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Thankful

Thankful

Kumar Rahul Tiwary

 

The child was born with a silver spoon – literally. His family was among the richest in the region. He grew into a talented young man. But one day, there was an earthquake and his family lost almo st all their property. They had to live like common people for three years. After lots of hard work, they earned some property and were well off again. But one day, there was a robbery in their home, and all the family jewellery and precious articles were looted. But they kept their heads up. Father had grown old by this time, so the young man had to take up the business. But he was too kind hearted, and just too mush idealist. His subordinates cheated him. Competitors surpassed him. Luck was also not in his favour and he lost some critical deals too. But his family supported him and he went on for higher studies. After his studies, he got a very high paying job at some big firm. But he had to live separate from his family. Because of the same qualities which had made him an unsuccessful businessman, he earned a great reputation at his company. After several years of work, he had more wealth than his family ever had. He returned to his elderly parents and requested them to come with him to the city. They agreed. They left their ancestral property in the care of some relatives. In the mean time, he married with the daughter of his father’s childhood friend. Unfortunately, the young man developed some disease that the doctors were unable to diagnose. His condition deteriorated day by day. His father and mother also lost health seeing their only son in helpless condition. The disease made him incapable for his job, and they lost much money in the unsuccessful treatments also. They decided to return back to their old home town. One day, two trucks stopped in the small town and in a white car came the whole family. This evening, the daughter-in-law made a delicious meal. They all sat on the floor and took the dinner together. The cackle of the young children, the smell of earth in the drinking water, the sound of birds on the Peepal tree, all made them comfortable. Then the old man said: “No matter how much we lose or earn; no matter what good or bad happens with us; we are happy till we are together. I am so grateful to God that He has allowed me the greatest joy of the world – of being at my home with my children and being a help to them.”

 

[Mumbai, 19 Jul. 07]