“It is Amma’s bday tomorrow ,I am planning to take an off from work and spend the entire day with her”her son who was in mid forties announced to his wife.
“Rajat ,I was thinking the same …mom might be missing the quality time as we both are working and Ryan also goes to school all 6days a week…but on occasions like this we can make her feel extra special by spending all the quality time with her…she is our mother after all”his wife said lovingly.

Ryan ,who was working on his school project was privy to this conversation…he added his bit..
“Mom dad even I want to skip my school that day and just be with gran’ma so that she shouldn’t feel that we have no time for her”

For once parents didn’t object to his skipping school ,on the contrary they felt proud of their son.

It was time for Amma to return from the temple ,they all waited with a bated breath to give her this news n see her face brighten up with glee …

“Ah so good to see you all together here..chalo accha hai I wanted to talk to you..as you know it’s my bday tomorrow..so here is my plan …we -group of6 friends are headed to Vrindavan around 4:30am ,will be back by 2:30..then we are going to cyber hub for my birthday lunch …while on our way back we will stop at the ashram n I will make some donation …after that I shall come home spend some time with you all ,cut the cake and then ……..”she stopped after that….lowered her eyes…she looked uneasy
Ryan held her tight and kissed her forehead which was a testimony of all the beautiful years she had lived..the wrinkles had scribbled some lovely tales of her life on her forehead…
“Don’t hesitate gran ‘ma tell us”Ryan said affectionately coaxing her to open up…
“Well…Remember you told me that it’s a ladies night at Manhattan tomorrow so I was wondering ….you know ….”

Both – husband and the wife burst out laughing while the 16years old grandson threw a big tantrum -“gran’ma you have no time for us…”
…that was the beginning of yet another adorable argument between the youngest n the oldest of the family…
It’s so wonderful to see that she had no time for them but she had “time” for self despite having only few years to enjoy the gift of life left with her…
It’s very important to give space to everyone around us,allow them to cherish the ME time ..be there when they need you…there can not be a better gift than giving them the gift of “be yourself “

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