When I was young, very young
If wanted to tell my mum
that I loved her very much
my limited vocabulary (of bengali)
would make it come out as
“Ma, I love you full to the brim”.
With passing years, and slight improvement in
my stock of words and syntax,
it became a proper “I love you”.
I was speaking to her on the phone one evening
as we were finishing off,
I remembered what I used to say as a child,
I said again “Ma I love you full to the brim”
She laughed and said “I love you to the brim too.”
Those were our last words to each other,
next morning she was rushed to the hospital
in the evening she was gone.
I do not know what brought those words back to me,
but I am so glad that they did,
in the end I had returned back to her
as the tiny child
that she always remembered me as, in her mind.
She was my best-est friend.
Its coming up to two years my friend has gone away.