Are the Happiest People On This Planet Those Who Live On Their Own Terms?

My Wife Navaz Called,  'How Long Will You Be With That Newspaper?
Will U Come Here And Make UR Darling Daughter Eat Her Food?
Farnoosh Tossed The Paper Away And Rushed To The Scene.
My Only Daughter, Ava Looked Frightened; Tears Were Welling Up In Her Eyes.
In Front Of Her Was A Bowl Filled To its Brim With Curd Rice.
Ava is A Nice Child, Very Intelligent For Her Age.
 I Cleared My Throat And Picked Up The Bowl. 'Ava, Darling, Why Don't U Take A Few Mouthful
Of This Curd Rice?
Just For Dad's Sake, Dear'.
Ava Softened A Bit And Wiped Her Tears With The Back Of Her Hands.
 'Ok, Dad. I Will Eat - Not Just A Few Mouthfuls,But The Whole Lot Of This.
But, U should....' Ava Hesitated.
'Dad, if I Eat This Entire Curd Rice, Will U Give Me Whatever I Ask For?'
'Promise'. I Covered The Pink Soft Hand Extended By My Daughter With Mine, And Clinched The Deal.
Now I Became A Bit Anxious.
'Ava, Dear, U Shouldn't Insist On Getting A Computer Or Any Such Expensive Items.
 Dad Does Not Have That kind of Money Right now. Ok?'
 'No, Dad.  I Do Not Want Anything Expensive'.
Slowly And Painfully, she Finished Eating The Whole Quantity.
I Was Silently Angry With My Wife And My Mother For Forcing My Child To Eat Something That She Detested.
After The Ordeal Was Through, Ava Came To Me With Her Eyes Wide With Expectation.
All Our Attention Was On Her.
'Dad, I Want To Have My Head Shaved Off, This Sunday!'
Was Her Demand..
'Atrocious!' Shouted My Wife, 'A Girl Child Having Her Head Shaved Off?
'Never in Our Family!'
My Mother Rasped.
'She Has Been Watching Too Much Of Television.  Our Culture is Getting Totally Spoiled With These TV Programs!'
 'Ava, Darling, Why Don't U Ask For Something Else? We Will Be Sad Seeing U With A Clean-Shaven Head.'
'Please, Ava, Why Don't U Try To Understand Our Feelings?'
I Tried To Plead With Her.
'Dad, U Saw How Difficult It Was For Me To Eat That Curd Rice'.
Ava Was in Tears.
'And U Promised To Grant Me Whatever I Ask For. Now, you are going back On your words.
It Was Time For Me To Call The Shots.
'Our Promise Must Be Kept.'
'Are U Out Of UR Mind?' Chorused My Mother And Wife.
'No. If We Go Back On Our Promises She Will Never Learn To Honor Her Own.
Ava, UR wish Will B Fulfilled.'
With Her Head Clean-Shaven, Ava Had A Round-Face, And Her Eyes Looked Big And Beautiful.
 On Monday Morning, I Dropped Her At Her School.
It Was A Sight To Watch My Hairless Ava Walking Towards Her Classroom..
She Turned Around And Waved. I Waved Back With A Smile.
Just Then, A Boy Alighted From A Car, And Shouted,
'Ava, Please Wait For Me!'
What Struck Me Was The Hairless Head Of That Boy.
'May Be, That Is The in-Stuff', I Thought.
 'Sir, UR Daughter Ava is Great indeed!'
Without introducing Herself, A Lady Got Out Of The Car,
And Continued, 'That Boy Who is Walking Along With Ur Daughter is My Son Bomi.
He is Suffering From... Leukemia'.
She Paused To Muffle Her Sobs.
'Harish Could Not Attend The School For The Whole Of The Last Month.
He Lost All His Hair Due To The Side Effects Of The Chemotherapy.
 He Refused To Come Back To School Fearing The Unintentional But Cruel Teasing Of The Schoolmates.
Ava Visited Him Last Week, And Promised Him That She Will Take Care Of The Teasing Issue.
But, I Never Imagined She Would Sacrifice Her Lovely Hair For The Sake Of My Son !!!!!
 Sir, You And Your Wife Are Blessed To Have Such A Noble Soul As Your Daughter.'
I Stood Transfixed And Then, I Wept.
'My Little Angel, You Are Teaching Me How Selfless Real Love Is..........
"The Happiest People On This Planet Are Not Those Who Live On Their Own Terms
But Are Those Who Change Their Terms For The Ones Whom They Love !!"
Think About This….


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nice...thanks for sharing this story.

July 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersurvivor
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