I’ve always shared a deep bond with my father since my childhood, and my relationship with him grew and took many forms, as a child, he was my protecting friend , as a teenager my confidante , as an adult ,our roles reversed ,I was his coach , his sound counsel and his best friend .
My father had lost his mother very early in life and felt the void can never be replaced , so when I was born ,he found the replacement gift back to him by God and thus considered me as his mother , but would tease me ,that I had a lot to improve in kindness while she was a very kind lady, according to him , I was neither too naïve nor kind as my grandmother or him, to that I would reply, every new version is always an improvement of the former 🙂
The past five years from 2016 to 2022 and the time period of lockdown ,the person I considered my only friend was my father , but when he passed away, it left a deep void in my life , bringing in loneliness along with deep silence ,that was louder than any words.
One lazy summer afternoon, amidst my intense emotional upheaval , fighting back with my mind and heart as I sat down to work, I heard footsteps ,and I saw right outside my room a lil birdie walking in slowly ,alert and quick, in search of something .
She was very tiny, I don’t know what species she belongs to , but her color was a beautiful yellow mixed with brown, she went around searching for food particles and twigs ,as she climbed the stairs up.
I kept staring at her, she could feel my presence and I could of her, but she could barely see me through the net door in between, she left after collecting what was needed.
Next day, the same hour , she was back again, in search of her collection, and I awestruck by her presence and search.
I tried capturing her and this moment several times, but the moment I picked my phone, I guess she sensed it and was away in a blink of a moment .
After several unsuccessful attempts, I dropped the idea of capturing her visit on my camera , some moments are best reserved in our memories.
The visit continued all through the summer , during monsoon she came but not as often.
One fine day , an idea stuck my mind, I brought grains from the kitchen and spread them all over , so that she does not have to work hard in search of her food and stay with me for a little longer, but the next day, I had surprise visitors along with her, the grains brought not one but a fleet of pigeons along with her ,and then a crow cawing with his mates and all together busied in picking grains.
A delightful surprise party where everyone was welcomed, with a twist ,it was birds of all feathers flocking together 🙂Mehnaz Amjad
Today a year later my lil birdie continues to pay her visit , so does her flock of friends , and I continue to enjoy their visit .
I couldn’t thank God enough for filling up my lonely afternoons with such delightful visitors
(c) Mehnaz Amjad 2022
The blog post series on – Little Joys of life ,you will find stories and experiences, bringing to my readers a closer glimpse of my life, with an intent to share the precious code of happiness ,which lies within our own self, and Life. All we need is to find it in “The Little joys of Life”!
About the Author : Mehnaz Amjad , is a Coach, Founder of Guide & Advice which offers Coaching to both individuals and organizations. Online : LinkedIn