"Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the kings horses and all the king's men,
could not put Humpty Dumpty together again."
This nursery rhyme immediately gives all of us a recollection of that round and cute poetry character and of course those carefree days of our lives. These four lines are visually also very strong, in the sense, one can easily imagine what exactly happened to Humpty Dumpty. Yes, it is the beauty of writing.
But I had one such moment which reminded me and my fiancé of our childhood this Sunday. On my way to take a train to Surat from Andheri station, I slipped a good three stair cases while walking down the entrance of Andheri station. Their were hardly eight or nine stair cases to climb down and I went down on three of them on my bum and back with my MacBook Pro in tow.
And yes, it hurt me, and how. A not so badly bruised elbow, a heavy strain on my back, eventual swelling on my wrists and acute shoulder pain. But the initial reaction of my fiancé kept the pain at bay till I reached Surat. As soon as I fell down, for a moment I felt he would take out his iPhone and click my picture, but he was decent enough to offer me a hand to get up.
Realising I was about to weep, he immediately cracked the Humpty Dumpty joke on me. And rechristened me as his Humpty Dumpty, changed my name on his mobile phones and kept singing Humpty Dumpty rhyme till I boarded my train. I was in pain, and wanted to cry. But he didn't let me for one bit.
Even after the fall, we climbed up the bridge, changed platforms, walked down till my compartment, with my eyes welling up and Gautam singing Humpty Dumpty. I told him not to tease me, but inside I knew if he would not do that, I will break down. He knew the moment I fell that there was no point of cajoling me and giving false promises that the pain will subside, so he continued his stupid Humpty Dumpty...
Only when I completed my four hour journey in the train and 15 minutes in an Auto I realised that I was in bad pain. My parents immediately swung in action and applied ointment and ice package on affected areas. But somewhere I was humming Humpty Dumpty in my head. I realised this was the Humpty Dumpty moment of my life.
Some things you learn in your childhood don't leave you. I think Humpty Dumpty is that thing in my life now, and I am sure my fiancé won't let it go away from me.