Monday, October 09, 2023

heart-to-heart

It would probably take me many tries to get all the loops and turns of how exactly Cousin P is my cousin. But I just know that she is. Growing up, she was a constant fixture of family get togethers and although she was just two years older, I absolutely idolized her (still do). 

Our straightforward heart connection bypasses the complicated family tree. When we lived in New Jersey, we saw each other every day and I always feel very, very loved by her. When morning sickness laid me low, she hand-fed me. And I don't mean spoon-fed--she scooped up the rice and rasam into little balls and fed me with her fingers like a proper South Indian mama would. 

I'm so glad P came for a visit despite all the stresses of her high-powered job, and illnesses in the family. And of course we plunged into chattering the day away. At my request, RR came by to give her a massage and then At came over to say hello and we all sat down to dinner together, FaceTiming various other cousins. 

There's a family reunion planned... for 2025... I can't wait. 

Pic: Cousin P, Nu, At, and Cousin K2 (on the phone from the U of Maine).

6 comments:

Nicole said...

Oh how wonderful to have such a person in your life! I'm so glad you got to visit.

Gillian said...

Good for you both.

NGS said...

Oh, what a lovely few months you've had in terms of seeing your loved ones. Go you!

maya said...

Nicole, Gillian, and NGS--I felt gratitude all over again when I read your comments. Yes, what a blessing to experience all of this.

StephLove said...

It's always nice to have a visit from a loved one you don't often see.

maya said...

StephLove--So true. Did not expect to feel so much sadness at their departure though...

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