Saturday, December 5, 2009

Heart burdens..

I just wanted to put something which disturbed me recently.

I had been to my aunt’s house yesterday. She’s the eldest sister in my mom’s family. She and her husband, retired from their jobs, are staying together in their house, with no one to take care of them, as their only son is doing his engineering in Chennai.

When I went there, I heard that uncle had fainted and now taking rest. Myself and my dad then rushed into the room to see him. He was in deep sleep. So we thought that we should not disturb him and came out of the room.

He, after returning from a long journey, had went to doctor. Getting medicines for his fever, he had come back home. Then, as he went to lock the gate, suddenly he had gone unconscious fainting down. This old aunt was helpless to carry him inside, so had called her tenants for help. They carried him inside to his room. Then he was given something to drink by them and asked to take rest.

After all these happened, we had given the entry. Then the tenant brought some chappathis to eat. So we woke him up. He looked too sick, with his eyes drooping in, bony hands and shrinking face. He asked for milk, so I got it after boiling and made him eat.

Whatever may be his personal character, for us children he used to be very friendly. We all used to surround him in the lawn of my house, as he narrates interesting stories late nights. It was a great fun to hear them all. So seeing him in such a situation, I was moved.

Then I asked him what happened to his health? What did the doctor say? He said it’s the age factor. He is not able to walk too far easily. But he is the one who takes care of the house, cooks and doing all sorts of works. Now in this situation, he can’t even take a step. He was also worrying about his son’s strange behaviour and careless nature. Hearing all these, I couldn’t control my tears.

A person, who was once so jovial, taking everything easy, now because of growing old, feels lonely that there’s no one to take care of him. No one to consider him. The age factor affects to a greater extent. It’s hard to see an aged person, though having a good house and all other facilities but no one to take care of. What is there in having a car but no one to take us for a ride? Money can’t buy people, their affection and care.

So may GOD look after them and give them peace!

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