August 19- a trip to Kochi and a sister’s birthday

We drove to our apartment in Kochi hoping it wasn’t in a containment zone and we might not be turned back. Good news, everything seemed normal in Kochi, though it is a hotspot for corona as they say here and things are not so good with the corona statistics- 2333 cases diagnosed yesterday.

My sister turned 49 years old yesterday- of course, we couldn’t visit with her as she is in another state and we could only talk to her. Growing up, since she was only 2 years younger than me, I can remember the squabbles we had all the time. If I had one thing, she wanted it and if she had one thing, I wanted it. She was the one who helped my homemaker mom with the household chores ( though with hiccups and grunts of displeasure), while I got out of them with excuses. I feel sorry for all those times I got out of the chores. She is a senior officer of the Indian Administrative Services but seems that she enjoys doing domestic chores in her slow and steady way even now. She is a mother of three children of ages 21 to 15. She is managing her home now from home and with the help of her family. She is always there for any in the family who need help or a shoulder to cry on. She has grown to be a woman of remarkable faith and a staunch believer. We were born into Christian families but our faith has been renewed because of the toils of life. We realise now that our time on earth is so short and it is a time we need to spend on looking out for those who are not so fortunate as us. My sister calls her domestic help each month and pays her her salary- she does not allow her to come home to do the chores now, because of the corona but her salary goes to her nevertheless- one of the many charitable things she does in her own way to make the world better. I remember the times I pulled her hair growing up but my mom, who I met yesterday says that hair is all grey now. My sister is not a woman for makeup or the fancies of life- she is as simple as they make them. Happy Birthday, my dear sibling.

So we spent the day in our apartment at Kochi yesterday. Nursing a migraine, we managed to clean and dust the house and run all the machines to make sure, none had rusted or forgotten to run. Good news- all of them worked well. Then we went to my parents home and visited with them. One of my father’s sisters passed away on August 18th in Mumbai, so that was a sad time for my father. Sometimes death comes as a welcome relief. I would never have believed it but in this case, we are all happy my aunt has gone to her heavenly home to be with our Lord and her beloved husband, who went before – in February. They had a long and happily married life- maybe 60 years of marriage- unto the end they were together. And in death, they were just six months apart. Rest in peace, auntie.

We reached Kottayam, our home for now, by around 8 pm- the cat and our daughter welcomed us back – we had food packed for her, from a wayside restaurant where we ate. One of the few restaurants that allowed us to dine at the tables inside. The cat sulked for a while, while we made our apologies for leaving him for a day alone but all is well now.

23 thoughts on “August 19- a trip to Kochi and a sister’s birthday

  1. It is so good to hear you are doing well Susie. I googled Kochi to see where you actually were. It is so amazing to me that God has seen fit to let me know people from all over this world and most of those through blogging. You are an inspiration to me. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you Faye; Kochi is called the Queen of the Arabian Sea and sometimes the “Venice of the east”.
      Am keeping up with Bible reading and faith building. God has been amazing- have recently come to know of the holy spirit within each person.
      Susie

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  2. Glad you are home and your daughter and cat were there to welcome you. And you had the chance to do so many good things before coming home. I have been with you on your journey for a long time. You were one of the first bloggers I started reading.

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    1. Hi CupCake,
      It has been a long while since I opened the blog up. Life has changed completely for me- for one, I have become grounded instead of floating in the air and I have started looking at prices once again. It is a good lesson in life.
      Hope your husband is doing well and you too.
      Love,
      Susie

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  3. Glad things are not as oppressive now that you are back in your native country though the stats of COVID sure are daunting. Isn’t it interesting how long-married couples often pass away a short time after the other – I’ve seen instances of the same day or next day.

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    1. Hi Linda,
      It has been so long since I opened the blog; life got in the way, I got lazy to open the laptop.
      A lot of things piled up. But it is all good. And the other thing about long married couples is that after a while they start looking like each other meaning their facial expressions and so on- have you ever noticed that ?
      Susie

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      1. Hi Susie – I didn’t forget to send you posts, but I knew you finally wrote a post when the computer was set up, your life got a little more normal after the travel, quarantine, and Sunshine’s arrival and attack of you – I knew if you were not writing in your blog, you likely did not have time to read my posts and I understand that. Yes, I have seen stories and pictures about spouses resembling one another after a long marriage … a testament to their love for one another … they almost become as one. Take care of yourself Susie – I hope your hand is doing better.

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  4. Timelesslady says:

    Hi Susie, I looked up Kottayam and found it very pretty. So many beautiful waterways and plants. I’m glad you were able to visit with family, and that your cat is getting over his long estrangement from you. Kathy

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  5. Hello dear Susie. It’s been a long time since I was able to get back to blogging land and see everyone again. Life (and some health issues) got in the way and some things had to be put on one side until I was able to get back to them, and now is the time for me to pick up and seek out my blogging friends again.

    I see an awful lot has changed for you since I was last here, and I am glad to read that you are able to connect with some of your family again, despite the coronavirus time we are living in right now. I am so saddened to hear of the loss of family members. The Lord calls us home when it is our time to leave this earth. But we will see them again when The Lord calls us.

    I’m relieved knowing that you are happy and that the cat has forgiven you for leaving him for a day! Bless his heart.

    Sending you much love and hugs. ~ Cobs. xxx

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    1. Dear Cobs,
      I am so glad and relieved to see your message, it has been over a year, I am so grateful – I can’t tell you how relieved I am- I sent you a few messages.
      I am glad you are ok.
      Lots have changed, I got the long coveted degree and moved home.
      It has been a great adventurous journey.
      God keep you safe in his arms always- I have been praying for you,
      Susie

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      1. Many, many congratulations on your Degree, Susie! Much deserved, for I know how you longed for this to happen.
        House moving is such a stressful thing, so I hope that you are settled and very happy in your new home. Life indeed has been an adventurous journey for you, I can see. But then… life in general is an adventure everyday – we just have to be the adventurer we are meant to be, and enjoy the journey.

        Thank you for your prayers, Susie. They are very much welcome, and obviously have had an effect because I’m here, safe and sound and still the same ol’ Cobs as always.

        I’m sending much love to you, and wishing you a blessed day, my blogging friend. ~ Cobs. xxx

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  6. Hi BC,
    First Cobs is back- am so relieved to read her message.
    We have not been flooded over yet- floods are regular and routine for us- we manage.
    I am so grateful to see your message and glad we have Cobs active again.Hurrah!!
    Susie

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