You Should Take Care DG


You Should Take Care DG

07/02/2012

It is midnight just back from skating on the river. It was a long and sultry Sunday staying indoors until late was the best bet. Tried watching a trite bollywood formula (Mausam 2011) but it was testing DG’s patience. So she took a small break to infuse some energy to bring the movie to an end. It is an irony no matter what hour she plans to step out some dear friend will ping her. Seeing DG all ready to shoot out her friend asked where she was headed to at 11pm. She is off to river to skate, pop came advice how she should be taking care of herself and not do anything to get hurt. It is skating dude not suicide mission. This comes from a person who has never worn wheels and cares for DG a lot. She first wore wheels when she was nine but had to give up once she came to university as there was no rink and on the road it was all kind of wrong attention from both men and women. Then fateful marriage happened and she had to give up a lot of stuff coz’ that now God forsaken ex was taking care of her least she gets hurt in living a life. Last year she restarted and wants to get on the derby team (getting back on the floor is a hilarious tale, another time).

Earlier during the day DG almost passed out due to heat and stink of sweat in a desi gathering but she managed in few minutes the person who helped her regain composure were all advices how she should be taking care of herself by eating XX and doing YY and not exist (it literally meant just be a vegetable). The fact is DG was prepared for any such emergency as she carries her water bag, protein satchel and fruit but things do happen it is part of life.

She later called her parents to exchange weekend greetings before signing off she asked her mom if she had anything to say to her. Her mom was perplexed and asked what? DG said if her mom wanted to give her any parental advice on how she should be taking care of herself, how she should be eating or wearing weather appropriate clothing etc. like other parents do.  After all she is DG’s mom prompt came the answer, “You left home at nineteen and started traveling with team at eleven, if I still have to tell you how to take care of yourself then I have failed to do my job as a parent.” Ha, there goes DG’s only chance to ever hear from her parent how to take care of herself. No problem everybody else will pitch in their two cents even when they do not know what it means to take care of “yourself.”

What does take care of yourself actually mean? Why do people feel the need of saying so? Did DG just grow her age and size without taking care of herself or someone else was caring for her? Yes, we sign off with “take care” that is fine because each one of us knows the other will even if we don’t say so thus it doesn’t mean a thing just don’t “shoulda” the other person. Or else find a new signing off term.

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