A dark cloud is hovering over the older members of my family in the form of illness, accident and surgery. I am trying to hold an umbrella of sunshine over them. Hospital visits and day long care of my old parents-in-law are depleting my energy. To put back brightness on my umbrella I visited with my husband the Vishnu temple on Thiruneer malai. After darshan I made a few sketches of the doorway, mandapam and the steps that lead to the temple on the hillock.
I worked from home today to give company to my father-in-law . My mother-in-law is in the hospital. She has fractured her hips after a fall. She will have to undergo a surgery.
I sat in full view of my terrace and worked. It was a wet day, unusual in Chennai in the month of July. On such days butterflies and dragonflies do not visit my garden. I was in the company of a few pigeons that landed not so gracefully on my earthen tiled terrace and walked inquisitively peeping between pots of plants.
On Sundays I shift my work place to the dining table, I draw energy and inspiration from the hum of activity around me. The family remains in bed late into morning, but I have a satellite of people busy around me: the cook in the kitchen supplying mugs of masala chai, housemaid dusting and cleaning and the gardener out there in my patch of sunshine. Soaked in this noise and smell of home and garden I spend a lazy Sunday morning at my laptop checking mails, reading blogs, writing. I read the newspaper, books, have some more tea …
My husband’s mother has suffered a Stroke and is hospitalised. I have been spending considerable time in the hospital with her. I read, made a couple of sketches and eavesdropped on a family that gossiped. A lone crow visited at the window.
My mother-in-law is getting better but is in discomfort because her limbs feel weak.
She slipped into a nap despite the discomfort