December 31, 2008



The husband presented a new car to his wife as her birthday present. He first handed over the keys; then a pouch with all necessary documents, including her driving license; and then followed it up with an elongated hug. He then offered to take care of the children and asked her to take a long drive. She thanked him with a kiss and she was gone with her Auto-Baby. Hardly a kilometer into the drive, she hit a median. She was safe, but the car was dented. She was consumed with guilt, What would I tell him? How would he take it? How will I face him? Thoughts and feelings ran amok. The police were quick to arrive at the accident scene. Can we see your license? they demanded. Her hands still shivering, she reached out to the pouch, which her husband had so thoughtfully given to her. Tears rolled down her cheeks. She thought, For all that he has been doing for me. As she picked the license from the pouch she noticed a post-on it with her husband’s handwriting, “Honey, in case of an accident, please remember, it is you that I love and not the car. Love you.”
A scratch in the car makes our blood pressure go up.. but we don't seem to mind a scratch in our heart.
I know of another person who gave a party because his Mercedes Benz was rammed and jammed in an accident. He explained, Though the car is completely damaged, nothing happened to me !. Now that I am okay I can buy another vehicle, but if the automobile was intact and I was gone it wouldn't have made much sense.
Our life began with the Rs 60 toy car. When it broke we cried. Then we upgraded ourselves to the Rs. 2000 remote controlled car. When that got damaged we wept. Then we were gifted the Rs. 20 ,000 battery operated car. When that stopped functioning we were depressed. Then came the Rs. 4 lakhs car;.. And every time something happened to this machine, whether a scratch or a dent, the mercury of our tensions and worries went up.
All in all, it seems our toys have grown, but we haven't !! 
For what we cry has changed, but the crying is still on. Just that our crying is a lot more sophisticated now. It has many new names like anger; disappointment, frustration, fear; nervousness, stress, melancholy, anxiety, etc…
Never again waste a drop of your precious tear for a toy, no matter how dear the toy may be! 
After all, you are the dearest of them all !!! 

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