This little story is very close to my heart. We are 4 sisters and 1 brother, me being the eldest. My youngest sibling (my baby brother) is 12 years younger to me. For very long I didn't have a brother. 12 years is really a long time, don't you think? For a few years not having a brother didn't make much of a difference. It didn't really matter if I had a brother or not until I was 7 years old. In our craft class at the school we were being taught how to make Rakhi using silk threads and brush and being told us the story and the significance behind the Rakshabandhan festival. I, as a kid, was so intrigued and fascinated by it that I terribly wanted to have a brother. Moreover, looking at other girls with brothers and listening to their plans for the festival was making me long for a brother even more.
That day when I returned home I was particularly sad and my mother sensed it immediately. When asked, I narrated her the entire incident. She laughed it away and helped me with my art & craft homework which was to prepare Rakhis for display . They turned out beautiful.
Rakshabandhan was just 2 days away and I was still whining for a brother, and more so when my prepared Rakhis won the best Rakhi in the whole class. But, on the day of Rakshabandhan what my mother did for me was super duper extraordinary and will definitely blow away your mind (Well, it did mine!). My mother dressed my baby sister, who was 1.5 years at the time, as a boy and asked us to tie her the same Rakhis that I prepared. (We had converted Bably to Bablu for the day. 🤗😎😇) I even got a present for the Rakhi.
For 3 more years I continued to tie Rakhi to our Bablu and later to Dably turned to Dablu. It was 1.5 years later that I got my actual brother. And the first Rakhi I celebrated with him was when he was just 5 months old and could barely sit. He just kept staring and drooling all the time unaware of what was happening with him. But that one Rakhi is still the second most memorable of all Rakhi I've ever had so far, the first will always be the one with my Bablu 🤗😉! Nothing can ever beat that one!