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Sunday, 8 November 2009





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Party frocks

Galina, holding Melina’s hand watched the colourful night, sitting on the garden bench of their uncle’s perfectly maintained garden. Galina was wearing a party frock which her father had bought her when he was alive.

According to her mother the frock was in good condition though it was a little old fashioned. However Melina was not that easily convinced. Melina demanded a dazzling new frock, but Galina’s ten year old tiny brain understood their mom did her best.

The garden was lighted by several spot lights and multicoloured lights.

Though it was their one year old cousin’s birthday party, the majority who enjoyed were their uncle’s alcoholic business friends of whom the croaky laughs beat the hip hop music released from the player.

Galina watched her aunt come out rushing, in a flashy frock carrying her one year old precious daughter. Unlike Galina and Melina their cousin was wearing a beautiful and expensive fairy-like frock. Melina noticed the fluffy flower that decorated her hair and decided it was prettier than her own hair band. Aunt bustled over the little girl’s frock and lighted the colourful candle on the colourful butterfly birthday cake. Then she urged the little girl who didn’t know head or tail of what is happening around her, to blow the candles. The little boys and girls who were dressed in equally glitzy outfits attempted to obtain a better look cropping around the cake while their mothers struggled to pull them back.

The girl cut the cake horrified by the commotion the father’s drunken friends made. After the cake was cut, their aunt pranced haughtily among the guests serving the birthday cake.

Suddenly four eyes of two people met. The child and the adult. The adult tried to belong in the glory and glitter while the child tried to figure out what to be done.

Galina smiled happily to see her aunt had recognized her and waited hopefully for her to welcome them warmly.


Aunt glanced at their old party frocks and looked away angrily.

In a while their mother’s brother walked towards them, smiling.

“Uncle!” cried Melina and Galina happily.

Twenty five years later Doctor Galina drove her car towards the same perfectly maintained garden on a bright sunny day and honked in front of the gate.

Twenty five years later, her aunt ran hastily towards the gate smiling broadly to open her gate for Doctor Galina.

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