Someone I knew used to love buying me soap from Kerala. Don’t ask me why. I don’t want to know.
Now, it has been months since this person left my life for good. But the other day, before Bangalore’s second lockdown began, I went to my now-desolate apartment to pick up some books. When I opened my wardrobe to peek inside at the familiarity of what used to be, I found those soap bars . I got those back with me.
When I opened the first one, I burst out laughing. Because, really, what was the Universe thinking?
A soap called Happy.
It made me smile.
And then, as if I hadn’t got the message still, the same day I opened a long-forgotten teabag a friend had given me last year.
This time, I smiled even wider when I saw the message curled up inside.
Really, if life isn’t a box of delights like these, what is it?
A soap. A message in a teabag. This is our life too.
I may be married to melancholy, but I felt incredibly happy when I came across these.
There are bigger things in my life, yes. Pressure. Stresses. The very struggle of just living and getting through each day with everyone you love being safe and well. The very real struggle of making money. The real struggle of managing relationships, banal, complex, and befuddling. Sometimes, I am so lost I don’t know if I can find my way back. It seems comforting to lie down where you are and forget that there’s this interminable journey we have to complete.
But for now, I think it’s good if we find joy in a bar of soap.
If we find our delights in a teabag.
In the swirls of puddles left after the rain. In freshly washed clothes. In maybe the way your partner wrinkles their nose while concentrating.
In the way a tail wags or a cat warms your feet. In the whisper of a leaf. In the caress of a tone. In the melancholy of memories. In the way dawns breaks. In the steam of a hot bath. In the magic of a word, a phrase, oh, a story that makes its way to your heart and hugs you.
Oh, the delights. Oh, the delights. These delights of our one precious life.
Can we find our soap of happy every day? Would you share your delights with me? What delighted you today?