Monday, September 23, 2013

A Mother's Heart!

Around 40 years ago when telephones were rare in the country and plastic was unknown in food industry, a young man on his Official tour took his aged mother along with him to show the temples of pilgrimage importance around the place of his visit...

The son with his mother checked into a hotel in the early morning hrs for their stay in the new place.... After readying himself, the son told his mother that he would finish his office work quickly and try to come back by lunch time so that they both could have lunch in a good hotel and then go around the place seeing the important temples in that area. The mother agreed and the son left....

But his Office work continued and so the son could not make it out for lunch.... When it was nearing lunch hr, he quickly got a good hot lunch packed in steel boxes and sent it to his mother through one of his attendants and asked him to wait for her to finish the lunch so that he could bring back the empty boxes.... The attendant being a local had a difficulty of communicating to his mother in her own language and so the son sent a chit through him along with the food asking her to finish the lunch and send the boxes back.... And he finished his lunch along with his colleagues....

Strangely, after an hour the attendant brought back the boxes intact.... The son got wondered and could not understand the reason of that. The attendant informed that he handed over the food and the chit to her and collected the boxes when she returned them to him. The son too immediately could not communicate to the mother as he had to rush for his work....

Finally he finished his work by evening, quickly came back to hotel and as soon as he returned asked the mother, “ Ma! Why did you not eat the meal?”

The mother simply showed the chit he had sent. It was written on that, "You eat and send back the boxes. I will eat here for today....”

The son immediately could not understand the confusion. The mother clarified, “I thought that you will also be eating part of this food....”

The son laughed and said, "Then at least, you could have eaten half of it and sent back the remaining half.... Why you did not take anything at all?"

The mother smiled and said, “My dear! You may be very hungry and I know your hunger.... Half of that food is never enough for you!”

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