Author : Suganya Kannan
“Caitlin! Where are you? Come and pack your luggage!”, (Caitlin’s mom is shouting). It was the first week of drizzling rainy season. The grasses were filled with rain droplets, the rabbits started to build their burrows to dwell and the birds started to move to their nests to protect their chicks. Humming birds began their singing to welcome the rain.With this most admiring nature, mostly no one can be seen in the roadside without an umbrella.
The incident which made the whole family shocked was happened on that day. Caitlin’s family is going to shift from their native village to the city where her dad was transferred. John, a civil engineer, has been working in the PWD department for almost 5 years. His wife Rachel, a professor of English Department in Oxford University. They were blessed with a baby girl named Caitlin ( who was mentioned in the beginning).Caitlin is now 16 years old.
“Momma..am here!” (Caitlin shouts from the garden of their house).
Rachel asked Caitlin to pack all her things within an hour. It became 3.00 p.m. in the evening. But the clouds wouldn’t even want to stop the rain. Hence, the evening looked like a dark night with the chill climate.
“Yup! The tea is ready”, a sound came from the kitchen. It was the voice of Rani, the maid who was working for this family for the past 5 years. Caitlin almost packed all her things except one shelf which was full of old story books and an old musical instrument of her (An instrument which was presented to her by her teacher when Caitlin was 12). She decided to tie all the books in a sack bag to put it in the car boot and took the musical instrument in her hand.
“Ring,ring; Ring,ring”, John took his mobile phone to pick the call. “Sir! I arrived at the front of your house”, said the driver. John asked the family members to took all the luggage and put those in the car boot.
All get into the car. Rachel came last from the house with an umbrella in her hand. The car started and the journey was very pleasant. John seated in the front side of the car next to the driver. Rachel, Caitlin and Rani seated in the backside. Caitlin started to generate music with the instrument she had. A puppy, which was Caitlin’s pet moved from the seat to Caitlin’s lap. Caitlin started pampering her Chotu ( puppy’s name given by Caitlin).
Everything was fine. The incident happened within seconds. Everyone were paused, they don’t even know what to do. You people may think that it was an accident, but exactly not. John felt faint and suddenly his head fell from his seat to the windscreen. The driver stopped the car. The music which was played, stopped at the moment. Chotu run towards John and started barking and it tried to wake him by biting his shirt collar. Rachel was speechless. Rani asked the driver to arrive at the nearby hospital. Caitlin tries to wake his father by pouring some water on his face. But he wouldn’t even open his eyes.
Soon, they arrived the hospital. The staff nurses came and place John upon the stretcher. Doctors took MRI scan and diagnosed that there was a tumour in his brain. They also found that John was in his counting days… May be upto some 2 or 3 months… On hearing this, the whole family broke down. Yes! It was not only the dark day because of the climate… But also a dark day by feelings!
Rachel planned to move to the same house in the village with John and her family. She was totally upset and never want to move from the chair even. Rani tried to console everyone. But no one could come up from that.
Finally, Rani forced Caitlin to play music using the musical instrument. From that day, every morning Caitlin generate music using the instrument in front of her dad. At that time, Chotu used to sit in the lap of John. The days passed like this for upto some 50 days…After that, John and the family filled with sorrow went to the hospital and the doctor now admitted John to the bed and asked Rachel and Caitlin to believe in God.
Rani again insisted Caitlin to play music. But this time, Caitlin sobbed and throwed the instrument. Rani took the instrument and she tried to play the music now. Chotu heard the music and came forward to the room where John was admitted. Chotu settled near John in a very calm manner.
Doctor asked all the family members to wait outside. After an hour, he called other doctors to the room. They found that the MRI scanning machine was repair. So, they asked the nurse to change the machine. But still they didn’t identify what was happened.
Atlast, doctors understood that the tumour was no more in his brain. They were surprised and came forward to John’s family. ” It is a medical miracle! John’s brain tumour was cured”, said the doctors asusual like every doctors do when they couldn’t find the reason.
But we people know the reason behind this miracle, Yup! It was not a medical miracle. It is a miracle done by Chotu and Rani. You may have doubt about how the simple musical instrument and the little puppy can do the thing which was not even done by the experts in the medical field.
Everything is in the game of life… Life is very simple with unconditional love and affection towards the person we care. Chotu regularly sits in the lap of John daily and feels the hearbeat of John. Day by day, Chotu can feel that his master is curing from the disease. So, he used to sit in his lap daily to check his hearbeat. Rani, the maid thought that music can atleast give relief to his mind. So, she asked Caitlin to play the music again and again. They both didn’t even know this simple thing will cure his disease.
The music and the pamperedness of Chotu cured the entire tumour of John. Yes! It is a miracle happened due to the care and persistence nature of Rani and Chotu.
The entire family was happy. They departed from the hospital to the home. On the way, the family remembered the same incident. Yes! They couldn’t forget the dark day forever…
” In everybody’s life, a dark day may arrive one day! But it is in our hands to get back the fresh bright morning. Yes! That is what we call the persistence and Hope! Not every brain tumour may cure, but atleast if we believe in ourself persistently, every problem will find a solution on its own! Atleast we should try….”
Categories: Stories & Poems