We have often heard about “Ma ki mamta” – A mother’s love is unquestioned and unchallenged in our society. It is supposed to be the epitome of affection. But now I find myself questioning it. Again. Every time I challenge Venky, he proves he loves me more than I can ever love him. He always puts me before himself. And he did it yet again.
Last Saturday, Vibhu had to pick up something from the office. He decided to take Venky along as he loves going to our office and running around the water fountain there. Once Venky was informed that he was being taken to the office, he got really excited. He hurried up with his bath and finished his breakfast quickly. He jumped around the whole house waiting excitedly for his dad.
Just as they were ready to leave, I decided to pull Venky’s leg. Venky always cries when we leave for office. That day, I was being left behind, so I did a Venky. I held him and asked him not to leave me and go. Venky said – “We’ll go and come back very quickly mommy.” This switch of roles had become interesting. I persisted – “Please Venky.. don’t go”. Venky did all the hugging and kissing he could do and kept assuring me that he’ll come back soon.
Finally his dad called him to go. As Venky took unsure steps toward the car, I pretended to cry. Venky looked at his dad for help – “Mommy is crying.”
Dad asked – “So, what should we do now?”
After a pause Venky said – “I’ll not go.”
Dad – “Should I go alone?”
Venky – “Yes. Come back quickly.”
I cannot imagine the amount of self restraint it would have taken him to say that. A 2 yr old gave up something he wanted to do so much because I was crying. I felt so humbled and was ready to cry for real now. But I smiled and said it was okey for him to go.
Venky ran off happily with is dad and had a blast in the office, but as soon as Vibhu reminded him that I was alone at home waiting for him, he was ready to return. And ofcourse he did not forget to check on me once he was back home. 🙂
My son, if you retain half the will power you have right now, you’ll grow up to be a fine man.