Day Nine: Point of View
Shiela and Ryan go to the movie theatre to watch the latest movie Jung – War. Everyone at work has been talking about it, just released a week ago, the movie has already been declared a hit. The story is centered around a wronged mother, who despite going insane continues to love her children.
In her mind, time stands still and her children remain young. After the movie ends, Shiela and Ryan come out of the theatre and start walking towards the bus stop in silence. On the way they cross a park, As they are walking in the park hand in hand. They see an old woman knitting a little red sweater. Ryan sits on the bench next to the lady and starts crying.
Shiela had agreed to watch the movie, because of Ryan. Personally, She has no patience for such melodramatic movies that glorify meaningless pain and suffering. The songs had been pleasant but the end of the story had felt rather unrealistic and outlandish. At the same time, she knew that Ryan had been deeply affected by the movie, as he was soft-hearted, sentimental and deeply affected by movies. So it was natural for him to see another mother, perhaps reminiscing her children and break into tears.
The old lady likes to knit. It keeps her out of trouble. She rarely ever looks up from her knitting; it has to be finished. She sees a couple walking in the park, hand in hand, they seem to be nice, but her little sweater has to be completed. It is her assignment, a sweater a day, it keeps her busy, away from thinking too much! And it is too painful to think! People are too complicated and unpredictable, they either do not care or care too much and in the end relationships always gets messy. So, she has learned to mind her own business.
Many years ago, this woman, Kala had worked at Ryan’s house. He remembered her from then, she came everyday to clean the house, wash the dishes and the clothes. Ryan as a ten year old had felt sorry for her, no proper clothes, disshelved hair and a quiet, unhappy disposition. He had talked to her, tried to make her laugh with his funny jokes and she had smiled.
“Is there anything you like to do?”, he had asked her. ” I like to knit”, she said, “but haven’t done it in a long time, don’t have any yarn either.” Ryan wanted to buy the yarn for her, he mentioned it to his mother. She was too busy to pay any attention to him or what he had to say. So, he stole some money from his mother’s purse to buy her the yarn. “It was for a good cause!”, he had reasoned, besides his mother never noticed anything.
Kala knitted a sweater for him, she looked happy. Ryan was excited too, he wore the sweater to school that day. When he came home, his mother who had been to busy to notice anything until then, noticed his sweater and the missing money. And as the story goes, blamed Kala for it and called her a Thief! When Ryan had tried to explain the situation, his mother had blamed Kala for “emotionally” manipulating her child. Kala felt so disgraced, that she completely withdrew into a shell. However, she continued knitting sweaters for little kids, one every single day.
Today’s Prompt: A man and a woman walk through the park together, holding hands. They pass an old woman sitting on a bench. The old woman is knitting a small, red sweater. The man begins to cry. Write this scene.Today’s twist: write the scene from three different points of view: from the perspective of the man, then the woman, and finally the old woman.