Posted by Asmi on August 11th, 2009
I was just having breakfast at 11:00 am, with the balcony door slide open and gazing outside when suddenly “It’s a mad, mad world” thought popped in my head. Now that was random, so I didn’t really give it another thought until I got up and went to the kitchen to wash my plate.
While washing the plate, I remembered that there was a movie by that name, and my dad was watching it one day on T.V. When I was done with the dishes, I went and looked it up and it’s actually called “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”
My dad was watching this movie one day and when I asked him why he is watching an old movie, he said that he could never forget this movie, so I asked why that was, that’s when he told me the story…
Back when my dad was still a college student, he used to watch a lot of English movies. So basically, he was a movie buff. One day grandpa was visiting the city where my dads used live and study in. They decided to go for a movie called “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”, which was on in the cinemas back then and since my grandpa didn’t speak English, dad said he’d translate everything to him. After the movie got over they were on their way back to my aunt’s house, that’s where my dad lived at that time, my grandpa had decided to stay for a while. He told my dad how much he enjoyed the movie and dad said that he liked it too. When they got back to my aunt’s house, they found that the dinner was ready and she was waiting for them. As they began to eat, she burst into tears and left the dining room. My dad went after her and asked her what was wrong. My grandmother was paralyzed and seriously ill and my grandfather had only come for a day or two to meet his son and daughter but didn’t bring her along ‘cause of her condition. Anyways, my aunt told dad that she just got a telegram from their village, saying that their mom had become really serious and was taking her last breaths. The telegram had reached, probably when they were still in the cinema, watching the movie. Shocked and feeling horrible he went and told my grandfather about it. They immediately packed everything and were about to leave when my aunt’s father in law said that he wanted to come along, and that guy was a bit weird, he always took his time no matter what. So they had to wait an hour for him, then they took a taxi and were on their way. I don’t exactly know what was going on in his head on their way back to the small village where they grew up, but from the way he told me the whole story, he must’ve really felt bad for going to the movies that day. He had a tear in his eye when he was talking about it with a smile on his face; he always has a smile on his face when he’s telling me about something that had a big impact on him. Anyhow, back to the incident, they had left at about 11:00 pm and reached home at 5 in the morning. When they entered the house, he saw that my grandmother was lying on the bed in the living room with all her children and loved ones around. He said he could hear her breathe… my grandma’s mom, my great grandmother was sitting next to her and as soon as my dad and everyone came in, she said “look, your son is here!” At that very minute, my grandmother passed away.
He always tells me how he can never forget anything about that day. He even remembers the message sent on the telegram, it said “Mother serious. Start immediately” Which means that “your mother is serious, come immediately” It’s surprising, ’cause, he’s forgot a lot of things from when he was young but this thing, he remembers it clearly, everything, every detail. I guess no one can ever forget something so big.
It really is a mad, mad, mad, world. I don’t know why I just wrote that.