We just spend lot of money, time, energy in exploring new places but always miss real treasure of our life..family. Under estimating family and following materialistic world for happiness and satisfaction. Often , we underestimate our precious belongings, real treasure.
H2 Final exams were approaching, and so the anxiety to go on vacations. In school, we were more discussing about vacations , rather than curriculum. Everyone wants to go far places and enjoy..want to do adventures..wow..eagerly looking for it.
On way home from bus stop , saw my maid’s kid. He was roaming on road. He saw me as well, waved hand and came close to me. Enthusiastic for vacations, I asked his plans. He responded he will go and see his grand parents along with his parents for one week. To which I said, didn’t he will be bored going to same place every year. As far as I recall, every year they take 7-10 days off and visit their native village.
To which he replied,that’s the best time he use to have , being with his folks in village. Eagerly he use to wait every year to get his exams over and visit them. Further he added,in native he gets lot of people to meet and everyone loves him and admires him, all kids from colony use to play , ran around in grounds, take early walk besides lake, pay visit to neighbor. Everywhere he was warming greeted.
The love and affection he gets in his native , encourages him to see those people again and again which he miss in city.I heard him, then we bid bye and continued to our destinations. While returning home , I try recalling, when was the last time , I saw my grandparents..couple of years ago. I guess in some family wedding..we rarely visit our village , it’s too hot there in summers, but still , its pleasure to be there..we have long big gardens..and a big multistoried house , all airy and spacious, the breeze blows refreshing us ..lot of free space to ran around ..the neighbors are also friendly and always give me something to eat , whenever I visit them.
Thinking about grandparents place , didn’t noticed, when I reached my home. Saw the door locked. Might be mom is not home from office yet, neither daddy.
Thought to check with next door neighbor, about keys. But didn’t remember last time when I spoke with them. I sat down at stairs near my door waiting for my parents to come..In some time, saw someone came , opened his house door and got in ..even he saw me but didn’t smiled ..I started climbing stairs, then got down to ground floor through elevator , roamed a bit , then again went to my home to see whether parents back..with a relief , door opened when rang the bell. Got in the house..told mom about all happened, she was sorry , got delayed due to traffic and I suffered..then my father came home, mom told about the incident to him as well..both were sorry and with a promise to be on time , we had our dinner.
Next day being a Sunday , every one was home. We were chitchatting , watching TV. All of sudden I asked Mom, can we visit Grandparents this time in summer after exams. It came as a surprise to her. She was happy but was not convince. And with an assurance to see to it,she continued her stuff.
After recalling nice time spend in Grandparents place, was all that was in my mind since..with all my friends in school , I started talking about their experience in their native and like wise..
Few days past, then weeks. But mom didn’t said or talked again about visit to grand parents. One night while eating dinner , I asked again her. My father was not aware of my wish till now. She told him about our discussion visiting grand parents. They were bit concerned for high temperature and all. But for my sake , they told, if I perform very well in my exams , they will take me their. I also know , what a trump card they played, as I was mostly a naughty child , with less interest in studies and my score card was no extra ordinary.
But with their assurance , I got a target to perform well in exam , so that I can visit grand parents and recall my memories once again..still it was 1.5 months for exams, I started paying attentions to my studies ..my mom was bit surprised with my behavior. Time passed,we had exams. Results declared and we got our most awaited vacations. My parents were bit surprised with my result. An average student had performed beyond expectations. I was happy on my part,but the crucial part was now. How to make them agree to take me to native this time , instead of some unexplored place. Again on dinning table , I kept my score card in center and a note with “PLEASE”.
This time , don’t know what happened , my mom melted. She at once declared our visit to native. Both Mom and daddy seems to be happy. Dad called up grandpa and informed them about our plan. All happy and asked us to visit whenever we want. I notice , our trip was not decided by availability of hotel rooms, tickets this time. We were welcome to visit them . I felt nice and started comparing it with my other trips , where we have to travel as per availability of hotel rooms, tickets , weather conditions etc. Anyways , I was on cloud nine. Mom bought gifts for everyone for native. It was a surprise for me , as she never buy gifts when we went on vacations. I asked her ..why so this time..she sayed loving me, this time we are not going to meet strangers. We are going to meet our “FAMILY”.That word just freezed in my mind. I was super excited. Then finally the day came when we have to start for my most awaited vacation.
As we travelled, though it was getting hot , but I can see the relax on my parents face..they were talking about the time they spend in native and so on..finally we reached grandparents place, we were welcomed and every one, be relatives , neighbors were treating me as their own son..i was liking all this..days passed we spend a very good time, we roamed, went to see other relatives, outing , whole family-10-12 people altogether ..it’s being fun when in group..finally the day arrived , when we have to say good bye to them and be back to city.I saw my mom had tears in her eyes leaving them..everyone was hugging my parents and me , and asking us to visit often..finally with lots of love , praise, gifts , we started from there..while returning , I again noticed , parents were discussing about native only..for few days native, relatives, grandparents were the topics of our discussion and we were cherishing our visit..
Days passed, I just asked my Dad, why didn’t we visit them often..my daddy was speechless, so was my mom.I never saw any fight or can’t find any reason, why we were not visiting them till now regularly.My mom broke silence. she replied , often , we underestimate our precious belongings and are after temporary materialists things only.Every year , we were just spending lot of money,time,energy in exploring new places but were missing the treasure of our life..family time..
Listening all these don’t know, how come , daddy declared , now on wards , we will be paying visit to native regularly and will see family often..also , will accompany them in our trips going forward. This time , I was speechless..i was so happy , and was not getting words to express it…as if i found my real treasure..