Life

The Blue Sky: A Silent Companion Through Life’s Journey

In the early morn, strolling amidst the rice fields, I invariably encounter the azure heavens. The slumbering clouds have yet to awaken, leaving the sky pristine and translucent. A gentle zephyr caresses, while the sapphire hue of cornflowers extends to the summits of verdant mountains. On occasion, early clouds laboriously traverse the mountain’s far side, their corpulent forms struggling to ascend.

At this juncture, long-forgotten memories, veiled in dust, emerge silently.

My grandmother, in days of yore, delighted in our moments together atop the rooftop, gazing at the cerulean expanse, and engaging in profound discourse. Though advanced in years, my grandmother may not fully comprehend my tribulations, yet she refrains from offering trite wisdom. She merely positions a diminutive stool, settles in front of the abode, tending to the harvest and patiently awaiting my return.

With my bundle in tow, I traverse the vegetable patch, traversing fields, until I catch sight of my grandmother beneath the tangerine sky, her countenance adorned with a smile. She reaches out to relieve me of my load, whispering, “Go cleanse your hands and partake of sustenance. I have prepared the pumpkin sprouts you relish.” She then proceeds to the stone table in the courtyard to retrieve the fruit proffered by our neighbor. I behold the sunset, which imbues her hair with golden radiance. Following our evening repast, we silently ascend to the rooftop, intuitively comprehending one another. While she busies herself with needlework, I contemplate the awe-inspiring behemoth in the firmament. On weekends, I occasionally rise early, fortunate enough to witness the dawn’s arrival. More often than not, after supper, we lean against the weathered wall, beholding the unending spectacle as the sunset illuminates the heavens. In quietude, I commune with the sky, confident in its understanding.

Alas, such days are scarce. Life invariably introduces tempestuous rains, transforming into torrents that submerge our very essence and saturate our eyes. On a rainy day, the downpour extinguished my grandmother’s lamp. As we prepared to part ways, she clung to my hand with utmost fervor, akin to a withered tree clinging to the promise of spring, uttering no words. Following her departure, I became a vagabond, suppressing tears amidst the ashen sky, shouldering my belongings as I embarked on a slow departure.

The firmament within the steel forest remains eternally gray, even on the sunniest of days, its clarity dimmed. My seat, often near the window, grants me the opportunity to gaze skyward, the window frame dividing the heavens into fragments, each concealing my ineffable musings.

During that era, a youth occupied the adjacent desk. Gentle as the breeze, his smile entranced, pearlescent dimples adorning the corners of his mouth. Entranced by his earnest lectures, I dared not confront this heart-fluttering juncture. One evening, as I admired the sunset, his chiseled profile materialized in the window’s reflection. The sunset audaciously painted the heavens, while I surveyed the sky, the window, and beheld him leaning against the desk, his arched back akin to a mountain peak on the horizon or a solitary wave.

Enthralled, I extended my pen and gently tapped the boy’s back, whispering, “Greetings.” He turned, and I gestured toward the scenery beyond the window, remarking, “What a resplendent sunset.” He smiled, directing his gaze to the frame of sky that belonged to me. Within the petite window frame, we stood, clad in pristine white shirts.

In the blink of an eye, we were swept away by an overwhelming force, leaving naught behind but the lingering sunset on the windowsill. No time for sorrow remained. As the wind whispered, the crimson countdown reached its final pages. Seated by the window in the fourth row of Class 21 on the sixth floor, I watched the billowing clouds descend upon the desk, transforming into a flurry of math answer sheets. The azure heavens dazzled with intensity. I shielded my eyes, yet teardrops silently trickled through my fingers.

Returning along the path of my youth, I arrived at that dwelling. The journey, neither lengthy nor brief, evoked reminiscences of future sojourns, imbuing my heart with bittersweet flavors. Concealed upon the rooftop, I gazed at the pristine sky. Recalling the moments of tranquil solitude shared with my grandmother, I discovered newfound courage to confront failure.

Now, as I pedal my bicycle through the rice fields, the wind caresses my visage, evoking an involuntary sigh. In an instant, the boundless blue sky resembles a salvaged sea, vast and expansive. Beneath its watchful gaze, humanity seems diminutiveand minuscule, their entire existence akin to a drifting cloud in the crystalline expanse. As one cloud dissipates, the next emerges, perpetually progressing in the footsteps of its predecessors. We all traverse this earthly realm as solitary wanderers. Yet, in our relentless pursuit, we often forget our own path, fixating solely on forward motion. Fear not, for I implore you to cast your gaze skyward, towards the elevated sea, for it shall reveal the answers you seek.

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