A lesson I learnt

I think back. The family was planning for a holiday. The whole family, including my mother-in-law, my husband’s brothers and their families, wanted to meet during Christmas. No special planning, just time together was the agenda.

And the place decided upon was Bangalore.

For the four of us, visiting Bangalore was always so inviting. We never refuse an opportunity to visit this favourite city of ours, even though we had visited it many a times. And the chill wind during Christmas was a welcome change to the terrible humidity of Chennai.

One fine morning, I and the husband took all the kids out for visiting The Forum, to go for a ride in the new Metro, to walk the Brigade road. Since all of them were in the teens, we didn’t have much problem in taking half-a-dozen kids around.

When we were about to wind up for the day, my daughter saw those cute badges in various colours and designs. She immediately decided to buy a few, to clip it on to her school bag. Immediately, all the teens got down to choosing their favourite ones.

I first saw my daughter pick up one star kind of smiley badge, which was so her. She is a star in my life and I loved it when she picked up that badge for herself. Then we paid the bill and finished wandering, came back to the hotel room.

Then I saw the cover of badges and asked the teens to take what they liked and bought. That’s the time I saw my daughter holding a different set of badges, minus the star smiley thingy.

I felt bad that I missed to buy it for her.

Then I saw it my daughter’s cousin’s hand. I asked my daughter why she didn’t buy what she liked.

Her answer stumped me then and even now.

“Ma, only one of the star smiley badges was available. Since she liked it, I gave it to her. She is my cousin Ma and I don’t mind giving away my favourite thing to her. And you only told, the more I give, the more I’ll receive”.

And I am glad that my daughter understands such lessons in life and never fails to impart a few to me!!!

Uma Srinivasan is a mother of two teenagers.  While she loves to blog, her daughters help her don hats like Chef / Baker / Parenting Consultant and many more. She manages three blogs, Blog on parenting & every-day conversations, My attempt to fall in love with this city called Chennai and Attempt at sharing my recipes with the world.

  • How sweet! God bless your daughter and you for being such a wonderful Mom!

    • Thanks and hugs Vidya 🙂

  • Wow… I wish we all are able to bring up such wonderful and thoughtful kids. Bless her.

    • Yes, bringing up such kids is a dream come true and I wish every mother feels it from inside…

  • That’s such a thoughtful gesture from your daughter!! Instances like these, surely make you so proud and happy as a Mom! Good job done, Uma! 🙂

    • Yes Shilpa, actually she beat me in her generosity !!!

  • Such an important lesson, which she apparently learnt without much prodding! You must be proud of her!!

    • Totally…beaming with pride 🙂

  • Lakshmi

    Very impressive. I will make my daughter read this article!

    • Please do Lakshmi…I am waiting to hear your daughter’s views !!!

  • Roshni

    what a beautiful sentiment!!

    • Absolutely 🙂

  • Wonderful…such maturity at young age is really commendable….

    • Thank you …. yes, I am glad she learnt it right and used it well at the right time too…

  • dhana

    oh yes, uma! manytimes they teach us lessons and we feel proud to learn from them (like shiva learnt from his son muruga). it is so wonderful to see them growing so matured. all the credit goes to you for bringing them up so nicely.

    • Yes indeed, I am proud mom 🙂 Am glad of such lessons learnt at a young age, as they stay with them forever…

  • Oh such a sweet and good hearted kid.. Hats off to u for making her know the important lessons in life..
    Its so difficult to share and even when we grow big, we find it too hard to give our favourite things.

    • Thank you Manjulika…yes, I am glad she learnt a lesson so well to teach me too 🙂

  • Hugs to the daughter and of course, to her mother 🙂

    So , when is the next trip to Bangalore? 😉

    • Hugs Bindu 🙂 Of course, weekend kitchen beckons me all time…will plan soon 🙂