My First Love
I clearly remember the day when Mr. and Mrs. Desai shifted in a flat that was next to us. It was quite sunny that day and shifting was making this couple very tired. I was sitting on the staircase watching my parents and other neighbours help them out. Just when I was about to get up and go I saw someone in their car. He peeped out slightly and went back. It got me really curious because all this while Mr. and Mrs. Desai never mentioned of a third member in their family. I waited to take another glimpse but didn’t see anyone. So I went ahead to catch up my favourite cartoon show. The next day mom wanted to send some breakfast for our new neighbours. She requested so i didn’t deny. I knocked their door and entered to see him hiding behind Mr. Desai. So now I got to see the third member at least.
He was cute and fair looking but seemed to be very shy. I was a shy kid myself so I didnt go near him. Mrs. Desai introduced me to him. But he was too shy to even shake hands. She said he is new here so he won’t be so friendly. But once he gets used to me being around he will play with me. I was completely mezmerized by the way he looked.
Mom continued sending food over to the neighbours and usually I used to be the delivery girl. For a week he didn’t come near me. I guess I was too excited to have him around but then he wasn’t so excited. One Saturday afternoon, Mom had to visit the doctor. So she left me at Desai’s. Bored as I was tried to get his attention so that he plays with me. I tried thrice talking to him. Trying was in vain. Then I passed a ball to him. To my surprise he pushed it back. I looked at him and his expressions showed that he had accepted me as a friend. Not much but we did play for sometime and I managed to get him used to my presence. By that time mom was already back and I had to go 😦
That night I couldn’t help but think of him all the time and I was already eager to meet him again. For a shy kid like me, I found my perfect match! As the days passed we became closer friends. And after few months we became inseparable. Even though he was shy he had immense energy in him as I did. I remember the day when Mr. Desai got him a new bed. He pulled me over to show me his new bed and we played around it whole day because he was so excited to have it. We grew close, so much so that we didn’t eat food without each other.
But then every good thing comes to an end. My parents decided to shift to a new place. The very thought traumatized me. I cried for days and was at his place all the time after school and before school. I used to go to sleep, talking to him at Desai’s place. Then that fateful day came when we had to pack our luggage and leave. Just when I stepped out of the house, he was standing right there waiting for me. I ran to him, hugged him tight and kissed him on his face all over. My heart still beats faster when I remember that day.
Now it was a new place for me and I felt the way he might have felt when he was new to that place. Till date I say to myself at times “What a sweet puppy it was!” My first love, first attachment, first incidence of immense care. I will never forget you 🙂