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#SaraReads: Story- Goodbye Amma


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Samaya Vaikkam

Sara here, everyone! 12 year old Samaya from New Jersey writes this moving story on saying the hardest goodbye. You will have tears in your eyes, and tightest hugs for your loved ones by the end- guaranteed!

#SaraReads: Story- Goodbye Amma

Shadows of heavy trees danced around and the air carried a silence, as if it knew everything.  I swung in the rope hammock that I had crafted with my  grandpa who I affectionately called, “Thatha”. I cherished my last moments here. It was hard because the bad thoughts kept coming back. The thoughts about what would happen to me soon. I would have to leave today.


After Amma died,  Thatha had no choice but to make me go. I had agreed that day, afraid of upsetting him when he was still mourning over Amma. I missed her too, even when I had only known my Amma for 14 years. I could only imagine how Thatha felt, knowing his daughter for much longer. But did I really want this?  Did I want to leave? Almost instantly, I found myself on Thatha’s auto rickshaw, the rest of my family, just mere blurs.


I didn’t cry. It was as if I had used up all of my tears when Amma passed, but Thatha wasn’t the same.I wiped his tears with my hand, feeling faint and wearing a dazed expression as I clutched him, my nails digging into his stomach. I laid my head on his heart and took a breath, smelling the fields on his stained shirt. I wasn’t surprised to find a drop rolling down my scared face. Thatha was the only one I had left…How could he send me away? Slowly the dirt roads merged into grey ones and I found myself at a train station. I carried my suitcase and hobbled away, not turning until I was sure Thatha had gone. I was mad. Mad at Thatha for making me leave. Mad at Amma for being such a bad driver. Mad at myself for not saying goodbye. But what could I do? I was just a  14 year-old boy with a battered suitcase, sitting on a bench, waiting for the next train to New Delhi, where I would meet an uncle who I never knew existed.


This is when I realized I was truly alone. Alone with no one, but myself and my Amma’s ashes. I thought of Amma’s caring nature. I thought of the day before the accident. She had told me she loved me. I gave Amma a kiss and hugged her to my chest, now knowing why Thatha didn’t want to come. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye either. When I felt a hand on my shoulder I didn’t need to see who it was because I could smell the fields. Thatha had come.  We would make this journey together. We wouldn’t forget Amma. She would always be a part of us, even if we tried to forget, but it didn’t  mean that we couldn’t move on. I clasped Thatha’s hand and smiled, knowing the pain was gone.


Life for us didn’t end for us when Amma died. We had so many more things to look forward to and I now understood this!!

27 Replies to “#SaraReads: Story- Goodbye Amma”

  • Arjun Vaikkam

    Touching story Samaya, keep writing!!

  • Kanchana Ravichandran

    Really touching story! A silver line – a ray of hope amidst all the sadness!

  • Saivignesh

    Fantastic story with fabulous moral

  • Kalaimamani Kumar

    What a story!!! So emotional but a bond in relationship. Very well penned. Hats off.

  • Subramaniam

    It is really moving.
    But write something happy and positive.
    At 14 ,it should be always jubilant.
    Commendable writing.

  • Yogeshwaran V

    Very well written, you have conveyed emotions and hinted at the background story in a few lines.

  • Manakkulam a.k.a Shekar

    Simply brilliant!!! Carefully chosen words that are woven together with strings of emotion showing the depth of feelings. Keep going Sara. My pair of eyes are waiting for more.

  • Radha Soundararajan

    Well written… Exhibiting your emotions as per the situation..Congrats…
    That is it…With your wonderful talent just go-ahead writing on positivity…suitable to your age..Bring out joy with your beautiful writing..God Bless you dear!

  • M.Revathy

    Nice story with emotion if everyone will die for that we should not leave our confidence

  • Usha Skanda

    Samaya… Congratulations. You are able to express your ideas very clearly with a meaningful message for everyone. Keep writing. God bless you abundantly.

  • N Narasimhan

    Great narration. Very engaging.

  • Komugam

    Very good writing! Best wishes.

  • Lalitha

    Excellent Samaya..Its a lovely story with loads of emotions. You are a budding Auther now and going to be a great author in future

  • Anu Hareeshan

    Very nice writing. All the best!???

  • Divya Krishnan

    Short story with a deep message!!! Life has to move on, when it throws lemons on us. Kudos??

  • Sheela Koteeswaran

    Best wishes. Keep are going to be a good writer in future.

  • Lalitha

    For a budding Auther you have done a great job Samaya.All the best and God bless you .

  • Anu Ashok

    Wow , very touching story!

  • Sumana

    Well written! Great job Samaya! Congratulations & Best wishes for the budding author to write many more!

  • Vasundara Sekar

    Very touching, well written, looking forward for your next.

  • Sumana

    Congratulations on your writing Samaya! Great work! Best wishes to you to write more.

  • Sanmathi Sethuraman

    Touching story Samaya. Feelings Well expressed. Congratulations.

  • Sanmathi Sethuraman

    Very touching. Well expressed. Congratulations.

  • Kalpana Chandrasekar

    Beautiful!! Such profound emotions in a young mind, the world awaits. Keep exploring

  • Satish

    Very nicely written. Keep writing!!!

  • S V Subramanyam

    Very moving & well written. All the best. Keep writing

  • Congrats samaya, wonderful writing, best wishes

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