Friday, July 22, 2005
SCENT OF AN ENVELOPE
Ma came home this evening with an envelope in her hand. The moment I saw the words "BY AIR MAIL - PAR AVION", I was tremendously excited! Who could it be??
I ripped the cover open, and it was from my best friend Vipin! He is a marine engineer who is on his first assignment with UNIVAN. We've known each other from school, and the passing years have only made our relationship stronger. In between, there have been times when we simply had no time to keep in touch. Yet whenever we met, even if it was after several months, it never felt as if we'd been apart.
When he moved to a different city to study marine engineering, we used to write to each other once in two days. Snailmail!! I have so been corrupted by e-mail that I can't even imagine how I wrote letters those days! Some of the letters I wrote back then, were over ten pages long!
Vipin's ship is now in West China. Life as a junior marine engineer is very tough, he writes, and the only things keeping him afloat are his memories of home and me! I'm reading the letter @ two words per minute. I don't want it to end!
I have other people now, who are very close to me; some even closer than Vipin. But no one else can become my best friend. For the others only know me for what I am today.
Vipin knows why I am, what I am today.