I reached home on Friday and saw him lying peacefully at the bottom of his jar. He had been with us for almost nine months and, while many would say that he was just a fish, I couldn’t help but cry. I will miss him. He was a good fish, a good friend. I did not want to flush him off but wanted a proper burial for him.
The next morning was spent explaining death to Ri. And when he finally did and realised that Nick will not come back, even if we show him to a doctor like he suggested, he burst into tears saying he loved Nick and he wants him back. I was happy that the kid has his heart in place.
I wrapped Nick in a newspaper and asked SSM to go am bury him. (It is nice of SSM to oblige in spite of not really wanting to) Both Ri and I bid goodbye to him and prayed for him to be happy in fishy heaven. We watched from the veranda as SSM buried him. I shouted out to SSM to put some flowers there. He looked up and did a major eye roll (He was on an eye roll spree that day. I will come to more eye roll bit later) but he is a nice man so he did offer some flowers.
I told Ri that tonight when we all sleep, Nick will become a star and be happy up in the sky. We were fine then.
We decided to spend rest of the day crafting. So I made a kandil (lantern), SSM made a phanush (sky lantern) and Ri helped us with it. He also made a sort of a cardboard man. Cute.
And I did some sewing.
So I made this.
|Tell me it looks lovely.|
SSM: What is it?
Me: It is a book quilt? Isn’t it nice?
SSM: Erm, yes. Nice. But what exactly is it again?
Me: Sigh! Winters are coming, the books feel cold. They need a quilt too.
SSM: *Eye roll* (See, second time in the day) You got to be kidding me, right?
|A warm and happy book|
Me: No, I am serious. See, doesn’t the book look warm and cosy?
SSM: *Deep breath* Will you ever stop being crazy?
Me: What? This is an awesome creation, okay? And beside keeping the book warm, it has many other advantages.
Me: Like when I want to hide from people the book that I am reading.
SSM: Okaaaay. And why would you want to do that?
Me: Because people might want to steal it
SSM: *raised eyebrows* Yes?
Me: Or because I might be reading porn or worse, Durjoy Dutta. I wouldn’t want people to know that, right?
SSM: You know you are never going to use that thing, right?
Me: YOU ARE WRONG. I am going to read every book in that quilt for the rest of my life.
SSM: *Eye roll. Again.*
|Because everyone needs a quilt|
Please someone tell him that EVERYONE needs a quilt!
I miss Nick. :(