24 Nov. 12:30 PM. 'Take care of yourself'

Years later, when you read this, you won't remember what you tell me every time I drop you home, but I will.

"Take care of yourself."

Never "take care", but "take care of yourself."

And I can't begin to tell you how I feel when you say those four words. And more importantly, how that one word at the end of the sentence makes all the difference.

"Take care" is informal, it's meh. It's you-couldn't-give-a-shit.
But "take care of yourself", is meaningful, it's heartfelt, it's so warm and genuine.

And I'm not sure how you picked up on these nuances of language when you're six years old, but I'm so glad you did.

Because the world needs more people like you Mimi. It needs more loving, caring, genuine. The world needs more empathy. It needs more hugs than handshakes. More kisses than curses.

You know I miss you to bits when you're not around. But you saying "take care of yourself" makes me feel you're taking care of me.

When really, it should be the other way around.
Ah well.

I ain't complaining.


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3 Responses to 24 Nov. 12:30 PM. 'Take care of yourself'

  1. I am glad that I remembered the name of your blog. Of course I couldn't get over little Mimi. That Bangalore to Delhi flight journey was one of the best journeys I hv ever had. I just couldn't help but notice and eavesdrop those stupid innocent conversations both of you were having!
    I hv read most of your letters, would continue reading the rest. All of them are so heartwarming. Mira is so lucky to have you as her dad. God bless her.
    Lots of love to mimi ��

  2. Hahaha, you have a good memory! I'm glad you had fun. As you probably saw, she's a riot and a half. Thank you for leaving this comment. I'm glad you liked reading the letters this far. They'll keep coming, just like her wise insights on adult life.

    1. Sure! I shall wait for those letters. Hope to see you guys again sometime



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