Ramya signed the register and became officially married again. She turned back to see her then mother-in-law busy in checking arrangements for the new couple to get back home.
Well, the story shall begin now chronologically backwards.
*4 years ago,
Ramya signed a similar register to become officially married for the first time. That day she turned back to see her mother busy in checking travel arrangements for the new couple. Ramya felt that she would miss the company of her mother for ever in the future. Her mother-in-law gracefully laid her hand on Ramya’s shoulder.
*3 years ago,
Ramya visited her mother after a long time and decided to spend a month long time with her. Her husband, a flight lieutenant officer in the Indian Air Force, would be on a duty for the next 8 months.
Ramya had a guilt that she couldn’t spend much time with her mother. So, she planned for a surprise trip immediately then to a place that her mother always wanted to visit but couldn’t till date.
She forgot to mention her travel plans to her mother-in-law during her periodic telephone conversation with her. Before calling it a day at the end of Day-1 of the trip, she uploaded the photos of the trip and slept.
Ramya was awaken by 2 notifications the next morning. Those notifications were for the like and for the comment “Enjoy Dear”. A stunned Ramya wiped her face to read the name of her mother-in-law twice.
*2 years ago,
Ramya broke down on hearing the death of her mother. Her mother-in-law held her close. She cried for hours and slept on her mother-in-law’s arms throughout her journey. Her husband drove the car with much focus on the road.
A crying baby sleeps soft in the arms of the mother. This wasn’t different.
At the end of the day, the mother-in-law fed her son and Ramya a nutritional diet.
*1 year ago,
The television channels screamed while the newspapers hurled the news that a fighter jet of the Indian Air Force disappeared in the nearby ocean during a drill. That jet was piloted by Ramya’s husband. The search drills began but ended up with the body of the pilot after 3 months.
The unheard cries of a mother and the heard cries of Ramya filled the house.
The unheard cries of the mother-in-law never was heard.
A mother buries her sorrow for the sake of her child to be strong. This wasn’t different.
*During the present day – Today (Just similar to what you read in the first para of this answer),
Ramya signed the register and became officially marriedagain. She turned back to see her then mother-in-law busy in checking arrangements for the new couple to get back home.
Ramya couldn’t find the difference between her mother-in-law and her mother. She didn’t want to either. That’s when she called her ‘mother’ for the first time.