Death calling (the COVID 19) and the HOPE

They are gossiping that this pandemic will be engulfing every human on this earth like a monster does with no mercy. The little kids are seeming nervy, teenage faces turning dull, adults are texting each other to find out what will happen next and the old ones are sitting in deep thoughts as they believe this is the end of the world, perhaps. There is no hustle and bustle on the roads, Schools are empty, humans are suffering under prolonged lockdown and no one knows when it will end. Ali’s grandma is telling him stories that this pandemic is worst than ever. 8 years old- Ali is terrified and continuously asking: Grandma why the scientists aren’t doing anything? And the grandma just laughing and patting Ali to stay calm. Because she thinks that- this time no technology will ever work.

Next to the other door, 7 years Noor is sitting with her Dad; she is wondering why God isn’t helping the people dad? Petrified into his own thoughts, Daddy has no words to explain this situation. He is trying to escape such thoughtful questions because he knows somewhere it’s difficult to blame God when human himself has not even prepared themselves for their final return to God.

Chubby aunt to the next door is almost crying for her gym to start. She wants to look even prettier but her weight is putting on. She is praying for the end of this pandemic and gossiping at phone with her friends. She is so tensed that she is eating from the heavy bowl full of fat foods. She doesn’t even stare for a moment inside the bowl. She is always a chatty aunt.

Next to the door is Alina who is 21 years old. She is smart and clever. She tends to stay active on social media. She misses no updates. Here she notices the beep on her phone. They are supposed to start a group chat and for sure it is about covid 19. They are arguing, cross questioning and discussing about this pandemic but the outcome is seemingly no more than a long endless discussion. They too have no idea what to do except receiving update about continual increase in the positive patients of covid 19, globally. This group of friends has frightened nerves. They finally switch off the chat.

Next to the door is Ayyan house. He is 28 years old. He loves to create local you tube vlogs. He is preparing his new vlog about covid 19. Rather, he is in search of something which should be very triggering and catchy for the audience to read. “What if I post ….the covid 19 is the end of this world? Yes it will work. He says to himself. No, but I’ve to bring something new and shocking. Umm..What if my vlog starts with a bold headline ….umm….covid 19 is the anger sent down to Earth by God? Whoa..It will definitely frighten my audience and they would eagerly click the button to watch it. Yes….umm…but…..”

Hence, Ayyan is a little bit confused but getting ready to post his next vlog soon.

Next to the door……..errrrrrr……..wait…..he is a 10 years old little worried boy with his arm rounding chest and eyes full with tears. He is weeping silently so that his mother shouldn’t see him crying. Why he is crying? The HOPE thinks. I shall talk to this little boy, the HOPE turns around and comes in front of him;

“Why are you weeping my little boy?” HOPE asks

“Ahhh…. (The boy getting scared) who are you? “

“I’m HOPE, it smiles back.”

“H-O-P-E”….the boy stops crying for a moment and stares at it.

“Yes….why are you crying little boy? Let’s be frank with me. I’ll fix it.”

“They (people) are saying this world will end. People are dying. Covid 19 has struck them down. I will also die of this” the boy replies (sobbing)

Let’s HOPE the HOPE is alive because there is nothing when it dies,”

it pats on the boy shoulder and smiles.

“But…what if I will not be able to see this tomorrow” the little boy seems not to be satisfied (sobbing)

“People, let’s not live to see tomorrow but to let the HOPE in us grow. The world is full of fear,”

it sits with the boy and pats on his face while cleaning all tears down.

The boy stops sobbing and looks at the HOPE saying “but this covid 19 is very dangerous. It will kill us all”

“Still, HOPE’S the only thing to cheer. We’re troubled when HOPE is lost. Without HOPING to find it at all cost. Let’s not live for today and tomorrow,”

it tries to make the little boy understand. It is working though. The boy stops weeping and sobbing.

“Dear HOPE you’re so nice with me. I’m feeling a bit fine now. But why God is not responding? Do you know God?” the boy seems a little confuse though.

“Till today, man has seen no God. But HOPE is the only divine bud. From which the tree shall rise, to bloom the flower of life, to its full size,”

it kisses the little boy and stays with him.

The little boy is now satisfied and feeling relaxed. He almost forgets about covid 19. His mind is full with new energy to fight this pandemic with more courage and strength. He gets up as he has to prepare something very interesting- tomorrow is his birthday!

Nabila Abbas is BS student of University of Management and Technology. She can be reached at [email protected]

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