A child when in early days in this world will always be fond of that person who spends most amount of time with him or her. Usually its the mother whom every child likes the most as its mothers they find the most when needed as a child. But in case of Ben it wasn’t the case. As soon as he was born his mom had to leave him with his grandparents and leave for work abroad. Ben was very fond of his grandparents and always loved them the most. As he grew older and older the love for his grandparents grew stronger, but without his knowledge he was developing hatred for his mother. He started disliking her and didn’t wanted to be with her as for him she had betrayed her and there was no place in his heart for her.
Time went on and years passed by and the Ben grew over his teens. Now he was in a position to show his anger in actions. Once during his vacation in college days, his mother came to visit him. He didn’t want to meet her but everyone compelled him to do so, as it was almost 5 years he hadn’t met her. Finally with the pressure from everyone he came home and met his mom. It was almost silence between them for about 15 minutes. But she being the mother could not stop to show her emotions and went near him and sat next to him. But the anger inside him could not accept it and immediately pushed her away and a loud thud sound came from the room. Hearing the sound the people outside came in and saw her bleeding and immediately took her to the hospital nearby. She was fine but that was the last Ben met his mother.
But fate had written something else for them and a few years later the boy became older and happened to visit a camp for youngsters. There the topic the speaker was speaking was Gratitude. During the talk the speaker showed the audience a photo, which had it written on it, “The Pulitzer Prize” winning photo of 1994.
The speaker went on…
“This heart-wrenching photo was taken during the Sudan famine in 1994. It had won South African photojournalist Kelvin Carter the Pulitzer prize, a prestigious award in photography. Captured in the photo is a child crawling towards a UN food camp few kms away and a vulture waiting for the child to die, so that it can eat her. Whether the child survived is still not known to anyone, including the photographer who fled the place the minute the picture was taken. He later revealed to friends that he wished he had saved the child. Even though these journalists were warned not to touch the famine victims for the fear of contracting diseases. Carter himself felt afterwards that he could and should have done something more humanitarian. Three months after winning the Pulitzer prize, he committed suicide out of depression.
This episode in the youth camp had moved Ben rockbottom, somewhere inside him there was a guilt developing and he was starting to feel sorry for all that he had done to his mother. He started saying to himself, yes my mom was not with me but she was doing all the sacrifice for me. It is because of her sacrifice the he could complete his education and work in reputed organisation. He could not control himself and broke down. He wanted to meet his mother that movement and say sorry to her. He immediately rode back home to meet his mother.
When he reached home seeing him everyone was very happy. They all hugged him and took him inside the house. He said sorry to them all and asked to see his mother. His dad came near him and took him to his mother room. In the room on the cot was she laying down being nursed by a home nurse. She was in her last stage of cancer and was spending her last days of her life in this world. Ben was shocked and shattered to see his mother lying on the cot like this, full bald and with heavy pain in her body. he could not control himself and started weeping on his fathers shoulders. His father consoled him saying, don’t cry son your mother will hear you and feel bad.
He went near his mom and sat next to her. His mother slowly opened her eyes with lot of pain and seeing him was very happy. She forgot all her pain and there was a new life in her eyes. She touched his hands asked him to come near her. Ben took his ears close to his mother and she said to him…
“Son I am sorry for doing this to you. I always wanted to say sorry to you. It was my mistake, I loved you so much but I was not able to express the same to you. It was always inside me. Now that I want to love you so much, give you everything you want, I can’t”
Ben could not control his tears and went outside the room and broke down on his dad’s shoulders.
His mother passed away the same day.
Someone rightly said…
Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. Sometimes we should express our gratitude for the small and simple things like the scent of the rain, the taste of your favourite food, or the sound of a loved one’s voice.