The Tomato Family

Written as part of Wordy Wednesday at Blog-a-Rhythm which gave the picture of the tomatoes as inspiration for a post.

The Tomato Family


The fight with Raj had ruined Naina’s morning. She turned around to see that her 4 year old daughter had arranged the tomatoes in a single line.

“Pia, how many times have I told you not to play with the food?”

Pia looked at her mother, and gave her a big smile.

“See mumma, the big tomatoes are you, papa, dada, dadi, nana and nani.”

Hearing her bubbly girl explain, Naina burst out laughing.

“Why two little tomatoes?”

“One is me, and other is bhaiyya,” replied Pia, walking to her mother and stroking her stomach. “Come soon, Chhotu. I’m waiting.”

And all was well in Naina’s world again.

* dada, dadi = paternal grandparents; nana, nani = maternal grandparents, bhaiyya = brother *

(© 28th May 2015)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

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