Story- Diary of a Housewife’s dream

Age-7 years, year 1971

I always wanted to visit Mussoorie a hill station in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. When I was 7, my uncle who has visited there used to tell me stories about the beauty of that place and I always get awestruck by listening about its magnificent beauty.

The picturesque lush green mountains, which are covered with fluffy white snow during winters, roads are like that as if a snake is crawling and lurking for its path to paradise or like a queen’s long and black tresses moving here and there carelessly, the crystal clear waterfall depicting her royal and white clothes and picturesque view of the mountain ranges of the Himalayas is her jewel-studded crown and she is caring and protecting all the ‘flora’ and ”fauna’ of the place like a true queen. Maybe that’s why the place is known as – “Mussoorie-The Queen of the Hills”

Whenever I picture this place I used to picture this Queen and my urge to visit there increase by several folds, I want to go there and want to feel the presence of this Queen in all of the beautiful scenery there.

Age-20, year 1984

Papa said we can’t afford the trip due to the money constraints, my mother said ‘my would-be husband‘ will take me to my dream place.

Marriage day, age-21, year 1985

I got married today, as this is an arranged marriage I don’t know much about my husband but he vowed in front of holy fire to keep me happy and fulfill all my desires. So, I will ask him to take me to my dreamland.

I couldn’t go on a honeymoon as my mother-in-law didn’t want us to go, she thinks this will spoil me and I should focus on household work instead of roaming here and there. My husband though loves me and has assured me that we will go to Mussoorie after some time. Well, I have waited this long, a little more to go.

Aarav’s birthday, age-27, year 1991

This is my son’s fifth birthday today, I don’t know how time flies??, the past 6 years were so hectic that I have almost forgotten about my desire to visit my favorite destination but I have decided I will ask my husband for a short family trip.

Mumbai trip, age-35, year 1999

My son is a teenager now and you all know how demanding teenagers are??? He wants to go on a trip for his summer holidays as all his friends are going somewhere, something clicked me, Mussoorie, we can go there, last time we couldn’t go there as our son got sick, so we had to cancel our plan but I guess this is the time , the Queen is calling me.

Aarav didn’t want to go to the mountains, he wants to go to the beaches, I tried to convince him but he is stubborn just like his father, so we have decided that beach it is. After all his happiness matters to me, the most in this world.

Aarav got married, age-48, year 2012

My son got married today, he got his life partner while mine is with God in heaven, I miss him so much.

“But mom this is our honeymoon, how can you accompany us???” My son exclaimed

“I know son!!! I understand!!! I don’t what I was thinking?? Oldage you know, Don’t you worry, you two go and enjoy the trip”. I replied while thinking how can I even think about it but when I listened they are going to Mussoorie, I just lost all my senses, I guess, I can hear the Queen’s voice calling me, in my head.

A Housewife’s biggest decision, age-57, year 2021

I have taken the biggest decision of my life, I will shift to Mussoorie forever, I have talked to an “old age care home” there and enrolled myself and from now I will live there , in the queen’s lap.

My son is very angry, he is not talking to me, I know he is very sad but he has chosen not to show his real emotion and hide behind the quilt of anger, just like his father.

He tried to convince me hard, told me he will take leave from his work and will take me to visit there but this time I was the one who became stubborn, just like his father. He finally has to give in.

At the Airport-

My heart was pounding very hard, my hands were sweaty, I was feeling anxious as for a housewife like me who hasn’t visited a nearby town without my son or husband, going all alone to a distanced city was a very hard decision but I closed my eyes, I pictured the Queen which I was picturing since childhood and took the leap of faith.

In the Queen’s lap-

It’s been a month while living here, like a child gets excited after getting a favorite toy, I can feel the same amount of happiness. It feels like I got a rebirth. I have visited every nooks and corner of Mussoorie but still didn’t get bored of admiring its beauty. Every afternoon after having lunch I start my journey, visiting the same place the hundredth time and searching the Queen in every place. Till now I couldn’t find her but I know one day I will.

