17 Dec The Joy Of Homecoming For Christmas
We all agree to this that December seems to be the best month of the year as the joy of Christmas and New year brings delightful happiness to every home around the world. The wait for getting long vacations, homecoming, and meeting with our family, and friends feel blissful and amazing. This has been more than a decade since I left home for a career opportunity in the States. Though I had managed to visit my parent almost every year for Christmas, in recent times, couldn’t make it. I remember it was sometime in August when my wife was sharing her school-day Christmas stories with me. Those days, those times, with our dear ones were really beautiful. Listening to her stories, I suddenly realized how badly I miss those childhood days of mine even today.
People generally have a perception that the opportunity to live in the US is the best thing one could have but I can tell how lonely sometimes life can be! Being far away from home, in a different land with different people was enriching yet isolating. You know, when you are Indian to your core, nostalgia is bound to be there.
So inspired by those childhood memories, I called Ma the next morning and told her that we are coming home for Christmas. She was surprised and immediately called my father to inform him about my plans. I could sense their happiness and moist faces. Suddenly, I realized, sometimes, taking small decisions can bring so much joy into our parents’ lives.
The next day we booked our tickets and started shopping and buying gifts for Ma-Baba and relatives with excitement.
The flight from the US to Kolkata is not an easy one. My mind flew back to my childhood days when celebrating Christmas with Ma-Baba at Park Street was a ritual. And that was followed until I left home a decade ago. I shared most of the stories with my wife and she listened to them with excitement and laughter. Sometimes words are not enough when you have so much to say.
A wave of nostalgia swept over me as the plane landed at Netaji Subhas International Airport. It had been years since I’d been home on Christmas. Although Christmas in Kolkata is never as big as is in the US but you know the feeling of homecoming, right? This time I know I am going to cherish my Christmas with Ma-Baba, delightfully. Coming home for the Christmas holiday is perhaps one of the best decisions I took. – Gautam Bhattacharya.
Togetherness is the most effective remedy for old age. Your parents must have toiled hard and sacrificed their happiness to make you what you are. They wait with hope to be with you if not daily then at least on occasions like Christmas and New Year. Your arrival brings an amazing sense of fulfillment to their life and your departure creates a torturous vacuum. A few hours with them could help them have meaningful moments so that they could fight isolation with colorful memories, with the hope that you will come again and bring joy.
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