Awakening from Iniquity
One summer evening, my grand pa came back from morning walk and went his room directly without uttering a single word with me. This is something quit unusual thing for me. He seemed to be a bit disturbed mentally. I told this to my mom and she rushed in his room hurriedly and asked him if anything was wrong with him. He smiled dryly,” Today I heard an incident from one of our friends that how his neighbour, an old man of our age was ill treated by his son and daughter in law. I felt so ashamed at the decline of the values of our society. I felt amazed too that how the children of today are so intelligent.”
We could understand nothing at this. Looking at our inquisitiveness, grandpa started to tell about that family, as he was told by his friend."A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas and rice rolled off his fingers and spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth.
The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. 'We must do something about this old man,' said the son. 'I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor'. So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed their dinners together.
Since their old father had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl. When the family glanced in their father's direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a spoon or spilled food. The four-year-old watched it all in silence.
Finally the couple had decided to send him to an old age home. They got every thing prepared. On the morning, while he was boarding on the car with his son with a trembled body and tearful farewell, the grandson was found no where. After a fuss, he was found alone in his room cutting the grandfather’s blanket in three pieces. He was also playing with wood scraps on the floor. His father asked the child sweetly, 'What are you making with the scraps and why are you cutting the blanket too?' Just as sweetly, the boy responded, 'Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food in when you get old. And for the blanket, the big piece I shall give to the grandpa and the rest I shall keep for you too. You both will be given while you will be sending in your old age home' The four year old smiled and went back to work.
The words so struck the parents that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done. That evening the son took his old father's hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family and was given a proper bed with its utilities to sleep. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.
Turning to our pale faces, grand pa took me in his arms and smiled with tears shining in his eyes.” But I had told with pride and utter satisfaction to all of my friends, ‘I have a paradise on earth. My son, daughter in law and my little grandson take my care like anything which can be the best on this earth. Our abode is full of love and respect.”