!