You might be giving all strange looks at the title I have selected for my blog today. Yes, I mean every word I have written. Sometimes such small shocks are required to bring you and your loved ones close and the fear of death/partition from your loved one makes you realise your life is worth if you have spent some quality time with your friends and loved ones and not if you have spent it in office being a workoholic all your life!
A small incidence on Friday shook me from top to bottom and I realised how life gives you second third fourth and many more chances to realize the meaning of life.You just need to take the cue and remember it.
Last week I had heard that one of my friends kids in the society suffered from Swine flu and they are admitted in the hospital.Even my friend and her husband were admitted as a precaution. I by my nature was a little worried for her and wanted to talk to her badly. But generally in this situation its better that we dont show our sympathy when we cannot do much about it. And especially I am not so close to her, so if I called it would have been taken otherwise. So I kept mum. With all the horror stories potrayed by media I was keeping my fingers crossed and praying for her silently. I knew that Swine flu is curable if its mild and as per the news it was very mild for her and her kids but still you cant stop thinking of it.
I was very pleasantly surprised when I got a call from her on Friday morning. Since I was in office I saw the missed call and called her back with a little ackwardness. She has called me for some other work. Then while speaking to her I generally asked her how are you now! She confirmed that they are all fine and they have returned home. They are still on Tamiflu tablets which will continue till Monday and after that she will take her kids out and they will go to school as well. I thanked God for that and was generally asking her how her kids caught it. She informed me that it started from an ear infection and as a safety measure doctor suggested a blood test. And all of a sudden the blood test were positive and her son got swine flu from school.And then what she said after that made me dumb struck.
She told me that she had a good time in hospital, the whole family Husband wife and her two small 5-6 yrs son and daughter were all in one room for three whole days. The father got them whatever food they wanted. The father is in a profession where he stays out of the house for 20 days out of 30 days in a month. The kids usually dont get to spend so much quality time with him otherwise. When the father figured out that the kids are suffering from Swine flu he cancelled all his appointments and tours and was with them for whole two week. I am sure how he must have felt in that very moment when he hears that his kids have a fatal disease called Swine flu. He must have remembered all those wonderful moments he has missed with the family owing to his work.He must have regretted and cursed himself for this. We work for our family but no reason is worth neglecting the family and especially every kid has full right to demand time from his parents.When you grow old tomorrow you will not remember the nights spent in the office working hard to get the target but you will still remember the nights you were awake to take care of your kid and playing with the kid at 3 am in the night just because your kid is in mood to play that time. You will not remember the awards you got as a best employee or best manager but you will always remember your kids school award as Best Father/Mom.
My friend was not able to speak in the noise her kids were making while they were playing with their father that evening. I could hear them giggle and scream in joy as if world has changed for the better for them.My friend sounded soo happy in that grim situation that I was wondering if it is really a disease or some blessing in disguise for those little angels? So friends I request you all dont remember your family only when there is a terrorist attack or outbreak of fatal diseases like Swine flu and SARS. Your family deserves a better treatment than this.Dont forget to tell them that you LOVE them everyday.
God thank you for giving me a great family and luckily me and my husband have all the time on this earth for our little angel. Hope nothing on this earth changes this. :)