While visiting my mother's home town Kotkapura in Punjab - this morning I read a
short Hindi story written by Nidhi Oberoi in a local Hindi paper 'Madhurima' -
which really touched me deeply and thought of sharing it..
The following is my version in English based on Nidhi Oberoi's story:
"My daughter made me cry"
One day, my grown up daughter suddenly asked me:
"Papa, have I ever made you cry?"
I said yes.
She was surprised – "When? How?"
"When you were about one year old. One day, you were crawling on the floor.
I placed some coins, a pen and a toy at a little distance from you and sat down on the other side.
I wanted to see which object you will choose. Your choice would have indicated what you will
value more in your life. "
"How"? She asked.
"Choice of book or pen would have indicated that you would value education in your future life
–choosing coins would mean wealth, and toys would mean entertainment and joy."
"And what did I choose?" she asked enthusiastically.
"You stared at everything for a moment – crawled towards them and looked at everything again
Then suddenly you pushed them aside and crawled through those objects and came straight
towards me – grabbed my hand and sat in my lap with a big smile on your face.
Suddenly, at that moment I realized that I had given you only three objects to choose from - a coin,
a pen and a toy - but you were looking at four things. The fourth choice in your mind was me –
and you chose me over everything else.
Tears started to flow out of my eyes and I could not stop crying".