Growing Old With Someone You Love Dearly

On 18 June 2021, while walking through a local park in West Delhi, I came across a middle-aged couple sitting together on a bench (see the photo above). With their footwear off, they were deeply engrossed in each other’s company. A few pigeons sat near them, busy feeding on the grains that someone had strewn for them.

There was greenery all around, and it was calm and peaceful. They made such a lovely picture! It was more like a painting. I was in a tearing hurry, but I just couldn’t help stopping by for a while to admire this poetic scene.

They reminded me of Rabindranath Tagore’s poem, “In the dusky path of a dream.” Here is that poem.

I thought and thought;

Our names would not come to my mind.

Tears shone in her eyes.

She held up her right hand to me.

I took it and stood silent.

Our lamp had flickered in the evening breeze and died…

The picture of that couple got stuck somehow in my mind and continued to haunt me long after I reached home. Where did they come from? Did they have any children? What was their family life like? What were they talking about? Did the Covid crisis affect them badly? Did they lose any loved one to Covid? These questions kept going through my mind. I can only hope and pray that all remains well with them and they stay together till their last breath…                  Rabindranath Tagore

Yes, being together till the last breath is a big blessing for a couple that has weathered so many storms hand in hand. Aging is a natural process that brings on daunting challenges, such as loss of memory, serious health issues, financial difficulties, property disputes, insufficient care, insensitive children. No one seems to have any time for an aging person who now has all the time in the world to brood. It helps when the person has a spouse who cares and listens. The person feels loved and the journey through life becomes easier and less traumatic…

So, enjoy, dear friend, being together with your loved one who has been with you through thick and thin for so long… You may not find another like that ever again…

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