I was sitting by a lake, watching my reflection in cool and clear water for a moment or two I closed my eyes and pictured the Queen again and when I opened my eyes “I saw her”, ” yes!!! I saw her in the reflection of water”, “I saw her in my reflection”. ” I finally found the queen within me”

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Hey guys, so this is my entry for creativity wins 1 (she allowed me to write a story instead of a poem). Sorry, Anushka for posting this late. I was not sure about how this story will be received by you all!!!! This story has many different layers and messages and it’s up to the reader how they are gonna perceive it.

The only thing I want to say is, go and ask your mom if there is anything which she wanted to do but keep ignoring her desires to complete yours. Go and ask her and if you are capable enough try to fulfill it and if not remember it, whenever you became competent, fulfill her wishes…….πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

Thank you

139 thoughts on “Story- Diary of a Housewife’s dream”

  1. Very beautiful Shivani!! I loved it a lot πŸ˜πŸ’• You know how hard it is to fulfil ur dreams. I kinda found it a true story but then I realized that you are 20 years old only! Very beautiful 🀩 I can’t stop saying how beautiful this is!

      1. Haha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ same!!!
        Baaki thodha kuch apne mann ka kr lo to “abhi itni badi bhi nhi hui ho” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
        My reaction- Are kehna kya chahte ho!!!!

  2. I loved how you wandered through the ages here Vani with your beautiful photography and dreams. The end was so touching mirroring the Queen that we all are if we look at our reflection. You have a lot of Brains.. tell your mother I think so.. and your numbers are increasingπŸ’–πŸ€—πŸŒ·

    1. You got the essence πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–
      Thanks for the appreciation Cindy πŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’–
      Haha πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I will try to tell her πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Ummmm but they stopped again 😢😢😢

      1. Oh Yay!!!!!
        Glad I got it and you’re always welcome!
        Oh good, lmk what she says.. 🀣🀣🀣🀣
        They’ll be back!!!

    1. HahaπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚, that’s great
      But there are very slim chances that you will get an answer in the first go, as they rarely think about themselves, but keep asking, make different attempts, one day you will get the answer.

      1. You guessed right, at first she told me that you’re going to school so take care of your safetyπŸ˜… then she finally told me that she wants to go on a family trip with us❀

  3. I love the challenge you leave us with: we would all do well to ask how we can repay our parents (if possible). I owe so much of my life to my father (who is now in heaven) and mother, who poured into me so I could learn and grow. It is beautiful to be able to give back to my mom as an adult.

  4. Wonderful girl… Loved it entirely…its so true, some woman get busy in family life, caring nd loving her family members so much so that they forget living their life as per their happiness!! Sacrifice, compromise, adjust become main point in their life…its so sad !!!

  5. This is so beautiful✨πŸ₯°

    I love the message behind it. You should make a small collection of your beautiful stories β€”you are a great, great storyteller. x

  6. Wow very beautifully penned. Mother is the one who gives up her dream for her family’s happiness. But, this has to change somewhere and that’s what your story tells. Thanks for sharing! πŸ’•πŸ’•

    1. I guess every mother in this world have sacrificed their dreams to fulfill ours , so yeah observed them only !!
      You will lokesh, your mother will be so proud of you ❀❀❀

    1. Thank you so much sir ❀❀❀
      Is it ??. I was 8 years old when I visited their on a family trip !!, It was very surreal experience

    1. And this is reality of many women out there, no one care enough for their wishes😐😐😐😐
      Thank you so much for reading ❀❀❀

  7. This was so heart-touching <3
    How a woman can sacrifice all her in order to make US happy & what we end up doing? Making her sad, weak or end all her dreams?
    I'm very close to my mother & this is surely not our story but still it touches my heart knowing the fact that there're many other QUEENS waiting to fulfill their dreams that no one ever asked to them.
    While I was reading it. I thought that you FELT while writing it & so does other readers who are reading or gonna read this beautiful story in future.

    Lots of love Shivani <3

    1. This comment is all I want to express through this story,
      Not let a women kill her dream because she is married or a mother, she is a human first ❀❀❀
      Your mother is very lucky to have a daughter like you and vice-versa ❀❀πŸ₯°πŸ₯°
      Thank you so much for reading ❀❀

  8. Wow, such a wonderful tribute to a beautiful place named Mussoorie–the hills seem to be magical. Is it close to the Himalaya mountain range? Such beautiful soulful hills. Wish I can be there. LOL.

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