A New World
It seemed eons ago, what happened just 5 minutes back. He could still hear her words spoken that day in the distant past, echo through his mind, like an endless hymn. It was really happening. He wasn't sure if he was ready for this. For months he had been preparing himself for it. So engrossed was he in the preparations that he had forgotten to react to the actual event that would unfold. And now he stood at the edge of the world, afraid, hesitant, and unsure. He couldn't see what lay beyond. He had only heard tales of it from friends & family. Was he ready enough to embark on this dangerous journey? He didn't know yet.
Mechanically he put his right hand before him & pushed open the door. He walked in a daze, his eyes focused only on her radiant face. And then in her soothing voice she asked –“Do you want to..?” He nodded.
As the baby’s tiny hand closed on his thumb, he realized, this wasn't just the edge of the world, it was the beginning of a new one.