Yesterday, I didn’t go to office – just like that..didn’t feel like going to work. It was a cloudy, rainy day and just wanted to laze around. Most of all, I just felt the urge to be with Pattu.
I saw her walking to school with her raincoat on ( the latest fascination – thatha’s contribution. She wears it even when there’s no rain) and busy chatting with Paati… I looked on from my kitchen window – she looked like a tiny bubbly bundle bouncing all the way to school. Suddenly, I missed holding her little fingers, the animated discussions on the way to school, her little friends, some new discoveries on the way (we discover things like, the cows don’t use potty and that the beak is the bird’s mouth and not its nose)…etc. That must have been the real trigger, though I quote the rains and the clouds.
So, I worked from home and went to pick her up after school – she didn’t expect me, so she was beaming with surprise when she saw me at the gate. Both of us must have looked really silly grinning like that…
So, after some, ‘you came to pick me up today’ ‘you didn’t go to office’ ‘is it a holiday for you’ , we discussed what she did at school, her friends, her teacher, new kids who cried and so on. I was surprised because, she rarely talks about school when I ask her – I got to know much more about school and friends in the 10 mins we spent walking back than the whole term put together. Guess there’s a time and mood for everything. My heart sank when I thought about how much I am missing by not being there with her at the right moment! Ah, the choices we have to make in life!
We passed by the park and Pattu wanted to play. I indulged her, not because I felt guilty, but because we were both so happy. A break in routine is so refreshing – I enjoyed it as a child (I do enjoy it even now). So, some more unexpected fun and we were back home for lunch. How I wish I could do this at least once a week – if only organizations didn’t mind a ‘Work from home Fridays’ policy for women employees!