I will remember this London vacation for the time I spent with Abhishek.On work days now, I hardly get to see him since he tends to sleep by 8 pm. In London, it was just him and me for the most part during the day. We would walk together for long stretches, travel on trains and buses, or just sit together eating some food in Starbucks. He was full of questions, and I did my best to patiently answer each of them. He was also a little worried at times that we hadn’t left anything behind in the taxi, bus or train – ever since I lost a bag in a Singapore taxi during our vacation a year ago.
The last day that we spent with my school friend and his family (wife and 11-year-old daughter, Nisha) was also an especially memorable one. When we temporarily parted mid-day (they had a booking to go see London Dungeon), I noticed a tinge of sadness in Abhishek’s eyes – he had gotten so friendly with Nisha. That evening, we sat in their hotel room and watched as Nisha taught Abhishek a few card games – and Abhishek actually learnt to follow the instructions given!
I don’t know what Abhishek will remember of this vacation, but for me, there are many moments which will stay on for a long time.
For much of my life, Vacations were something that I never really bothered about. Now, I am already looking forward to the next one – so I get to spend more time with Abhishek!