Thursday, November 4, 2021

Diwali 2021

I wasn’t going to post anything today, but I had to share something incredibly special that happened this morning. πŸ˜‡πŸ’•

Our family isn’t observing Diwali this year.

We’re not sad. There’s just an absence of festivity. No dozens of diyas, my mum’s delicious mithai. It’s different.

However, I wanted fresh flowers for this auspicious day. 🌸

Early this morning, walking in the rain to the supermarket, I thought of my Dad. By that time - 08:00 - we would have already called to wish each other Shubh Diwali. 

As I entered the store, my heart literally skipped a beat. 

I don’t usually pay attention to the music playing over the sound system. But today blew my mind! 

Stevie Wonder. 


It was my favourite song as a little girl. My dad had the LP of this and it’s also on the VHS of my second birthday party.

I caught the song at this very point:

“But what it is, is something true

Made up of these three words that I must say to you

I just called to say I love you

I just called to say how much I care

I just called to say I love you

And I mean it from the bottom of my heart”

For a few seconds, I stood in front of the flowers - frozen. And then, with teary eyes, I reached for my phone to capture the moment and share it with my Mum.

To others, I probably seemed lost or confused. But the truth is that I was receiving a very clear message from my Dad. 

Our favourite song from 37 years ago played as I walked in while thinking of our Dad on Diwali morning. You can’t beat that!

Shubh Diwali, love & warm wishes to all who are celebrating today. πŸͺ”πŸ™πŸΌπŸ€—❤️

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