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It is almost mid morning. I haven’t seen Momma yet.

Daddy had left for the office, at his usual time, giving me a mighty kick, on his way out.

Momma’s bedroom door is still tightly shut. Seasoned as I am, I don’t disturb her. But my sixth sense says, she is Ok, just hurting. A lot! But that is nothing out of the ordinary.

Suddenly the door opens, Momma comes out, scoops me and mutters incoherently.

“Come on Sheru, let us go and indulge ourselves in a much-needed mani-pedi session.” She then bundles me up and starts the car.

I look at her. Behind those gigantic glares, I know that her eyes would be puffed up, carefully camouflaged with eyeliner and mascara. Her quivering lips sporting a blood red, start muttering again.

“You know Sheru, he isn’t a bad guy. He provides for me.  He never hits me. He just loses his temper and says vile things. But that is stress you know, all his work makes him volatile!”

I say nothing. The incongruity of calling a pint sized me, a Sheru, hasn’t hit her so far. When will she see the truth that stares at her, right in the face?

My mother, Moti, Momma’s earlier pet, used to tell me that Momma was the life of her family, raised as a princess. Momma’s father and Daddy’s father were business acquaintances who wanted to take their friendship to the next level. They solemnized their children’s marriage, in a grand ceremony, which became the talk of the town. Daddy wanted to marry someone else but when his father threatened disinheritance, quietly married Momma. He now takes his anger out on Momma.

But what I fail to understand is why does she take it? What fate is she afraid of? Does the fear of unknown make one settle for known misery? Why does she not leave him and go back to her parents’ place? I remember Momma, talking to her parents, who suggested to her to work on her marriage, use her charms, win him over. Daddy was a catch you see. Daddy lost his cool at times, that’s it. No big deal! Daddy was to be Momma’s only goal.

After this sermon, vivacious Momma had become very quiet.

Her parents would often send costly gifts to fill up the home.

Instead, they could have given her the courage to walk out and rebuild her life.

I am an animal, I can understand this much. Why don’t humans then?

And they call mine, a Dog’s life!

I am loyal. So, I go silently with Momma to all her mani-pedi sessions, hoping one day, she will wake up and walk away from this mess and find her destiny.

Till then Wuff Wuff!

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Anupama Jain

Anupama Jain

Anupama Jain is an accidental late entrant, to the enigmatic world of writing. She is the founding member and Admin of SeniorSchoolMoms (Facebook Group) and an avid blogger ( akkaacerbic.wordpress.com ) ( seniorschoolmomblogs.wordpress.com) She is the contributing author to - Chronicles of Urban Nomads, Crossed & Knotted( India's first Composite Novel, 2016 LIMCA book of Records Holder), When They Spoke, Mock Stalk & Quarrel - all published by Readomania.?She has published multiple stories and Snippets online. She has contributed to parental forums and won many prizes. She was among the top 3, of the Orange Flower Award for Humour, by Women’sWeb in 2016. She was listed as one of the 10 Indian women bloggers, a feminist must follow, by Women’sWeb in July 2017. She is A-Z Blogging Challenge 2016, 2017 survivor. She writes a fortnightly piece at readomania.com - ‘AJ Speaks’ a satirical take on the world around. Her favorite genre is humorous writing. An M.C.A., from Pune University, Anupama stays in Gurgaon with family and currently teaches children. Yes, her epitaph shall read “And She (s)mothered us!!”
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<p>Anupama Jain is an accidental late entrant, to the enigmatic world of writing.<br /> She is the founding member and Admin of SeniorSchoolMoms (Facebook Group) and an avid blogger ( akkaacerbic.wordpress.com ) ( seniorschoolmomblogs.wordpress.com)<br /> She is the contributing author to – Chronicles of Urban Nomads, Crossed & Knotted( India’s first Composite Novel, 2016 LIMCA book of Records Holder), When They Spoke, Mock Stalk & Quarrel – all published by Readomania.?She has published multiple stories and Snippets online. She has contributed to parental forums and won many prizes. She was among the top 3, of the Orange Flower Award for Humour, by Women’sWeb in 2016. She was listed as one of the 10 Indian women bloggers, a feminist must follow, by Women’sWeb in July 2017. She is A-Z Blogging Challenge 2016, 2017 survivor. She writes a fortnightly piece at readomania.com – ‘AJ Speaks’ a satirical take on the world around. Her favorite genre is humorous writing.<br /> An M.C.A., from Pune University, Anupama stays in Gurgaon with family and currently teaches children. Yes, her epitaph shall read “And She (s)mothered us!!”</p>

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