If you are one of the souls who think 2012 is moving too fast for your comfort, please join me. The first half of this year was a blur, the second half is going on a breakneck speed. Particularly the last couple of months. I am one of the nut cases who feels happy seeing Monday’s. Aha, 5 days to this week. Come Wednesday, I already get the weekend feeling. I do not know why. Before I begin to crack this mystery, Friday night says hello to me. And the weekend whizzes by. Again full circle – Hello Monday.
September was a very trying month for the family. The start of the month saw one of Zack’s uncle fighting for his life after a massive heart attack. The guys in the family used to make 350km round trips thrice in a week just to provide emotional support, while the ladies used to be huddled up in a corner of the hospital praying to various deities and gods. We eventually lost him after 8 days. Leaves in the office became difficult for us to attend the rituals after the funeral.
What I found difficult to understand, was the lack of planning on the part of the uncle who was admitted. He had not taken a single medical policy, not even a basic LIC. Nothing in the bank to be labelled as savings. All the money he and his wife earned were in the form of assets, either in the form of properties bought or jewellery. Agreed, that the jewellery could be pawned off in dire situations like this, but it makes some sense to have some hard cash in the bank in case of medical situations, when time is short. The jewellery was kept in a bank locker, which was shut for the weekend. Timely help from a financier friend saved the day. There have been endless discussions between the two of us in this regard – me citing this example to stress the importance of savings against a what-I-earn-I-should-invest-it-off-instead-of-letting-the-money-sit-in-the-bank partner 🙄
While September ended on a sad note, October had a big event coming up – a happy one. The naming ceremony of a 8 month old baby. Nothing infuses energy and enthusiasm like a function in the family. The death was not forgotten, instead, how the event would have turned out if that uncle was here was discussed. Equal parts of sadness and joy. Thankfully, as the event dawned, the scale was much, much higher on the latter part. Three weeks flew into the preparations, so much so, that one of us joked if it is a wedding or a naming ceremony.
In the midst of all these, I had some medical issues which had me stressed out like hell. No amount of reading, cooking or watching idiotic TV soaps calmed my frayed nerves. I bugged the BFF till no end, day after day. God bless her to tolerate an eccentric nutcase like me. I heaved a sigh of relief only after seeing the reports post a doctor visit. On medication now, hope every thing gets sorted out.
This weekend we started the Diwali shopping. Whoever said it is easy to shop for guys must have one trip to the apparel store with Zack. He wears only one brand and we have got all the shades and patterns already. After much scrutinization, thankfully we zeroed in on two formal sets and one casual. Festival times brings out the best in shopping areas of the city. But it also adds parking woes, which is on the exponential growth for every festival next in line.
We ended the weekend by spring cleaning the home, almost robbed our wardrobe of clothes. There are too many old clothes which we are never going to wear, so it was decided that the whole bundle will be distributed amongst the maid’s children’s in our locality. This Thursday we are having a holiday in the office.
It’s technically Monday as I publish this. Another week.
Hello Monday 🙂