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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 4, December 2014

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Shobhana Kumar
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India


Wings

She wants to go to boarding school. "I am old enough," she says. We don't know what to do. Isn't she too young to fly, we think. But then, she must; she will, someday. So why don't we let her go?

How will she celebrate her next birthday without the familiar walls of her home, or the parties with friends? What will we do on her birthday—just talk to her on the telephone? How will we wake every morning and not see her dishevelled appearance and that wide toothed grin as she comes to us for her morning hug? How will we cope, not being able to enter the house, to see her sprawled on the couch, watching her favourite show on TV? Who will we chide to put away things and plan ahead? What about conversations on crushes and friends and the gossip that she faithfully brings home? Who will be there when she cries, lost, wanting directions or just a good sit-down?

"But Ma!" she says, her lawyer-in-the-making voice forcing us to smile. "This will always be home."

blue moon
the voice of a
childhood friend

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