Ever since we moved to Canada, Masood Bhai, Butool and their three wonderful girls-Amees, Asra and Anjum made this new country feel much like home. I was introduced to them through my sister and ever since, family get togethers just got bigger and better. Aaliyah looked forward to the family get togethers because she had three friends to play with. Out of the three, Aaliyah got along really well with Anjum. They had a lot in common, especially, their love for food.
I will personally miss Anjum's never failing pleading to let Aaliyah stay for an extra 5 minutes after a party. Every time we would get ready to leave, Anjum would come up to us and in her sweet husky voice would ask us to stay for an extra 5 minutes. Getting those extra 5 minutes used to bring her instant joy. She was just a sweetheart.
Helping them out with all the packing and cleaning this past week felt as though I was moving myself. Bare walls, empty rooms and moving furniture left me with a feeling of emptiness within me. I am not quite certain but it was a weird feeling. A sad feeling.
Moving from a place is always sad because you get attached to the things that you collect over the years, to your surroundings and to the people around you. It leaves a void in your life. A feeling that you are missing or losing something. However, looking at the brighter side, there is always a moving-to place. You move to a better place, you move to a place with new possibilities. You move to a new life. And if we really want to get over the sadness associated with the moving-from place, then we need to seek out the happiness hidden within the moving-to place. To Masood Bhai and family, may your new life be filled with endless possibilities, joy and happiness.