Recently, I visited one of my close associates home to meet them after a long time. There were lots of complains from her for not turning up.
I too wished to meet them but my routine was packed with numerous commitments of job n home and I couldn’t take time out for Me time.
Finally, I banged one day.
She was happy to meet me and we exchanged a lot. The meeting was exciting.
She had moved to a new house so she took me to show around her interiors. Really, she had kept it magnificently and I felt a guilt inside for not keeping up so well because of time constraints.
A beautiful collage standing tall in the living room attracted my attention and enquired about it.
Ria told me that her sons have presented her on the eve of Mother’s Day and she had received precious gifts from them.
Just to celebrate Mother’s day, they had flown to the town and while telling, her face glowed with happiness and her wide smile and sparkling eyes were the witness.
“Wow…you celebrated in a big way…that’s nice, so caring are your children.” I said.
After an hour or so, as I was about to leave, her Mom-in-law came in to meet me and she reciprocated with warmth.
“Is Mother’s Day celebration for new generations Mommies, Swapna?” She asked me.
“No Aunty, it’s for Moms of all ages. Every day is Mother’s day because we are the witness of her art. Father too has the credit in bringing us to the earth but the nine months hectic journey is solely on the shoulders of a Mom. Why Aunty, what made you ask?” I said.
“Nothing beta.” She replied.
Ria came to see me off.
As I was about to put on the ignition, Ria said that her Mom-in-law expects gifts and celebration on Mother’s day and that’s why she queried.
“There is nothing bad in it, Ria. It’s quite natural.” I said.
“Budhape main shaukh jag gaya hai.” She said and laughed.
I felt hurt and drove off without sharing words further.
I couldn’t digest her double standard.
The whole excitement of meeting Ria melted and the only query haunted my mind.
“Why this Double Standard? Can she not feel the feelings of her Mom-in-law, she too is a Mother as Ria is.
There are many instances in life when you wish to speak out but you can’t always express and remain in guilt.
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