You were my friend, you were my hero. With you around, I needed No one. I was there with you in each one of your childish accomplishments. We spent a good deal of time together. Sometimes I recall many of the episodes and just laugh alone.
I still remember that banging of our cycle in a roadside ditch. How we immediately got up just to assure that nobody noticed us. How could I forget the time when I dared to skip the school just because you were not feeling like going? Do you remember how we kept watching the school prayer from distance? Once it was over, we headed to a no-men’s land (Oh we were so foolishly brave!); it was a…long day. I used to shield all your monkey business and above that escort you, always. I shared this really strong bond with you.
Children are known to imitate elders so how someone expected us to be different, especially you. Do you remember that incident when we hid under the table so that no one sees you mimic smoking? Only to be caught in-a-while. This one time, to save me how you replaced the ‘Ghee’ in a can with ‘water’ because I got slipped and entire thing got washed away. The list goes on…. You were such a pain in the ass of every one, still I loved you. You stood for me, I stood for you through every thick and thin.
But what has happened now? We think we are the same but, alas! No. Oh! Why did we grow up to be so mature? Childhood was great fun. All that innocence has vanished somewhere! Time has devoured that gallant friendship of ours. We still have much love for each other but it’s different! I can’t help but yearn to live those childish moments again.
I miss you buddy and I just hate it but I think it’s time to say farewell.
“Farewell early days; adieu innocent friendship”- As you are not able to keep pace with modern fast moving life, go hide behind those hard covers of photo albums, only to raise your heads once-in-a-while to bring our childhood back; our smiles back….