A story dedicated to my family where the number of mentally abnormal children is increasing due to the trend of Cousin marriages. Story is inspired by my cousin, a girl who is 20 year’s old physically but her mind is like a small child’s mind. Scenes pictured here are fictional but the facts discussed are real.
“Colors – red, green and blue mixing with each other. Green color is at the top of red now. Red is busy mixing with blue”
“How can you guarantee that in future your daughter’s children would be normal when her own sister is abnormal?”
Silence – followed by tears.
“Sorry we can’t allow the relationship of my son with your daughter. He will find someone else”
“Colors – Red is at the top now. It has dissolved blue and green in it”
Sound of a slap followed by mournful cries.
“Colors transformed to black . Painful black”
“She slapped me yesterday, My own sister. I won’t talk to her now. She thinks I can’t feel the pain but it hurts. She is not good and oh the cat finally ate the mouse” She thought to herself and giggled.
Her sister who was siting right beside her, eyes on TV and mind strolling somewhere else glanced at her, giggling. She felt a volcano of love bursting in her heart and a sense of regret mixed with embarrassment seized her.
“What was I thinking while slapping her yesterday? She is innocent, that’s not her fault that no one wants to Marry me” She dragged herself closer to her and kissed her on the cheek softly.
“I am sorry my love. You can’t speak but I know you are angry at me” She hugged her and burst into tears.
“I love my sister, she is so sweet. She loves me so much” She thought to herself while enjoying the cartoons again.
“A heavy burden on my heart don’t let me sleep at nights”
“What burden Mom?”
“You know sweetheart your sister is a special child. Our society don’t accept her as a normal child. People think she is crazy and she should be in a mental hospital. How can I send my innocent girl to a mental hospital?”
Each tear falling from her Mother’s eyes was dropping in her own heart – her eyes flooded with tears.
“Some things can’t be forgotten and this very thought keep spooking me all the time that What will happen to my daughter when me and your dad will be no more in this world”
“Please don’t Mom. Please stop” She begged her and the room reverberated with the sound of their sobs.
“Colors – butterflies – stars – lights – children, beautiful children – I want to play”
With this thought she ran towards small children playing in the kids area in a fast food restaurant while her Mom was buying Ice cream for her.
She looked around, her daughter was standing beside some children who were gathered in a corner with expressions of fear and anger on their faces.
She ran towards her. A woman said “I don’t mean to offend you but please make sure she stays home. Our children just got scared”
She grabbed her hand and took her to the car without saying anything, eyes directed downward with embarrassment.
Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes
And she’s gone
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Music was blending with her sobs.
She put her head on her Mother’s shoulder and spoke in a soft voice, “Ma ! Sor-r-ry”
Many beautiful special children in colorful dresses were standing on the stage in a circle. She was there too laughing, sitting inside the circle wearing a fancy fish dress. A wheel chair was lying at one corner of the stage with a small cute girl sitting in it.
Hall was filled with people. Parents of special children occupied the front rows.
The girl in the wheel chair spoke:
“We are like a fish in the tank. The sun heats the glass to boiling, setting us on fire. The moon freezes it to ice, trapping us in unbearable cold. Tapping vibrates the glass, tearing at our ears and flesh. It is agonizing and exhilarating and enthralling. Don’t be like the sun and the Moon people. Be like the glass that protects us and like the water that keeps us alive…….We feel joy and pain equally like you feel. Your words and actions hurt us people. Treat us with care. We need your love”
And the hall echoed with the sound of applause. People stood on their chairs, tears shining in their eyes.
“I wish my daughter gets a chance to live a normal life like everyone else here” She thought to herself while wiping her tears.
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