December 16, 2018
After spending three extraordinarily long days constantly surrounded with a never ending group of people (a Bengali wedding ceremony of a close friend), I was glad to be back home. I was exhausted and annoyed with a terrible flight experience – the cherry on top was the pilot almost nearly tipped the plane while landing; or it felt like. My battery was down and I wanted to recharge, an introvert that I am.
But as soon as I rang the doorbell of my house, a wonderful sight greeted me. My 3 year old niece came running, hearing my voice, and wrapped herself tightly around my waist. No words said. Just a tight warm hug. THAT instantly made me feel better. Happier. Coming from a pure, untainted, unharmed, untouched human being. An innocent soul, who does as she feels, says as she feels – I know is truly genuine. No filters added. This hug, thus, was everything to me. Made me feel loved, missed and wanted.
This moment, has now become the happy memory I can summon when I am terribly low. My patronus – is this 3 year old ball of energy. A shout/call away. Sometimes gives hugs spontaneously, always before I go to work, sometimes needs to be cajoled into giving one. She is my source of happiness, peace and sometimes annoyance.
She just is she.
If you are unfamiliar with the magical world of Harry Potter – Expecto Patronum is a defensive charm (magic spell) used to ward off Dementors – they are this vile faceless creatures who feed on human happiness. This spell is casted by summoning one’s happiest memories. Supposed to be an exceptionally difficult spell.
Dementors was J K Rowling’s way of depicting depression.