The Dream

Cobwebs of adulthood

She could not take it any more. Her patience crumbled. All the piled up frustration, anger, expectation mixed with sadness gave way to the tears she could not control. Clutching her pillow hard, she sobbed. Moonlight streamed through the window, on her tear stricken face. The stillness of the night calmed her and the heavy eyelids drifted to sleep; looking for a dream.

A cuckoo was singing somewhere. The gentle breeze rustled the leaves of a nearby tree. The sky had turned into a bright shade of blue, scattered with white clouds. Lying on her back, a little girl tried to make imaginary figures in the clouds with her fat little elephant dancing, teddy bears, butterfly, mountains, castles. She laughed aloud, happy in her own happiness. Peals of laughter flowed along with the breeze, creating a melody…..

The heavy eyelids opened to the morning sunshine. Birds chirped at a distance. The banyan tree next to her window, swayed to the wind. Perched on the tree, a cuckoo started a high-pitched note.She looked out of her window. The world looked familiar to her dream. Only the fat little girl was not there. The little girl had transformed into a woman who had forgotten the simple joys of life and had got entangled in the cobwebs of adulthood. She smiled at herself. The white clouds invited her to play her childhood game and forget all her worries, to live life for the moment. She traced a cloud with her finger, to find out that fat little girl, to find out herself…