“I became my grandma’s rebound companion, right after grandpa’s death. He passed away two weeks before I was born and grandma, therefore, strongly felt my birth was a blessing in disguise. But once I grew a little, I recall her suddenly stating that she has little time left, now that she’s in her seventies. I couldn’t grasp the intensity of her statement immediately then. Nevertheless, every time she fell sick after that, it got me scared, and I’d make sure to take extra care of her.
What was further intriguing was witnessing her becoming more a kid with each passing day. Sometimes she’d ask me to get her chocolates and I used to sneak them from the refrigerator for her, despite fully knowing they weren’t good for her health. All I wanted was her to be happy, no matter what. The same rule applied even after I joined work. Every evening, she’d welcome me back with a broad grin, all excited and would ask me to spend a little while with her. And though I’d be exhausted, I couldn’t bear to see the frown on her face and would immediately sit with her.
But then, 2020 was different. My worst fears come true when grandma got tested positive for COVID at ninety-four. Our family wasn’t let in to see her at the hospital and all we heard was that she doesn’t eat anything. With that update getting us extremely worried, we somewhere realised her survival chances were slim. While she was getting treated in the hospital for two weeks, our days outside too, were equally rough if not more with a plethora of emotions going through our heads. A week later, however, the hospital called us to inform us that she has recovered.
And words truly can’t ever, explain the relief we felt then! All that stress, anxiety and even the hefty hospital bills didn’t matter at all, for we got our fighter back. Now, after what seemed like an eternity I finally went in flashing a smile, for some quality time, yet again with my iron lady!”
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