You Are My Hero, Papa! Infinite Love.
My Beloved Papa. My Darling.
Today I thought of dedicating my evening in your honour. Wait a second. I have been toying with words since morning to extract my deepest thoughts for you; to actually tell you that how much you mean to me. So read it slowly. Please don’t worry – I will not be bombarding you with legal terminologies here. We’ll leave that part of the share in the office, aha! Just a simple tribute wrapped with a loving admiration.
You know, as I was going through the childhood album today, I was taken back to some of the most treasured memories. I… I was smiling, and at the same time, these delicate emotions were decorating my eyes. But it’s natural, isn’t it? So I picked up my pen and diary, and continued my journey for Truth, Reverence, Unconditional Love, and Love… and Love. Yes, it’s true that when I look into your eyes, I see only Love and care for all of us. I know and understand that it’s a very responsible job being a Father, and yet you carry out your karmas and dharmas (acts and good deeds) with such grace and simplicity that I have no explanation for. You wear the crown of intelligence and dignified elegance in the most exceptional way. I feel very proud of you, not because you are a brilliant Lawyer, but because you are a great human being. Your magnanimous nature… your smile when you come home from the office with your arms wide open for me to embrace… your love towards your elders and the younger ones… everything is beyond my admiration.
Do you remember something? Today Mummy told me that when I was ten months old, and was learning to walk, I fell thirty-eight times. She counted. But you... you never lost your patience and faith in me, and each and every time you came and said, “Come on, my doll! Get up! You can do it!” And when I got up the thirty-ninth time on my own feet, I slowly, very slowly began to walk. And then I looked back at you and smiled. Oh, you jumped with an inexplicable delight and came and hugged me while getting down on your knees. Then you cheerfully, very cheerfully lifted me up with both of your arms and said, “My Surabhi! My Surabhi!” Remember? Of course you do. I fail to recollect my 10-month-old memory, but I can paint this loving encouragement on the canvas of my mind, right now, as I am penning down these unforgettable moments. Look, I am smiling.
Papa, you are the King of my Heart. You are my Hero! Even these three words of ‘I Love you’ cannot compare my staunch Love and Respect for you. The sun rises in the morning for people, but for me… for me, it’s seeing your glowing face while kissing you on the forehead and wishing you a good morning. You know, Papa, I don’t show, but I care a lot about your health these days. Even a little sneeze concerns me. You mean the world to me. I am nothing without you… nothing. Whatever I am today, it’s all because of you and Mummy.
You have brought me to this beautiful world. You have held my hand; my tiny fingers to enable me to walk on my own. You have carried me with your strong arms like a warrior (even though I was so chubby and heavy – he he). You have never brought tears to my eyes. You have always fulfilled my wishes and desires without looking in your wallet. I remember our tough times and good times. You are brilliantly courageous. You always cheer me up when I am feeling blue. You always give me advice for my benefit. You never get tired of my tantrums, do you? You once asked me about the kind of person I’d marry. My answer is that he has to be just like you – exceptionally affectionate and intelligent. You are full of love. You always have time for us despite your busy workload. You always make sure to keep the family above than anything else. How I appreciate your concern toward us, my Darling. Don’t you ever get tired? I know you do, but you don’t express it properly. So I always make sure to keep a jar of coconut oil at home… to give you a nice head massage (just like Mummy gives me when I’m tired). I understand you, my Hero. I completely understand you.
As you know, I am going to start a new journey this September in the post-grad program. I know it would be a new career for me, a new environment, new people, and a new chapter of life. But I want you to know that I will always remember that guidance that you gave to a 10-month-old Surabhi. Always remain with me in tough and happy times. You have no idea how much strength you give me with your remarkable guidance and with your unconditional love.
Papa, I love you very much. I will always keep your head high with pride. Seasons change… promises change… time changes… friends change… colours change... but you never change. You always stay like my Loving-Rambo, okay? Aha! Kisses and Hugs.
I have graced this letter with some pictures of us. Sweet memories. I wanted to give you a surprise, Papa. I hope that you’re probably reading this by now in the office with your “Double-double coffee.” Am I not right? (Smile).
You are my Life, Papa. Love you very, very much.
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