September 21, 2010
Earlier this year I traveled to India to visit my brother and his family. Raka would have loved to join me, but she could not leave school. While I was in India, every minute with my nephew Agni was fun, but my heart was back here in Denver, thinking about Raka. I called Raka often while I was away and of course every conversation would end with, “I miss you,” and “I love you”.
Raka was in school the day I got back. My good friend and neighbor Sudhir picked me up from DIA and I arrived home quite jet-lagged. As I entered home from the garage, I saw a sign on the door with the words, “Welcome home Daddy! I love you!” As I read the sign, I stood there and said to myself, “Aww!”
Raka has been amazing in sharing her emotions and feelings for me all through her life. Ever since she was a little child, she would draw cute thoughtful cards for me, but this one was special. I made plans to remove the sign and take it to my office, but decided to leave it there just for a while.
A few weeks after my return, Raka reminded me that I was “already back home” and the sign should be removed. I pleaded with her, asking if I could keep the sign up for a few days.
Today, the sign has been up for more than six months. I have no intention of taking it down. The sign has been a permanent fixture on the door. Every time I come back home, I stare at the sign and smile. It reminds me of Raka and her kind gestures. It reminds me that I am home and my baby loves me. It also reminds me that while I am away, my daughter is always waiting for me.
There has not been a single day when I have failed to read the sign as I entered the door. There has not been a single day when I have failed to say as I walk in, “I love you too, Baby!”