“Do you think dad’s lonely? It has been a long time since mum passed away” Candice said
The 3 daughters were seated at the roundtable, discussing their most prized possession – their dad. The three daughters loved their dad a lot and would do anything to see him happy.
Patrick (or Uncle Patu-as the friendly neighbours called him) was a cheerful man and not many things bothered him (tho’ at times it was evident that he missed Rita [his wife] a lot especially when he went for various functions around the village) but with every passing day, it was a delight to see how well, almost single-handedly brought up his three daughters, after his wife passed away to cancer 3 years after their third daughter, Blossom was born. Rita was only 39 then.
He had rightly named his humble abode “the 3 flowers“ each flower represented by 1 daughter, Candice (the eldest), Cheryl and the youngest Blossom. Candy, Cherry & Blossy (lovingly referred by the villagers) were seen together accompanying their dad for his evening strolls around the village. On other days just the two of them, while Candice would be busy in the kitchen baking or cooking up some mouth-watering dishes for the family – Jaggery pancakes and rum cakes – being her 2 specialties. While Cherry gorged upon her sister’s rum cake, Blossy was content on nibbling on the lone pancake. Candice would cut a thin slice of cake along with 3 pancakes for her dad. Though it wasn’t as tasty as the ones her mom used to make, her dad ate them with the same relish.
“I’ve seen it in his eyes too… whenever we talk about mum. It’s all because of Blossy..she keeps asking all these questions” Cheryl replied
“I don’t mean to hurt daddy but I never got to spend enough time with mom, like you and Candy did …and there is so much I want to know about mom”
“I didn’t mean to blame you blossy” giving her little sister a tight hug
“It’s okay sissie” she smiled
Come what may, whatever the situation, the 3 daughters would always stand by each other and for the one thing that joined them together, they had made up their mind that it was now up to them to bring back the smile on their dad’s face.
“But how?” asked Blossy very innocently. After a lot of thinking, she said;
“I can give my teddy to daddy, my teddy always keeps me happy, it will keep daddy happy too” she beamed at her idea considering that she always slept with her teddy at night and now to part with it – but for daddy, she was willing to do it.
There is a limited no of ideas that a 9-year-old can come up with. Candy & Cherry had to come up with a better idea.. they knew Blossy’s teddy bear idea, though very cute, wouldn’t work.
“The Photo albums” shouted Cherry
…to be continued