This is it. The last day of the year. What did I write in the book of my life in 2010? Did I get it right? One never knows but the time flew. From the comforts of a known world it’s been a dodgy journey through unfamiliar territory. Joys of daily life that family, friends – new and old — brought, were marked poignantly by the loss of loved ones.
January started with me playing around with my camera trying to teach myself photography. On hindsight, that was a good start for what was to come by towards the end of the year. January also brings fond memories of Nepal.
February brought my sister on a visit from Brisbane and we spent time in Galle and Unawatuna. A photo review won’t be complete without one of the sea!
March brought an unforgettable experience of travelling again on the A9, meeting the IDPs being resettled.
April was Sydney and time to see the star of my life my granddaughter Tara.
August was a time to celebrate my mother’s 88 th Birthday. From a beautiful young wife who came to Hikkaduwa from Panadura, she now is the epitome of a gracious beauty.
August is also a time we remember my father Benny Kirtisinghe. My mother, Manel sang a lilting poem from memory that he had written to her from Hong Kong in the 60’s that told her how much she missed him. For him till he breathed his last she was his Flower of Love. Today, I spoke to her on Skype. She was full of smiles. Her grandson, my brother Prasanna’s son Mathisha has passed his A level exam with 3 A’s.
There were moments, after the tsunami that I wondered if we were going to get this far.. We are a bit like veterans of a famous battle, recalling the bad times and proud we have survived the storms. Will life be free of troubles in 2011? Of course not. So on this last day of the year, I’ll leave you with a mantra I picked up from my constant companion and the modern treasure trove of knowledge—the Internet.
Sit cross-legged on the floor. Close your eyes. Now, repeat the following ancient spiritual phrase: ‘Ai amdi veribest’. That, of course, is the phonetic version. The original Sanskrit is hard to read. Anyway, if you want to know what it means, just say it over and over. It will swiftly reveal its own, very personal message to you.
Best wishes for 2011 and beyond.