Thank You Everybody


Like an orchestra conductor thanks the artists after the performance. Like a Director thanks her actors.
Maybe more like a solo artist thanks all the technical staff.

Like a Mother who thanks all the experts in the delivery room actually.

Doctors, nurses, cleaning lady, pediatrician- there were loads of people in that room. Like a Mother who thanks everybody who helped her deliver the baby, stitch her back painfully, clean little Naseem-o and make soothing sounds for us, I raised my voice and said, “Thank you, everybody!”

Previous two times after Sahar and Ali were born, I was calm, relieved and happy. And quiet, I might add.

This time, I was happy, ecstatic and so full of energy! I was laughing. I said, Come, come, give me the baby. I will take her back with me from this room.
They gave her to me. I put the little one on my chest….and our stretcher was wheeled back to the same bed where I had been crying tears 20 minutes ago.

Mum joined us. I said, I am hungry. I haven’t eaten anything today. Mum fed me lunch. I nursed the baby. Sms-ed Afzal.
She was Naseem already. Born on 16 September,2008. Sleeping right now.

About Natasha Badhwar

"Because I'm a Tinker. That's who I am. Tinkers fix things. But I can't do it alone." (Pause for lots of action. Group Action......) "You did it, Tinker, you saved Spring!" I also have three children, one marriage, a million friends and one life.
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