‘Aahhh!!..dad..dad!!!… aaahh’ Ann cried in pain. John was in the living room. He threw the newspaper and rushed inside.
‘Yes dear. Are you ok?’
‘No dad! I can’t take it anymore. It’s time dad. It’s time!..aaaahhh!!!’
‘Ok darling. Come lets go. Put your hand around my shoulder my dear. Careful.’
Old John signalled his driver. Soon they reached the hospital. Ann was rushed into the labour room and John was left waiting outside.
He sat down on the bench and the memories of good old days flashed in front of his eyes. He remembered Susanna. Thirty years ago, he had brought her to this same hospital.
‘John.. I love you’ teary eyed Susanna had told him right before being taken into the labour room. ‘This little life within me is the biggest gift you’ve given me. Thanks John!’
John had speechlessly stood there looking at her. Less did he know that it was his last conversation with his love, his life, his wife!
When they had first known about Susanna’s pregnancy, their happiness had known no boundaries. They had spent hours on thinking and deciding names for their child. He named the little angel as Ann as per his late wife’s wish.
John was Ann’s mom and dad. John left no stone unturned when it came to his daughter. Ann grew up to be a beautiful young girl. One summer she met Mathew in the church and they almost immediately became friends.
One fine day, Mathew proposed to her.
‘Ann.. I’m in love with you and want to be by your side for life. I want you to be my wife.’
Ann was silent.
‘Ann.. Please don’t be silent. I need to know what you feel for me’
Ann didn’t respond.
Mathew panicked. Did he spoil the relation he had with her? Did he tell her his love too early? Should he have waited?
‘Ann..!! Your silence is killing me!’
‘Ann…!!!!’ Mathew called out holding her hand.
‘What??’ Ann asked looking into his eyes.
‘Will you marry me?’
‘Yes’ she smiled.
Mathew felt like the world’s most luckiest man. John was extremely happy to learn that his princess had found her prince charming. They soon got married. Life was simply beautiful. John was happy to see his daughter living the life of her dreams. Everything was perfect until that fateful day.
It was their wedding anniversary and Ann wanted to surprise Mathew with the news of her pregnancy. She knew he would be ecstatic.
Mathew hurriedly went to the local bouquet shop to buy his love the loveliest bunch of red roses. Less did he know that it would turn out to be his funeral bouquet. He met with an accident and died on the spot. Both father and daughter struggled through the tragedy that life threw on them and strived hard in-spite of the pain.
Today John’s princess was in pain again, only this time, the pain was physical. He closed his eyes and prayed to the good lord.
When John opened his eyes, he saw the nurse heading out.
‘It’s a boy’ she said with a smile. He rushed inside.
‘Aww.. My baby prince charming’ John touched the little one’s cheek. He looked at Ann.
‘How are you my child?’
‘I’m good dad. Never felt better!’ said a smiling Ann.
Ann toiled and struggled and did her very best to give her boy the best in life. She faced all the hardships with a smile for her son. Her little boy grew up to be her pillar of strength. He excelled in everything he took up and even took care of his mom. He was a loving son and a beautiful human being. Years later, he found his lady love and got married. Even though Ann’s little prince charming found his pretty princess, Ann remained their queen. He and his wife loved her unconditionally. Ann loved them dearly too!
Every time she saw her son, she remembered only the joy, happiness and love between them. She felt proud of her boy. The feeling that certain precious moments in life, leave us with, is simply inexplicable. Such moments simply take away all the pain no matter emotional or physical. These moments make one realise that the pain was never a pain!
Everybody wants happiness, nobody wants pain. But you can’t have a rainbow without a little rain!
Thank you for reading!