Posted July 21, 2008on:
Aaryaa was known in her family for being chirpy and was fondly known as “smiley flower” by one and all. But lately she seemed very distant and lost. Sudha was getting worried about her. Aaryaa had just turned 15 last month. Usually Aaryaa chatted away to glory with her friends and hanged out with them often. Lately, Sudha didn’t see her doing that either. Sudha was sincerely worried.
Sudha thought initially that its just a phase. But When Aarya rejected a chocolate truffle cake for desert, Sudha had to talk to her.
“What’s the matter, sweetie?” asked Sudha when she went to Aaryaa’s room to say good night and saw her starring out of the window in oblivion.
“What? Nothing mom.”
“Is something bothering you? You know, we are friends and you can tell me anything that you want, isn’t it!”
“So what is it?”
Aaryaa looked in her mother’s eyes and wondered whether to tell her or not. She was her best friend but she was her mom too. Will she understand her?
She thought for a while and decided to tell her mother, she didn’t have to lose anything anyways!
“I don’t know how to say this…! Aaryaa’s eyes started brimming with tears.
Sudha was getting increasingly agitated, thinking the worse! But she knew she had to control her emotions.
“Its okay, sweetie, take your time. Will you prefer to talk some other time?”
“NO!” Aaryaa now wanted to tell to her mother everything that she was experiencing lately. She was too confused and all her friends were even more stupid than her!
“Mom, you know Ishmeet, hai na!”
Of course she knew Ishmeet. He was Aaryaa’s friend since they were in first grade.
“So, what about him? Has he done something to Aaryaa? Has he misbehaved? If he has, then I swear, I am going to make him suffer for the rest of his life!“ thought Sudha vehemently. But she just sat there patiently waiting for Aarya to go on, never once showing her impatience.
“Mom, hun…. he…. hun…. I mean, I ….” Aaryaa was finding it difficult and Sudha was getting increasingly impatient, thinking the worse.
“Mom, I think I love Ishmeet!” Aarya ultimately blurted out.
Sudha didn’t know what to do. She wanted to laugh aloud with relief. She was relieved that everything was fine.
But she didn’t allow the grin to spread over her face. She solemnly looked at Aarya as if it was the most important topic in the world and asked,
“Okay, but why are you so sad these days? And what does Ishmeet has to say about this?”
“Well he doesn’t know it yet! Oh mom, guys are so dumb!” Aaryaa smiled a little. Sudha felt warm to the core looking at her daughter smile after almost a fortnight.
“Yeah I know what you mean. But sweetie, let this be our little secret for a while. You study hard and let him also do the same. You two are such good friends and keep it this way till you are mature enough to discuss it out. Since you don’t know how he feels, why jeopardize the friendship?”
Aaryaa thought for a while.
“But mom, I feel horrible. I don’t want to feel this way for him or anybody. I want to study hard, play tennis and dance. The usual things I do. But these days I don’t feel like doing them at all. All that I like doing is, think about Ishmeet!”
Sudha slid a bit towards her teenage daughter and gave a warm hug.
“It’s okay, sweetie pie, to have these feelings. Everybody have them. Some accept it, some don’t. Some can acknowledge it, some can’t. But, baby, this is a growing up process and we all pass through it. It’s okay. Cherish it.
And as I said earlier, this is our little secret… We won’t tell this to anybody.” Sudha winked at her daughter and they both giggled like old friends and had their chocolate truffle.
Sudha knew the matter didn’t end here and some serious thoughts also had to be planted in Aaryaa’s mind so that she doesn’t take her advice too lightly. But she knew she has done a good job today not reprimanding or preaching Aaryaa. She won her daughter’s confidence which was more important at the moment.
She didn’t want to push Aaryaa away from her by giving her the lecture on morality.
The way her mother had done!