Life Is Blessing - a Short Story
Let all the burden off your shoulders. Relax your nerves, don't try'n overload yourself and others around you. Life is an experience of large span, get ready to topple over and over. Never underestimate your human power to change the world. Smile at each fall, get ready again to turn the luck around. Catch the balloons of love, hold them very strong. You are a conqueror if you know to love and being loved.
That's what this story is all about. Explore this wonderful universe. Run after the butterflies, dive in a deep ocean or hike on high mountains. Learn to love this life. Thank your God for all you have as Rumi did. He knew, he is losing it out with each breath. Sand was slipping out of his palm every second. But he was busy in or kept himself occupied to enumerate all the gifts he had.
This piece is also a response to Eric’s Sunday Sermon on ‘life is so tough’. You'd find this handy Eric to perceive the charm of life.
Life Is Blessing - a Short Story
“Are you feeling better my friend?” the sound reiterated in Rumi’s ears.
Rumi flickered his eyelids, a smile filled his lips. Still alive. Can’t believe this. My darling death has spared me again. He felt so much pain in an instant, like needles were piercing in each stem of his body. He couldn’t move much but he was a blithesome guy. Never complained in his whole life. Wouldn’t do now either on his final bed.
‘I have got another day to joy Rumi,’ he thought. ”How lucky I am. God is so kind to me. I am the happiest person on earth today. Have got another chance of life.”
There was a knock on the door. Doctor came in following a nurse. Rumi opened his eyes with full force to look at his visitors. His health wasn’t in much luck. Doctor was checking on his heart beat and oxygen level on machine. He guided the nurse to take special care of his blood pressure which was dropped to 80 now. Not a quite good sign. Could be very dangerous if fell more.
“Can you hear me Mr Rumi? My name is Aneil Malhotra. I am one of the specialist neurologist surgeons. You are lucky to get me on board. Normally, I am out of country mostly but I am working in St. Georges Hospital these days. I would be looking after you from now on. Your blood pressure is giving us so much pain Mr Rumi, I am afraid. We are trying our best to sort it out. But this is expected at the last stage of cancer. We can’t do much to get it back to normal. Pray to God. We can make your last days easier but we can’t increase them, my friend. You are really doing marvellous. We Didn’t expect you to live this longer. This is a miracle in history of cancer patients. You are exceptional, I would say. I have first case of your, for the very first time. It is very rare, may be one in thousands. I won’t take your much time now. I wanted to ask for permission to take some of your pictures. We would use them as a case study which can help many brain cancer patients to survive longer.”
“Yes, why not.” Rumi cleared his throat.
"We would be taking some more blood tests to check sugar level in your blood. We'll have to put you on ventilator from now on to improve quality of oxygen to your lungs, Mr Rumi. In case, your oxygen drops more, it's gonna be very critical condition. Please don't give me any heart attack by falling more." Dr. Aneil smiled.
"Can I ask for a favor please?"
"Of course, anything. Oh! I forgot to ask. You have some family, you want to be with you here?"
"I don't have any. My mother lives with her another husband. My father is with his new wife. I have no siblings. But that could be more pain if I had any. I am good to be alone Doctor. And I am still breathing, isn't it a blessing."
"Yes, you are right. Breathing is such a gift, you stop; you die. I was in another ward yesterday. There were all coma patients. Many didn't open their eyes for decades. You are still blessed to be in senses. You are talking. You are watching. Isn't it amazing."
"Yes, there are many I can add on Dr. Aneil."
"I was asking to go out in Hospital's garden if possible? Wanna touch the flowers, smell them. I want to make my connection stronger with nature before I pass out."
"Well, that's not possible as your blood pressure is already on edge Rumi. But later on, may be, if it gets a peak. We'd check in an hour again. Fingers crossed for your trip. I'd ask the nurse to bring a chair, so you can keep the ventilator with you. Then you can get a chance to sit in the garden. But not more than 15 mint."
"That would be great. Much obliged Doctor."
Rumi's eyes sparkled with some bright light. He loved beauty of nature since he was child. There was a tire swing hanged by a maple tree in his Grandma's house. He used to love swinging on it all day long. That was the only thing, he loved the most at her house. He used to stay there for many days, and each day was fun, full of swings and chocolate ice cream before food. Nothing matched that fun.
Rumi was smiling with all those childhood memories in his mind. All seemed like it was happening now. Grandma was such a great lady, he loved her so much. Everything was so special about her. Though he had to watch that TV with her, was the only boring thing at grandma's. Other than that all was so wonderful. Especially, getting wet in the rain was his favorite one.
Mom was strict when Rumi was a kid, but still he loved her so much. He remembered the pain when mom got divorced. He was seven then. She was so alone and sad. Many days, she spent not getting out. Rumi always tried to make her happy and wiped her tears.
"Life is blessing mom, don't waste it crying," he would laugh.
"You are the best thing ever happened to me Rumi, I love you so much my baby."
Rumi opened his eyes and all memories vanished away. But he was happy as his mom was happy today. She got settled again. Rumi didn't want her to know about his disease, he stopped his doctor to ring her. She won't get over this grief, and he couldn't watch her crying. He was blessed to have a great mom, he thought.
"Can I come in to check your blood pressure sir?" Nurse entered his room.
"I can go out finally," he screamed with joy.
"I haven't said that yet," she looked straight in his eyes.
'But I heard it," he giggled.
She checked his blood pressure which increased to 100 now. She couldn't believe it.
"What did you do in half an hour Rumi?" She checked his pulse on right arm.
"Nothing special, just had some good dreams. And look, Grandma saved me again. So can I go in the garden now?"
"Yes! You can. But only 15 minutes. Remember. Let me arrange a chair for you. I'll go with you to take care."
Take up your courage and be strong!
Rumi's dream was coming true as nurse was pushing him close to the nature. It took almost 10 minutes to get their. Rumi felt a strange scent in the garden as he entered in. He felt same smell of his Grandma's lawn where he used to swing whole day. He touched the petals of flowers with his hands, smelled the scent. He thanked God for all this beauty around him.
Soon, it started raining. He looked up in the sky and observed white clouds forming in the lap of bright blue sky.
"How charming is this," he cried with so much love around him.
He felt the rain drops coming on his face from the sky. Nothing was more precious than this feeling of getting soaked with God's tears, he imagined.
"Time to go Rumi, I cannot get you wet here. Your immune system isn't working well."
Rumi smiled at her, looked up in the sky, then touched those flowers for the last time and closed his eyes. His pulse dropped instantly, he had a strong cardiac arrest. Blood pressure went to 40 which means no more.
"Life is Beautiful," he murmured.
Life is amazing!
Life is a great gift of God. Keep smiling. What do you think?
© 2019 Nikki Khan