The Caretaker

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I feel naked without kohl rimming my eyes. Amma’s dementia is getting worse; I’ve forgotten myself.

The vegetable vendor asks, “You okay, didi? Were you crying?”

I smile. No one asks how I am nowadays.

I don’t stop to buy a kohl pencil on my way back.

5 thoughts on “The Caretaker

  1. Laissez Faire

    I like how the khol pencil was so important to the narrator to find a bit of the carefreeness she’d lost. I presume the vendor just asking that simple question was the boost she needed to see that she was still seen.

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  2. SueW

    I understand this one and I smiled when I read the line ‘I have forgotten myself.’
    Hope all is well with you. Birthday time for your little one around now I think. Enjoy 🙂

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    1. mixedbag Post author

      Sue! Thank you so much. I’m amazed you remembered my son’s birthday! He turned one on 5th November:)

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