The Lockdown Tale
Rain and Veranda
She loved the setup she had created in her veranda. She loved wood so she constructed everything of wood there. She loved swing, so she made sure it was there. Of course she was a plant lover and she chose her favourites all in order according to their color or the way they would match a good pattern when she sits there.
She would mostly sit there to introspect or to think about things important and if neither, then to read her book. During the rains, she would simply sit there without doing anything just to observe rain, the sky, the clouds, the trees, and the streets.
Rainy season was her most favorite, but only when she was at home and had nothing more than just sitting by her swing and enjoying the rain. Otherwise travelling in rain for her wasn't something that was easy, mainly because she used to travel by local trains and other public transportation which usually don't work on time and properly during rains. By the time she would be home, she would be all tired and drenched in rain. Coming at home she would always say, "I hate rains when I am out, I so hate them". Which everyone would generally ignore and laugh because if she is at home when it rains, she would behave like a small kid who got toys or chocolate. She would jump in joy and her face would be filled with the widest and graceful smile, leaving anything that she would be doing she would rush out to sit at her favorite spot and just be there as if she is meditating for a long time.
She would get lost in the scenic beauty of the weather and atmosphere that she used to feel connected with everything she saw and experienced. She would click a thousand pictures and post only one and still click more. She always said that it's her happiness that she clicks those photos.
The present time is not summer. She has her routine and a busy one that she doesn't have time to spend in veranda. And admist her racing against time and working more hard, came the announcement of lockdown.
She had to work more now but she had to stay at home. She was happy that she would be able to sit in the veranda at least for sometime reading her book and just being by herself. But every time she thought that it's veranda time, she used to have some or the other reason to not do it. She was then so annoyed that she stopped making plans to sit with herself in veranda.
Then one day, the temperature fell, the sun hid behind dark clouds and wind started dancing while the thunder gave the beat along with lightning. She heard the sound and felt the fall of temperature. Her face changed in seconds and there was a glow in her eyes and wide smile on her face, she hadn't been like this since work from home because of lockdown.
She just put everything aside and ignoring everything she went to her veranda. She felt as if she is visiting it for the first time she touched each plant, the leaves, petals and absorbed it's texture; smelled each plant and it was as if she got a new life. And it started raining, her happiness knew no bound. Forgetting everything, she was calm, happy viewing and visiting, rain and veranda.