When The Need Arises, you must


Mui Wo- is an island in Hong Kong, and we travelled by ferry to this place. I was very happy, and the ride was choppy but exciting. However, I had no clue what was in store for me. I stroll, enjoying nature all around. I love to bask in the sunshine and leisurely stand and stare, where squirrels hide their nuts in the grass. I love nature. Everything around fascinates me. I got distracted by the sea which looked bright blue and sparkled in the sunlight.

Suddenly, I noticed my son hire few bicycles. The last I rode was in 1970. Every day I would ride to school and back, and enjoyed that stretch of road I traversed daily. But that was forty years back. I have not sat on one after my marriage.  I was perplexed, and then I see my son walk towards me with the bike.

“Amma, private vehicles are not allowed on this island,” he says.

“Then how do we go from here?”

“On a bike. That’s why I’m hiring this, Amma. Otherwise, we need to walk, and it’s a very long trail.”

I laughed. I thought my son was teasing me, and before I could hold on to the bicycle, he had disappeared.

I stood rooted to that place for a moment, wondering what to do. Many questions raced through my mind. Will I make a fool of myself? What if I had a fall? I see my children cycling away merrily, not bothering to turn around even once. I couldn’t believe that my children would be so cruel.

‘I have no idea where to go. If I lose track of my children, I will get lost on that island.’ Fear crept into my mind,  and I decided to give it a try as there was no other option. And when I saw them almost out of my reach, I don’t know how, but I got the courage to go astride the cycle and pedal away.

I couldn’t believe I was riding one when I’m fifty, and I had not forgotten how to manoeuvre. At some places the roads were narrow, and it was not easy. When I reach almost near them, my daughter says they were worried, but Pravin had convinced them.”Amma will do it, wait and watch.”

His words gave me the confidence and made me smile. ‘If you think you can do it, then you can.  When the need arises, you must!’

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