I’m writing this post while traveling in train from my college to my hometown. It’s just about my thoughts, what I just experienced and thought from that. It’ll not be a long post. 🙂
A couple with their two children was sitting in my cabin and the elder one (about 5-6 years old) was standing near the window. His height was enough that his chin was barely scraping the windowsill. As a habit of watching kids, I was watching that kid continuously (the other one, the infant, was fast asleep in his mothers lap). The father gently held the kid’s chin and turned his face around and the very next moment I was shocked to see when he hit him hard on his face. The kid’s started wailing the same moment and his mother pulled him into a tight hug. I’d no idea why that happened and the mother looked as blank too. She’s looking at his husband continuously with angry eyes (but being a typical Indian wife didn’t say anything). All she could say meekly after a couple of minutes was: “he’s a kid. Only kids do mischiefs, not adults”. Then his father explained that he’s been licking the windowsill even after being forbidden a few times earlier. The mother the asked whether the he’ll stop doing from now like this.
The father then pulled the child into his lap and started consoling him. The kid stopped crying (don’t know if due to fear :p ). Then happened a thing that touched me: after a moment when I looked back at the scene, the mother was silently crying. His husband didn’t hit her. Still she felt the pain and couldn’t control her tears even if her child was on mistake. She kept on crying for about 10-15 minutes.
It’s not I’ve seen this thing for the first time. For a couple of times I’ve seen this at my home too. Whenever my father hit me for some mistake I made, my mother cried too (that too more than me). She may say a hundred things to me, scold me, but seeing her child being hit by someone else (even if he’s her husband) is a thing totally unacceptable. But the post I’m writing now because I was too young at the time this all happened to me to understand.
Not very good writing skills, but I guess you all got my point. A love an Indian mother has for her children. Maybe this is common all around the world but I’m just writing what all I saw around me. Do let me know what you think of this in comments or on my email.
PS. I looked at the lady just before finishing this post and guess what. I could see a tear on her cheek cuz there was one on her child’s cheek too. :’)
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