Tissa, this week we observe your third death anniversary.
This year is a special year for the family, as both our sons are taking the GCE Advanced Level in a couple of weeks’ time. If only you were here. That thought keeps coming to my mind. You supported our sons in every way you could. You would pick them up after classes. Even in the last two days of your life, you performed these family duties.
I remember us discussing our children’s education. You would tell them: “Sons, study hard and enjoy a better life than we had.”
The year you left us, our younger son Nipun took the GCE Ordinary Level. He passed with very good results, but you were not there to share the good news. We missed you badly that day.
These days both our sons are studying hard. They go to classes together, and they study together. They also help me a lot, just as you did. Some days they drop me off at the junction in the morning, and they also help me with the cooking.
I am lucky to have two sons who are very much like you. If you were here, you would be proud and happy to see what fine young men they have turned out to be.
You loved to see our sons leaving for school at the start of each new academic year. The first day our two sons came to my section of the school, you were not there to give us your comments.
You had a notebook, and on the cover were the words “Supun and Nipun”. In that book you noted all the special things that happened in their lives, from their small days. I found an interesting entry: “Nipun Putha came and said ‘Thaaththa, we are writing A, B, C’.” He was very small then.
When I read through the book, I realised how much you loved and admired your sons.
I know our sons will fulfil all of your dreams. Our older boy Supun is working really hard. He was to take his A-Levels last year but fell ill just two days before the exam.
I know our sons will grow up to be good citizens, with your blessings.
We will remember you forever.
Champika Ramani Dias