Day 2 : It’s just what parents do!

3 Jan

A few weeks ago, I did a very silly thing. Something insanely stupid. I bundled up a lot of clothes to put in the washer, including the husbadoo’s shorts that were lying on the floor of the bathroom as he was in the shower. Inside the shorts pocket was his cell phone. And it made its way through a full washing cycle. A hunt for the phone several hours later resulted in us just saving it from making it to the dryer , but alas it was too late and the almost brand new phone was internally damaged beyond repair. Yes, we did the phone in rice bag in the fridge trick for 48 hours and took it through the Staples Techdry machine ( Note to any one else who gets their phone wet – Try this  drying machine at your local Staples, even before you attempt rice. Its way more effective than you can ever do at home). And it went through a screen replacement, battery replacement and has been examined thoroughly by 2 different tech hubs over the last few weeks and has finally been declared unfixable. Apart from some initial lamenting, the H has been super sympathetic to my guilt .He’s not said a single unkind word about the whole incident to me but of course my guilt ate me alive those first few days. Being Christmas season and all, I volunteered to get him any phone he wanted  – the surprise with tech products and gadgets doesn’t go down well in our family, I rather he choose the exact phone he wanted. But there was no need for that.

My in laws were with us for a visit when this happened, and my FIL almost instantly handed over his brand new phone over to the H. My FIL is an avid photographer and he had upgraded his mobile phone just before his US trip to one that had a better camera. But there was not a single moment of hesitation as he offered up his phone the minute the incident happened. He in fact insisted he was more comfortable with his old Windows phone than the new Android and was happy to go back to it. This was when we protested and told him we couldn’t take his. But it was given to us so whole heartedly with so much parental love that it was hard to refuse .It also came in at a point when we didn’t want extra expenditure of any kind and this gift was much appreciated.

I guess for seasoned parents or for anyone who’s been the recipient of generous , timely parental gifts of any kind , this anecdote comes as no surprise. Its simply what parenthood does to you – its teaches you how to be unselfish the minute you see your child. It starts from those first hours after birth, when you are dying for some sleep and the little mite is placed in your arms for a feed. And it carries on for years afterwards and manifests in different spontaneous acts of kindness. And if there is any sign of your child in distress – however minor the situation be , your parental heart swells up in generosity.

I struggled at times to understand this as a child , who is the recipient of these gifts , but understand it a little bit now as a mom.





8 Responses to “Day 2 : It’s just what parents do!”

  1. Dil On The Rocks January 3, 2016 at 1:13 pm #

    So true.i think of all the things my parents gave up for us, I pretty much cry. And to top what they did, they do not show off. 😂

  2. More than words January 3, 2016 at 8:36 pm #

    So true …. Parents do stuff in the most unexpected ways and when it happens they make you feel it was forever in the plans….

  3. princessbutter January 3, 2016 at 10:03 pm #

    That is so cute yaa. It’s so hard to understand giving up something but when I see my mom and dad, I get it.

    • popgoesthebiscuit January 4, 2016 at 10:53 am #

      I had a hard time accepting it from my parents..but understand the selflessness now a little

  4. My Era January 4, 2016 at 1:03 am #

    Being a parent, changes everything. So many things begin to make sense and I guess an equal number of habits in us change for the better the minute we become a parent 😀

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