"Got your bag, kanna(term of endearment)?" I asked.
"yes, Yes", she nodded. "story book, crayons, water bottle, snack box, Tigger and..."
"Anu"...called her father, "Its getting late, let's go"
We pile into our black I10. Anu gets into the back seat with her grandmother.
"Amma, Amma, FLOWERS, TREES, DOG, COW" she jumps in glee..At the stage where she is learning to talk, indentifying things is her new favourite hobby. "Amma, amma...red flower, red, red!!, AMMA AMMA, blue sky!!" her voice high and filled with awe. "Very good, very good", I encourage.
Nature is magic, is it not?
The sky, the sea, the hills, the air,
The animals, birds and everything else,
Beauty, beyond compare.
"Anu, sweetheart, you need to sit down. Paati(grandma) can't hold you like I do." I beg. I was not in a position to hold her in the front seat.
"Amma, song?" She chimes, and sits down, much to my relief.
I turn on the music. An array of Disney songs play. The lion king, Toy story, Cinderella, Pocahontas, Frozen and many more. Anu sways to the tune, smiles and claps her hand. "Amma, Amma, Hakuna Matata.."she grins. She loves that song. I smile to myself and can't help thinking "No worries...for the rest of your life" :)..I sigh.
Music is magic, knows no language,
The books and movies we can find,
Art and all such things,
All Creativity of the human mind.
The car seems to get hotter. I turn up the airconditioner. As the new gust of air circulates within the car, Anu exclaims "Amma, AMMA...wind wind!!" and turns her face in that direction, trying to catch it on her face.
I smile to myself and shift uncomfortably. "Are you ok?" Anu's father asks. I just pat his hand in response.
Science and Technology is magic,
Brilliance it does show,
Discoveries and Inventions galore,
What does not man know?
We reach the hospital. We park and get down from the car. A woman is sweeping the leaves scattered all over the parking lot. Her son, a small boy in a pair of well worn shorts is walking behind her crying. Anu stops. "Amma", she says, "baby, crying". She opens her bag and pulls out a chocolate, walks to the boy and gives it to him. She smiles and runs back to us. Her dad picks her up and hugs her. I give her a peck on the cheek.
Kindness is magic,
the good feeling it brings,
So is love, generosity, empathy and such,
They just tug at your heart strings.
We settle down in the room allotted to me. Anu too settles down in the additional bed in the room with her bag and keeps herself busy. The operation date and time was preset. As we waited, Anu fell asleep. She looked peaceful and calm, her hand wrapped tightly around Tigger. She smiled in her sleep.
Dreams are magic,
Visions of the future of ours,
Our wishes they project,
Hope and faith our powers.
I am taken from the room for the procedure. I hug Anu and tell her to be good. That I will be back really soon. She smiles and nods. I tell her father to take care of her and to give her the food I packed. He reassures me, and tells me not to worry.
Relationship is magic,
It wills one to live,
To survive, to push,
To succeed, to give.
An hour later, I am back. Anu and her father sit by me, holding affectionately our newest member of our family. "Amma, Amma", Anu smiles, "baby, brother" she says, carefully touching the baby with one finger. Tears stream down my eyes as hormones take over.
Birth is a miracle,
From just a single cell,
A whole new life,
Its amazing as hell!!
I look at Anu's father. The man who married me. I was divorced. So was he. He had a daughter from his first marriage. I loved both of them to bits.
The power of the human mind is magic,
To withstand betrayal and pain,
The power to forgive and move on,
To start again.
I am brought back to the present as I hear Anu say, "Amma, amma"..."Conshoons"..I look up quizzically and her father clarifies "Congratulations!". She hands me an envelope. I open in to find a hand drawn (scribbled) card and words in her father's handwriting. As I hug her tightly, tears stream down my eyes as I thank god for his blessings.
God is the greatest magician,
His creations are amazing.
Innumerable to mention,
His praises I sing.
Magic is everywhere. Its all around us. Its the way we see things. To me...Magic is life...as seen through the eyes of my little one. Without prejudice, with awe, with enthusiasm, without expectations, with courage, with faith.
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