Kind­ness of Strangers

If you have a heart, you can help any­body

Reader's Digest (India) - - Contents - S. Ra­jara­jesh­wari, Ben­galuru

Small acts, big im­pact.

In Oc­to­ber 2005, when I was in class four, my mother had to be hos­pi­tal­ized all of a sud­den with ame­bic coli­tis and Dad had to be with her. Wor­ried about Mummy and scared about be­ing all by our­selves, my older brother Vishwanath and I bolted our front door and stayed in­doors.

I still went to school. On the sec­ond day, at the school gate, another mother from our Ban­ga­lore neigh­bour­hood, who came with her son, learnt of Mummy’s hos­pi­tal­iza­tion. “I’ll come by later to­day,” she told me.

The lady, whom we hardly knew, vis­ited us that evening. She walked straight into the kitchen and asked us for the where­abouts of var­i­ous pro­vi­sions. Next, she chopped a few veg­eta­bles and made some in­stant noo­dles for us, telling us how adding the veg­gies made the dish more health­ful. We called her Geetha Aunty. She cooked din­ner and chat­ted with us, keep­ing our minds off our mother’s poor health. Since I had a class test the next day, Geetha Aunty quizzed me on dates in his­tory and gave me tips on how to re­mem­ber them. She also stayed with us that night. The next day, af­ter some more cook­ing, she went to stay with Mummy in the hos­pi­tal, giv­ing Daddy time to come home to rest and catch up on other things. Geetha Aunty’s own chil­dren, a boy and a girl, had their grand­par­ents at home to take care of them. Say­ing so, she stayed in the

hos­pi­tal un­til Mummy was dis­charged. She even came to our house with Mummy to help out be­fore re­turn­ing to her own home and kids.

A month later, we had a small puja at home with Geetha Aunty as guest of hon­our. We thanked her for the sup­port she pro­vided when we were alone and help­less. The next year, Geetha Aunty’s hus­band got a trans­fer to Chen­nai. We have some­how lost touch, but have never for­got­ten her. “You were like my own chil­dren,” she had said. “I didn’t feel like I was in another home.”

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