The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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I interviewed my Grandpa, and had asked him what was the most terrifying thing that has ever happened in your life. And he responded by saying when he thought he had almost lost his daughter, Kafi, who was only six years old at the time. Even though it was for 25 minutes, these 25 minutes felt like the longest 25 minutes ever in his entire life.

It was an early afternoon in Queens New York for Saleem. Both his youngest two kids were home  since they had not started school just yet. While Saleem was doing his billing in his office, both his two kids, Kafi and Mueen were fooling around and running around the house. Although this was very distracting for Saleem, he was able to tolerate it. Eventually, Saleem heard his wife, Munira shouting to him asking if he knew where Kafi was. Saleem said he had seen her a little while ago with Mueen running around in the living room, but he since had not seen her. Both parents tried asking Mueen- he was not able to answer properly, probably because of him not fully being aware due to his age. Saleem then right away stopped doing what he was doing, and attempted to look everywhere in the house. 25 minutes had passed and they looked everywhere in the house and still could not find her. Saleem was frightened out of his mind and all sorts of thoughts were arising about what could have happened to her. “What if she is severely injured? Or what if she is stuck somewhere?” His heart was racing rapidly and the regret was overpowering him because he knew he should have been more responsible and have kept a better eye out. Finally, they heard a faint noise coming from the basement; more like a faint knocking noise. Saleem quickly went down and followed the noise. The noise took him to an old big fridge that was not working. saleem opened this fridge and saw Kafi in there. He was so shocked and terrified for Kafi that she was in there because of it being such a hazard. He quickly took her out and took her upstairs and sat her on the chair. He asked her why she was in the fridge, and she replied "because Mueen and I were playing, and then I got stuck." Saleem felt terrible that he was not paying more attention to the both of them and wish he had been able to prevent this from happening.

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I interviewed my Grandpa, and had asked him what was the most terrifying thing that has ever happened in your life. And he responded by saying when he thought he had almost lost his daughter, Kafi, who was only six years old at the time. Even though it was for 25 minutes, these 25 minutes felt like the longest 25 minutes ever in his entire life.

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Recorded by subrina ahmad on December 9, 2019
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