Truly Madly Paddy


Truly Madly Paddy

Illustration: Shivali Devalkar


ello, Paddy. It’s been a while. I’ve ignored you over the last week because my love for you was beginning to show. I’ve soared from an XS to an L, and decided you were mostly to blame. It took me a flowery frayed album that housed my childhood photographs to realise that I couldn’t possibly be more wrong.

As I tried to recognise my tiny, elfin-self sailing from one photo to the other, I landed on a picture of my grandmother feeding me rice. I soon realised my love for you developed alongside my cognitive abilities. We’ve grown up together.