There is an image from my Mumbai visit in June end that has endured in my mind. I was walking with my mom to Shivaji park I think when we passed a boy returning home from school. He wasn’t the cutest kid …but something about him caught my fancy.
It was drizzling and he had a raincoat on with a hood. He was carrying a school bag and had a water bottle around his neck.
What caught my attention was that he had his face turned towards the drizzle. The eyes were tightly shut and there was an innocent joy on his face, looked like he hadn’t a care in the world…I tried to remember when I had done something so simple so spontaneously last. I dearly wished I had a camera with me to capture that moment forever.
The joy on his face was indescribable…I have forgotten what such simple joy is and can’t find the words to describe it.
Maybe this is what PF were hinting at when they sang
When I was a child I caught a fleeting glimpse
out of the corner of my eyes…
He was having his glimpse of joy, a simple , guileless joy…let’s hope it is not a fleeting one.