When I was five years old , my teacher asked the class to write a letter to a close relative.
All the students wrote a letter in their notebooks and submitted the books to the teacher,
then I thought of writing a 'real' letter to someone in my family. Till then I hadn't written
to anyone as my parents corresponded and kept in touch with our kith and kin. That
evening I expressed a desire to write a letter , to my father. My father was thrilled
and insisted that I start immediately. My joy knew no bounds. I started writing my
first letter to my paternal grandpa staying at Bijapur with my father's assistance.
Every day , we sat religiously for quarter of an hour to finish my dream project.
I completed writing on A4 size paper and after completion my father folded the papers
and put it in the envelope and sealed it . He kept it on the table to post it the next day.
That night I was not able to sleep due to my excitement. I got out of my bed , went to the
table , touched the crisp envelope and said a silent good-bye to it. The next day , I shyly
told my teacher about the letter. My teacher patted my back. My joy knew no bounds.
I forgot about the letter and after a week , I got a letter addressed to me. This was the
first time that I received a letter addressed to me. I opened the letter. It was written by
my grandfather who was overjoyed to receive it from his first grandchild and he thanked
me for remembering him. He had written in the letter that he displayed my hand-written
letter to his neighbours, friends and our relatives. How happy I was.
Time flew by but I treasured my grandpa's letter.
After a decade he expired. After the final rites , the elder's in our family opened grandpa's
old iron trunk. It was functional and ornamental. Among the other things , I found my
first hand written letter. It was a discovery of a treasure and an emotional bond was
immediately established with my departed ancestor who felt it so precious to preserve
an old letter. It is his legacy , the art and interest of reading and writing that he
passed on to me . I will always cherish the letter, a treasure.
FOR : THEME THURSDAY JULY 11, 2013