The moon travel and a mother’s sorrow

Parineeti stared at the moon. The gentle breeze caressed her hair as she held the chubby hands of her three year old, Parikshit.

“Do you like being on the boat, darling?”

When Parikshit nodded an enthusiastic yes and held out his arms for her to pick him up, she whispered holding back tears -“Wave to the moon, tomorrow, sweetie. Mummy is going there with her friends from ISRO. Mummy will watch you from there.”

“Are you visiting Gramma there, Mummy? Can I wave to her too?”

“No, sweetie, Gramma has gone to heaven.”

Her husband squeezed her hands offering silent comfort.

Written for Rochelle Wisoff-Field’s Friday Fictioneers. Linking up here. Thanks to Ted Strutz for the photo prompt.

Author’s note: India’s space research agency, ISRO, is working on Chandrayaan mission which aims to put astronauts on moon again. Waiting to see another success like the mars mission, Mangalyaan.

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38 replies

  1. Dear Lavanya,

    Your story gives new meaning to the phrase “I love you to the moon and back.” I take it mummy’s an astronaut? Nicely done.



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  2. Thanks for the explanatory note, which made the story fall into place πŸ™‚

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  3. I would be incredible if we returned to the moon, I can’t understand why other countries have given up on it. Here’s hoping it is a success. Sweet story.

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  4. I had to Google “ISRO.” I’d let the child wave to Grandma in Heaven anyway. You never know.

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  5. That’s a lovely story!
    You were very clever to use a three year old child as the focus of the mother’s love, because the whole thing is then like a magical adventure. We know it’s real, but because of the child’s naivety we don’t need to feel the jingoistic emotions like ‘It will be India who gets back to the moon first’. Space travel should be international if anything is. That said, ISRO deserves great credit, both for its technical competence and for its daring.
    Great write, Lavanya!

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  6. A delightful snippet of dialogue twixt mother and child.

    Click to read my FriFic!

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  7. Parineeti will be back. I have enormous hope and trust on Chandraayan. That being said, beautiful selection of names. Good one, Lavanya

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  8. I totally love that it is the mother who is the astronaut. Adds a whole ‘nother level to the story…

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  9. Lovely to have a mother and astronaut.. that gives such lovely possibilities

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  10. Indian Space Research Organisation, you forced me to look it up and I learned something new today. πŸ™‚

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  11. Beautiful.
    Also,Parikshit is a great name.πŸ™‚

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  12. That was a lovely one Lav, makes me think of my trip- not to the moon but Zurich! πŸ™‚


  13. What a cool Mum. How many kids can boast that their mother went to the moon and came back? πŸ™‚

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  14. An astronaut with ISRO. The little boy must be proud of his mom and misses his gramma.

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  15. There is an unwritten feeling that the moon is seen as hades…. Maybe it’s just my sleep deprived mind. Good story, and I wish ISRO all success in it’s mission to the moon! Always wondered what was seen there that we never went back….

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  16. I keep thinking that there was a scientist from India on the last major shuttle launch (Columbia). It would be great if that nation (along with America) could reach the moon again. Well done in inspiring!

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  17. I smiled at the science, the family connection, and the emotion you gave us. well done. πŸ™‚

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  18. Oh so touchy! Loved this space fiction with earthy tones and emotional hues!
    – Anagha From Team MocktailMommies

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