Paraphrase: While driving from her mother’s home to Cochin airport she has a glance on her mother who was sitting beside her in the car. To her dismay and worry her mouth was open and her pale face was as lifeless as a dead body. The scene brings back her childhood fear of losing her mother. In a bid to drive away that fear she looks through the widow of the car. She sees the young trees running behind and the children rushing out of their homes into the street merrily. Symbolizing the fast running off life and inescapable decay of human childhood and youth. Particularly her mother’s old age, frail and unhealthy state and imminent death upset and agonize her.
Meanwhile she reaches the airport. After the security check is over she once again looks at her mother’s face. She is still motionless. It resembles her as foggy and misty as late s winter’s moon. Same childhood fear once again seizes her. She could not say more than that she would meet her soon. Hiding her own grief and fear she just smiled and smiled.

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