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Once a Dad, Always A Dad

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“Ashna! Come here baby. Yes, you can do it!” Sudhir bent down and tried to click as many pictures as possible.  The excitement of watching his year old doll take her first steps was beyond containable. A corner of his heart did a tiny summersault for being on a leave from work today. Being able to capture this milestone in his doll’s life was a cherry on the cake. He was going to hold this memory close to his heart always.

“Ashna! Come here! You can’t be doing this.” Sudhir gave his pre-teen daughter a stern look. A collection of Mills & Boons with beyond reasonable graphic covers in her room, had almost given him a heart attack. He wanted to give her a piece of his mind. But he decided to calm down and COUNSEL his daughter to focus on what was more important in life for her. Namely, studies and focus on a prospective career.

“Ashna! Come here baby. It’s ok.” Sudhir’s heart went out as he pulled her into a hug. It was a silent assurance for his devastated daughter, that no matter how many heart breaks she had, she would always be the sole occupant in his heart. That he would be her willing hero for his entire life. That he loved her like no other man ever would.

“Ashna! Come here. Let me hug you tightly this one time.” Sudhir struggled to hold the snot. He knew his daughter would tease him mercilessly for the rest of days, if it got captured on camera. But it did not change the fact that he felt like his heart was being ripped out of his body. His daughter was going away with the guy who had promised to love her like a queen all his life. He wanted to tell this confident young man, having the galls to place his hand around his princess’s waist in very blunt words that he was always going to watch out for him. He better be a good husband to his girl.

“Ashna! Come here baby. This is the happiest news ever.” The last time Sudhir had felt so happy was when he had held his tiny bundle of joy for the first time. And now she was going to bring another bundle of joy in this world. He feared that his heart would swell so much that he might have to build iron grills in place of his rib cage to contain all the happiness. How could anyone ever describe in words, the joy of becoming a grandfather! He would have another chance at watching a miniature Ashna grow infront of his eyes. How he wished that Ashna’s mother was alive to help their daughter in this significant phase of her life?

“Ashna! Come here. How could God be so cruel on us?” Sudhir felt mad enough to go around in search of this false entity called GOD and strangle him with his bare hands. Obviously, God did not exist. No one in his right senses would take away his young daughter’s happiness in a blink like this. They said they found him seated on the WC when they broke open the door to the bathroom. Heart Attack! How could one die of a heart attack at thirty! The guy up there had definitely made a mistake. Why didn’t he take him away instead? He had lived a near full life. While his daughter had her entire life infront of her! And the baby would never see her father now.

“Ashna! Come here baby. See your little girl’s walking.” He had probably called out to her to bring out the camera at the same time when she was emptying that god-forsaken bottle of sleeping pills down her system. He had known that life wasn’t going to be easy for his daughter as a single mother. But he had not given up hope. He was sure to convince her to go out and find happiness again. He would have made things right. None of it mattered now…

“Dad! Come here. Santa brought us a gift!” An old Sudhir had immense difficulty keeping up with the antics of a six year old. His bones creaked as he bent down with his camera to click the cat nursing a litter in the corner of their porch. He sighed painfully, struggling to maintain an enthused smile when meeting her dilated-with-joy eyes. Every night he wished to sleep and never wake up. But he woke up nevertheless. With a box full of his daughter’s pictures by his bedside as his lifeline, he continued to wake up for this little princess who deserved to be loved every bit like her mother. He woke up to be a Dad all over again.

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Rashi Roy January 5, 2020 at 5:33 pm

How beautifully penned Anupriya. Loved reading it.

Anjali M Naik January 5, 2020 at 10:36 pm

A heartwrenching story sprinkled with a father’s love, grief and concern.Beautiful use of the prompt !!

Arushi Seth January 6, 2020 at 1:03 am

Oh mg god!! So true always a father! The father is the happiest and the proudest person when it comes to his daughter and seeing her go and suffer is the worst thing ever for him. Yet he lived for her!! A heart wrenching story.

Alpana Deo January 6, 2020 at 3:02 am

wow ANupriya. that was lovey, heart-felt. Yes, once a Dad always a Dad. For any Dad, seeing his Granddaughter brings back all the memories of his daughter.

Archana January 6, 2020 at 9:49 am

So heart-touching story Anupriya, brilliantly shown different stage of one’s life from lil daughter to a single mother with all ups and downs, what didn’t change with the time i.e.Dad’s concern and care. Loved it.

Pashmeena Chowdhary January 6, 2020 at 3:00 pm

Awww such a sweet and heartfelt post..Loved it immensely.. It has bitter sweet memories.. The suffering and love of the father was so beautifully expressed…It broke my heart to see him go through the pain of loss..Nice use of the prompt..

Suha Vijay January 6, 2020 at 3:54 pm

So heart touching tale which is sprinkled with all the emotions. You did complete justice to the prompt my dear

Aditi Kapur January 6, 2020 at 7:19 pm

What a heart-felt story and an excellent narrative ❤️ Your words brought tears in my eyes. True, a Dad is always a Dad no matter what the stage of life is.

Shipra Trivedi January 6, 2020 at 7:39 pm

I almost cried while reading. I am so attached with my father that I found him in the post. Lovely read of Today’s evening.

Ujjwal Mishra January 6, 2020 at 7:56 pm

This is just so beautiful, most of the moment of a dad and daughter’s life in highlights

Shivani January 6, 2020 at 8:43 pm

Why do you have to tug my heartstrings and make me cry?
(PS- I loved the post)

Srishti Rajeev Menda January 6, 2020 at 10:03 pm

Excellent post. Lovely writing and lived the paragraphs divided so well. I could feel each moment.

Disha January 7, 2020 at 12:44 am

I loved the post but it left a little piece of me heartbroken. A dad is the daughter’s first hero and the post highlights this bond beautifully.

Tanvi January 7, 2020 at 6:56 am

Really Dads are super heroes for their little girls.. You have very beautifully shown the essence of this relation.. The story is sad but beautiful..

Aakanksha Vohra January 7, 2020 at 6:57 pm

Awww this made me so emotional. My daughter is so attached to her dad and vice versa. So this is their story I believe. I often tell mh husband that the day she will be getting married she will be taking her dad along for her bridal make up because she wont trust anyone else.. very beautiful post I will share this with my husband too.

Jameela January 8, 2020 at 9:12 am

The father’s love for daughter is never ending n limitless. Ur post made me nostalgic abt my dad,loved Ur post. So heart warming.


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