“Oh yeah, and who’s he got his cute lips from?” She asked sharply, knowing it was only his provocation and yet falling for it.
“Alright, to be fair, his 5% cutitude does come from you. His runny nose is your genetic gift?” He could no longer suppress the grin as his hand covered it, but the mischief still overflowed from his eyes.
“Ranjit!” She rolled up the newspaper and hit it on his head.
“Domestic violence! Stooop!” He shouted. “So now you want me to get physical, huh!” He puffed up in mock anger.
The blow was harder than intended. “Sorry…”
“What sorry! You remember, the last time we’d got physical this way, we ended up getting so wild, I’d to call my office telling them Diarrhea God was preventing me from attending? Too bad, boss has turned atheist as far as Diarrhea God is concerned.”
“Ranjit! Stop!” She blushed and laughed. “You’re funniest. And the cuuuutest. 100% of his cuteness comes from you! Happy?”
“Hey no, it’s unfair. I was just joking. I want a fight, not compliment. Just like the last time, I wanna get physical! I’m feeling horn…”
“Shh… I can’t fight you. That’s your punishment for being sooo adorable.” She placed a finger on his lip as she kissed him on the cheek…
She felt the same warmth in her cheeks today that she had 13 years ago. She smiled as she looked at young Ronit’s large eyes peering from the photo in her hand and remembered their mock fight.
She wondered how strange memories were. She had never imagined she could muster enough courage to revisit them after their divorce. But here she was, revisiting those very memories, and yet they filled her with a glow. She wondered if Ranjit still remembered her. If he still looked at the old photos and smiled.
She decided the question was redundant. Memories were shared, but happiness was hers alone. After all, he was the one who had abandoned her. Happiness borrowed from memories was no less real, she realized today.
With fears now dissolved, she decided not to warn Ronit of pains of love. She smiled looking at his silly grin, lost in his own fantasies, and wondered how to ask him about his first crush who caused that grin, as he turned 14 today.
Yes, love was worth it. She decided as she shut the photo album.