After the hustle bustle of mornings and catching up with work in the afternoons, evenings are designated “Me time”. My husband is busy in meetings till 10 pm. Our son is out to play and daughter is catching up with her friends online. I usually walk, check on the garden and catch up with my Mom, over a call, at this time. Like any other evening, expecting my husband to be busy, I took out my walking shoes, switched on my bluetooth headphones and stepped out for my walk with my face covered under a mask. I had also heard that shops in Pune were now open till 7Pm so I planned to take a longer route to check out this information and run some errands, if possible.
15 minutes into my walk, I got a call from Hubby Dear. “Where are you?”, he asked with a little urgency in his voice. “I stepped out for a walk. Kya hua?”, I asked, suspecting he needed something from me. I could sense a slight rejection in his voice as he said, “Nothing! I just came for a coffee and was looking for you!” He then jokingly added, “How much will you walk? The roads in Pune will wear off by your walking!”. With that, he smiled and hung up the phone. I smiled or more exactly my heart smiled, expanding from one corner of my chest to the other. I realized, he hadn’t called because he needed anything from me. He was just looking forward to sipping his evening coffee in my company. Simply speaking, he had wanted to spend time with me. If I was within turning distance of the house, I would have instantly turned around and joined him in his little free time, but I wasn’t. I was on the long route checking out the market situation.
This has become an everyday affair. Even though, my husband and I go out for morning walk together and have breakfast together, we keep looking out to spend a little more, extra, bonus time together throughout the day. If this isn’t love, I don’t know what is. We have discovered this love thanks to Covid. In the pre Covid era, we were busy, stressed and barely talking to each other for days. He was travelling for days, if not weeks and months at a time. Spending quality time together meant stepping out for shopping, movies, restaurants, the works. If we hadn’t done something that could be counted on the list, it used to mean that we hadn’t taken out enough time for each other.
I know, we are not the only lucky ones stuck up in our houses with no one else but our own family. And when I see both of us discovering love again, in this simple, yet special way, I feel joy to think that perhaps so many other families are rediscovering their lost love. To me, this is the flip side of Covid. We all have been impacted negatively by Covid in one way or the other, but honestly, Covid has also helped turn the world around in a few positive ways. While we are working towards helping those who have been most impacted by this crisis, let us also thank God for all that we have received in this time. Let us remember that there is always a Flip side to even the darkest aspects of our lives. Let us remember that we have a choice in what we choose to learn from this time. Lastly, let us remember that we have a choice in what we choose to remember of this time. Through this blog, I choose to remember this second innings of love. May this live on forever.