The word Emergency implies a sudden unforeseen event which demands extraordinary measures to cope with the situation at hand.

Well, that is precisely what happened on April 2. My grandfather, who is 91, fractured his hip bone which had to be operated upon. It follows that I and Abhijeet rushed to hometown as soon as we heard the news.Β He is recovering and well now.

I will be staying back for a week or two.

The moment I heard the news, I was stunned into silence for a few minutes.

Because for the last few days, I used to wake up mid-sleep late in the night. I used to have this nagging urge to write to my grandfather, as he does not hear much due to his age. I wanted to pour all my memories onto paper for him. However, when I told him this after meeting him in the hospital, he smiled and said; a letter without a reply is incomplete – do not write to me dear daughter, as I will not be able to write back by myself. I know how you feel and even I look back on your days as a kid and remember them fondly.

That made me smile.

A smile in such situations is rare, but that is what lessens the burden of worry. Our family has always come together in testing times and borne the vagaries of the old-age journey with ageing grandparents in a positive atmosphere.

As my grandfather says, the show must go on!

Hence, I will be continuing the April A-Z Challenge with a different theme. No theme, so to speak.

I am blogging for the April A-Z Challenge this month.



10 thoughts on “Emergency

  1. He is very strong mentally and physically, Shail Aunty. He is quite better now. In fact, he might start walking this week. Yes, we have a very strong bond. I am very lucky to have him guide me at every step of life.

  2. Ooh, a broken hip. That can’t be fun! I’m glad to hear he may start walking again this week already. πŸ™‚ You keep hangin’ in there with him, okay? And take this opportunity, if you haven’t already, to let him know how important he is to you, and what he really means to you.

    Best of luck with the rest of the A to Z Challenge!

    1. It isn’t fun yeah…but we try to keep the atmosphere light πŸ™‚ He also makes us laugh a lot, saying this happens you gotta laugh and live it through. I am glad I told him about the letter(s). Thank you for the kind words Tammy. Shall keep hangin’ in!

      1. Good! I lost my father almost 2 years ago, while he was a rehab center, recovering from losing his left leg to diabetes. His death was sudden and completely unexpected! I still feel guilty about not dredging up the energy from somewhere to go see him in the hospital more often before he died. The last time he saw me was a good time, but it was nearly a month before he died, and I could have dragged myself out to go see him more, I really could have, but we felt no urgency as he was in no danger. Don’t let that happen to you!

  3. I totally get what you mean Tammy!

    Since the last 3 years I make it a point to visit my grandparents every 2 months. And at this time, I have decided to stay back and visit him as often as possible (he’s in the district hospital, our home is in the town place). Doc’s gonna discharge him on Sunday probably, so I’ll have a full week with him and ensure I visit as often as possible after that. I have been fortunate enough to be with my great grandmother and my maternal grandparents when they passed away, all very peacefully, in their 90s and near 90s.

    My heartfelt condolences are with you. We cannot avoid fate. At least it is a consolation that you had a good time with your father, when you last met him. My father was telling my grandmother that it is times like these when we realise the value of moments spent with family – talking trivia or even just sitting with each other. I shall keep his and your wise words in mind.

Have your say amigos!