The Connection

Image by me in 2014

The barefooted girl walks around the Valley. She is yelling, “No, you are not paying the price. I was born unlucky and with bad luck. I won’t let you pay for it”. The beautiful Valley smiles, “It is too late. There are two ways to pay for sins. Sometimes, the children pay the price of elderlies or vice versa”. The girl cries, “You are too beautiful. I want you to remain beautiful. Do you know that I love you a lot? You don’t. People are lying. They say whatever they think is right or what their little brain or mind is thinking”. The valley smiles, “It is okay. Yes, I know that you love me a lot. You were gone far away, but your soul never left me. Your absence is always stuck inside of me. I always felt your presence. Always remember that children are not the only ones who love their parents. It could be the other way around”.

The girl does not want to listen as usual. She covers both ears with her hands, saying, ” No way, I won’t let you suffer. I won’t let you pay for the actions of others. Do you know about it that I have tried my best to protect you? Nobody believes it. Everybody judged me wherever I went. So, I have decided not to go anywhere. Now, I sit here quietly and lonely. I am away from you. The darkness of my life should not impact you, so I am sitting too far away. Why are you still suffering?”

The Valley smiles with pain, “It is called a connection. The wise people were right. History is being repeated. Only you and I could understand. Do you believe in the almighty? of course, you do, so I believe in the almighty.”

The girl wipes her tears and cleans her nose, ” tell me how? my valley. It is out of sense. Everything is out of my sense”.

Now, the girl sits on the floor. She looks around her. The Valley is full of tall green trees that touch the blue sky. The top of the surrounding mountains shines with white snow. The valley talks back to her,” It is called a connection. You never lost love for me. You have gone to the top country in the world. However, you have always looked back on me regarding love and safety. I have failed to provide you with both safety and love”.

The girl cries again, “don’t blame yourself. It is a human error. It is not your fault. why you are suffering”.

The Valley smiles back, “This is the problem. The views and thoughts of people have changed with the advancement of technology and science. Everything has changed but not you. You are still standing in your old place. Do you ever use science to save others’ lives at work? Yes, you do use science and technology. But, you fail to apply it when it comes to feeling and love”.

The image was taken by me in 2018

The girl gets confused, “Don’t make me confused, Valley. I don’t like people when they make me confused. I love it when people talk directly to me. so, talk to me in a straight language. Don’t give me a headache”.

The valley smiles, “You are silly. you will never grow up”.

The girl defends herself, “Yes, I know it. It’s good to be silly. I don’t want to grow up at all. Can you mind your own business”?

The Valley looks at the girl with pain, “yes,  I can mind my business. However, your business is also my business. You are my beloved daughter, who was separated a long time ago. You were taken away from me unwillingly. I have forgotten you because I had got busy with my other children, but I have ignored you. I have many children, but I was one mother to you.”

The girl tells the Valley, “It is okay, Valley. I don’t mind it”.

The Valley turns toward the girl, “Don’t interrupt me. Let’s talk. I don’t know when you will overcome your bad habit of interrupting others. You always come to me. People go where they feel safe, secure, and loved. I am a safe and beloved place for you. I failed to protect you. I could not protect you and your love. You had returned crying. You were sick both physically and mentally. You knocked on every door in the Valley. Nobody opened the door for you. Some did it, but they shut their door on you due to fear. The daughter came home, and nobody could help her. All the doors were shut down on your face. Nobody could have the courage to wipe your tears. You looked everywhere, but no door was open for you. No, you are not crying alone now. Everybody is crying for different reasons in the Valley. Now, I have made everybody cry for some different reasons. A good mother treats all her children in the very same way. I am sorry that I have forgotten you. I thought that you were gone for good. I realized later that you never wanted to leave me, but you were forced to leave me twice, but I could not do anything. 

The girl says, “It is okay, Valley. I have adopted my new lifestyle. Let the people rest now”.

Most of the time, the Valley is peaceful and quiet. The girl is stubborn and hot-headed. But, today, her Valley talks to her with an open heart. The Valley could see the little girl hiding alone in the room on New Year’s Eve while the rest of the world celebrated it. 

The girl tries her best to divert the Valley’s attention, “Look at my nails. Do you like my new nail color? I can’t show it to him. Can you tell him about my beautiful nail paint? I have done it for him. You are right that I am silly”. 

The Valley doesn’t want to be quiet today: “A mother gives justice to her children. It is my way of giving you justice. People won’t believe it. Only wise people will understand it. Yes, your friends are right. The people of the Valley are paying the price of your tears. Do you see the connection? Don’t you see the correlation between your pain, abandonment, and the suffering of the Valley? You were good at math. What happens to you now? I think that your friends are better than you in math now. Can you do some math to find the connection?. I won’t tell them directly what and why it happened. I follow whatever the almighty tells us to do. It won’t stop until everybody pays the price of their sins. They need to be brave. They need to learn. I wish that all my children have courage like you.”

The girl is quiet now and listens to the Valley without interrupting her. Valley continues to tell her, “The history is being repeated. Many were once punished for their mistakes after Abu died. You either need to change them. People could say that you are delusional. That is why this conversation is only ours. One day everybody will realize it, but it will be too late. I just want you to know that I am a mother and giving you justice my way. You are being loved and cared for. Don’t you think you would be punished if you left me long ago? The children are the same to their mothers. Remember my silly girl, you are my daughter. I don’t belong to Muslim people only. You don’t have to change your faith and belief to get my attention. People of the Valley love everybody with equality. I belong to all of you that are born in my lap. I belong to everybody who cares and loves nature and humanity. There will always be a connection between you and me. Forget about your cowardly lover; he will realize soon. His eyes will be open soon when he comes to know the reality. He won’t be my child if he still does not get it. New Year’s Eve now, I want you to be happy. I love my innocent and silly girl who drives people’s lives crazy. I don’t like this new version of you”.

The girl wipes her tears, “You are right, my dear beautiful Valley. I don’t care what people think about me. All I know is that I love you and my bubby boy. I don’t mind if everybody says that I am insane. It does not matter if my bubby is good or bad, but he is my love of life. It does not matter whether you are a beautiful valley or not, but you will always be mine. I will sleep now. In the morning, I need to save some lives.”

The girl makes fun of the Valley again, “can you believe it? An insane save the life of a genius. Can you believe a woman would save the life of a man? A man becomes a coward, but the woman fights back full of courage. Give me a high five. Oh, I just remembered to tell you that I am one of four dysfunctional geniuses. I love you too. My dear Valley, I wish you a new year to bring light to my Valley. Bless the people with their freedom. Bless the people of the Valley with love and peace. Make the Valley prosperous again. Bless the Valley with a lot of bundle of joys. Keep the bad people, darkness, and bad fate away from my people and Valley”.

The girl shouts back at the Valley, “Don’t tell anybody. You are still my favorite place on earth. Don’t share it with anybody. People are kind and jealous of my love for you. Keep my hubby bubby safe and happy. You owe me. So be good to him. I don’t need justice. I don’t need love anymore. Can you promise me that you will keep my people safe and healthy as usual? Otherwise, I will call you an ugly valley in the entire world. Do you get it?”.

The Valley laughs, “This is my silly girl talking now.”

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