SUNDAY – The staff and the design artisans finally got a holiday today– but for Lalita and myself, we had a big day planned. Unfortunately, I woke up feeling a little nauseous so she ended up doing most of the work. I said earlier that we came home to my childhood home, but that’s not exactly true. The flat that we grew up in had 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, and 2 closets for a family of 6 daughters! I am daughter #6, and Lalita is #4. Our sisters, Concie (#1) and Bernadette (#3) live here in Mumbai. Recently our old home’s property was redeveloped and we could not afford to rent one of the new flats, so we moved – just one block away, but it was still quite a production. So today we did some work around the house. We hung some of our father’s artwork (he was an artist) on the walls, along with a collection of various photographs, etc. At home in Evanston, I take a hammer and nails and put up photographs myself, but not here! We had to get a carpenter because the walls are made of strong bricks. We also rearranged shelves in the closets, organized them, and threw out a lot of old papers and junk that had accumulated over the years.
Today was Bernadette’s (Bunny to family and friends) birthday. She was born mentally challenged but is very self-sufficient and the most friendly, effusive and innocent 64 year-old I know. She loves children and helps at a pre-school in the slums, loves TV and spends hours in church. She has her own routine and is such a joy. Our other two sisters sent gifts and all in all it was a good day.
Aside, of course, from my not feeling great. After the celebration I couldn’t keep from napping well into the evening… so now it’s 4:30 in the morning and I cannot sleep!