Terrified by all types of animals;
Timid I grew during my childhood.
Petrified and Panicked I was when
Parents decided to have a new pet.
That day as I can still recall
Twenty ninth of April, 1996.
Alone I was at my uncle’s place
Amidst my terror and fear.
Candy on my hand to cheer me up
Crying and begging my dad not to leave.
Refusing to step-in to my own home
Remotely I wasn’t ready to see him.
Finally convinced myself
Fearlessly I entered the room.
Minute creature wrapped around the cloth
Mom walked me near him.
Then I saw his face –
Those little fingers and cute lips.
Tiny feet and chubby eyes.
Teary eyes and cheerful smile.
The Fear was gone in a jiff.
That day, I knew for sure
This little thing is my bundle of happiness.
My first childhood pet..
My last ever pet..
My forever love.
My ‘Brother’, my dear Arvind.