Last Saturday evening we had gone to my cousin’s house. He was out of station. His wife was home. She told us that their son had gone to market with wife and son to purchase to purchase pair of new school shoes for him.
We just started catching up with news of other relatives whom we had not met for some time. After about fifteen minutes or so she remarked that does it take 2 hours just to purchase a pair of shoes as their son has been away for that long. I told her that may be they were doing some more shopping. She said that I do not know what goes on and my wife being a woman would understand it better. She added that their daughter in law was slowly taking charge of house. She further added that in the morning she cooks for lunch before going to office and instructs her maid to prepare dinner. This lady is about 4 years elder to me. My reply was as to why did she not look at it this way that her d i l wanted her to take it easy at this age as her grandson would surely make her tired with his pranks after return from school. When I asked if she felt ignored or neglected, her reply was “ NO “. So I told her to think positive.
Their son along with wife & young lad of about 5 years came back in next 10 minutes or so. They had brought a lot of household utility items including a blood pressure monitoring gadget as she suffers from high BP. Her d i l after usual paying respects rushed to kitchen to ensure that we would have tea with some snacks. When I looked at my cousin’s wife, she looked sheepish.
This incident set me thinking as to why we do not look at positive side and also that a time comes when we need to gradually hand over charge to younger generation, isn’t it?