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Everything She Ever Wanted: A Short Story

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Everything She Ever Wanted: A Short Story | Baby & Beyond

Megha typed furiously as yet another deadline crept upon her. It was 3pm. Her report was due at 4pm and she had barely taken a break all day.

These days, her life always felt like a frantic rush. Rushing to get her daughter ready for school in the morning, packing lunch for her husband and herself, the long commute to work and back at rush hour and then slogging all day at her desk. And even though she sat at her desk, her mind was in a hundred different places at once. The EMI for their home was due, they needed to replace the bulb in the bathroom, they were running out of groceries, she needed to apply for leave for her daughter’s playschool annual day, for which she also needed to hand-make a lion costume, and she still had to buy a gift for her daughter’s friend’s birthday that weekend…the list did not seem to end. Amidst all this, she was really nervous about the big presentation she had to give to the client the following day.

Megha felt overwhelmed and helpless. At times like these, she always liked to take a break and sip some hot chai. As she waited in the office cafeteria for her tea, her phone beeped. A Facebook notification reminding her of memories on this day from years ago. She tapped on the notification and was taken to a picture of her younger self with her husband on a trip to Goa 4 years ago. Instantly she was taken back to that moment…sun, sand, sea, sangrias. Just the 2 of them and no worries about EMIs, school fees, vaccinations, toddler tantrums. She longed for such a carefree existence once again.

But in that moment, was she really content?

She remembered as they lay down there on the beach, across from them them they spotted a family of four playing around. The two children were running around, having the time of their life and the parents seemed so happy. Megha remembered how longingly both she and her husband had watched that scene. They were keen to start a family of their own and Megha couldn’t wait to be the mother in that scene in front of her eyes.

Megha smiled and scrolled further to a picture from 2 years ago. Another holiday, but this time they were a family of three. She remembered that day vividly because it was the first time they had taken their daughter swimming. A Piscean, their daughter turned out to be a complete water baby and couldn’t get enough of the pool. It was a fun vacation and Megha looked back fondly on those memories.

But in that moment, was she really content?

She finally had the family that she had been longing for. She had quit her job when she was pregnant because she wanted to spend all her time with her baby. She didn’t want to miss a single moment of her baby’s formative years. But somewhere she felt a void. She missed the corporate life, the rush of achieving targets or nailing a client presentation. She could see her peers racing past her up the corporate ladder and she felt left behind. She loved being a mom but now she missed her pre-mom life. And even though her husband never once mentioned it, she knew he felt the financial strain on her husband, being the sole earning member of the family. Megha remembered how she used to long to go back to work and realize her professional aspirations. She would look at her friends who seemed to easily manage both family and work life and would feel pangs of jealousy and insufficiency.

Megha drained the last sip of her tea and as she walked back to her desk, she thought back over the last couple of months. She had finally taken a huge step and returned to work after a gap of 3 years. It had not been easy for her or her daughter, but her husband had supported her and they had all settled into their new routine. Life wasn’t easy for sure, but it was good. Megha realized that she was actually proud of herself for making it all work out. It suddenly dawned on her that at every stage of her life, she had never really been content, always longing for something else. But now she had exactly what she had always longed for…a beautiful family, a successful career and a husband who supported her in both aspects of life unconditionally. So why was she sitting around feeling helpless and sorry for herself?!

Megha quickly wrapped up her report, hit send just as the clock struck 4pm and decided to call it a day. She decided to surprise her daughter by picking her up from daycare a whole 3 hours earlier than usual. The little girl’s face lit up as she ran into her mother’s arms. Megha planned to make the most the day by taking her daughter to the club for a swim. As they splashed around in the water, one look at the glee on her little girl’s face was all it took for Megha to realize that she had everything she needed in life.

That night, after cooking dinner, getting her daughter changed and putting her to sleep, Megha herself crashed into bed. She was exhausted, but in that moment, she felt really content!

This post is a part of Momology blog train. The 5 pictures you see in this post were the photo prompts for the challenge. We were to write a post around any one of them, but I decided to do something different and weave a story incorporating all 5 of them. This story also shows portays of my real life hopes and challenges as a working mom. It is close to my heart and I hope you enjoy it 🙂

The Momology blog train is hosted by Thoughts by Geethica, SlimexpectationsMummasaurus and Truly Yours Roma sponsored by FirstCry Intellikit, Instacuppa, Diet Funda, Hugs n tugs, Tina Basu, Unorthodoxpeeps, Lotus Herbals baby and Shumee toys.

I would like to Roopali for introducing me in the Momology Blog Train. You can read her post here. I would like to introduce Noor whose post you can read here.

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  1. Roopali said on March 11, 2019 2:37 pm:

    You have weaved all the pictures into a beautiful story mahak. I enjoyed reading the story of a mommy and her day to day challenges.

  2. MeenalSonal said on March 11, 2019 4:47 pm:

    Your story of contentment is spilled perfectly with all the prompts.


  3. Noor Anand Chawla said on March 11, 2019 9:17 pm:

    That’s a lovely post! Well-written, heartwarming and so creative 🙂

  4. fauji moms said on April 10, 2019 3:29 pm:

    Absolutely loved it. I pictured u with a boy 🙂 a good lesson for all of us. We should be grateful that we have things to keep us busy. All these things we worked and prayed for. It’s a great reminder to be thankful.

    1. Baby & Beyond said on April 10, 2019 4:28 pm:

      I know… But the photo prompt had a girl so I had to change the gender. 😂 Other than that it’s part fiction part real life. Thank you for reading!