Shweta Praksh Kukreja (Category-Short Story)(So What|Certificate of Excellence)

Shweta Praksh Kukreja (Category-Short Story)(So What|Certificate of Excellence)

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Shweta Praksh Kukreja

Best Mom of the World

Daddy…where are you?.. I’m getting late.” Called Reeni.
“Oh! I’m here my princess….was packing burger for your lunch….come give me the comb.”and Shyam started combing her hair.
“You know….Daddy all my friends are envious of me..I bring the most delicious lunch….always in the best hairstyle…” she chuckled.
“Actually they only have either mom or dad….but you’ve a deadly combo of both…and it’s done…do finish your lunch…have a great day angel.”
It’s been 13 years …when you left me alone with our angel….i was confused whether to shed tears or to celebrate feeling her tiny hands …Thought Shyam looking at Sudha’s picture hanging on the wall.
Shyam….A middle-aged ,tenth failed,….owner of Sudha Saree Center …single parent….trying his best to provide everything required to make Reeni happy and content.
It was 11am when he was about to leave for shop when suddenly..
“What happened beta….why are you back so early…all ok?” confused Shyam enquired Reeni….She ran inside directly to washroom.
“Daddy,call buaji if possible…..Mrs.Tyagi sent me home….some ladies problem she said….I’m scared daddy…don’t know what’s happening…”sobbed Reeni.
But Shyam…understood…he quickly ran to his cupboard…..Took out a packet…wrote something on paper….and threw it in washroom through ventilator…..in nervousness.
Reeni took the packet….it was a sanitary napkin…the one she had seen on TV many times…..Also there was a paper showing pictures how to use it….with shaking hands she opened the packet and adjusted herself…There was a handwritten note too….by daddy
“So what.. I didn’t brought you in this world…..Still you’re a part of me.
So what you’re a girl…..You resemble me more and we share same habits.
So what I’m not a female…I took care of all emotions and changes occuring in you.
So what I’m not much literate…I got educated by the time I spent with you.
So what I’m your dad…since past 13 years I’ve been your mom too.”
Reeni wept holding the paper in her hands….as she came out…she saw her daddy holding a hot water bag….she ran towards him and hugged tightly.
“So what you’re a male…you are the BEST MOM of this world.”

© Shweta Prakash Kukreja

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