I vividly remember, the year was 2006, the 3rd of August, the most satisfying day of my life. My husband, son and myself were seated in his college campus to pay his admission fees. We were a little impatient since the offroom hadn’t opened yet. I was particularly upset with the entire episode, since I neither prefered the institution nor the course it offered. Invariably a gloomy mood took upon us, as we sat there exchanging monosyllables.
We however noticed a family of three, who had also come for their daughter’s admission. They were seated in the adjacent bench, and were frantically trying to reach out to somebody over phone. I overheard the father saying that the delay in functioning of the office was an advantage to them, which in turn irritated me.
A little later their son, who had been away for about forty minutes joined them with some disturbing news. The daughter, who was the candidate started crying profusely. The father and son duo tried to convince her about something that I couldn’t make sense of. Considering social etiquette, we until then did not interfere, but my husband had a feeling that it could be about money. He asked me me to intrude.
As it goes, the father was trying hard to convince the girl to opt out of the college admission, since he did not have enough funds to pay the fees. The brothers attempt to borrow funds from elsewhere too had failed. Being a government college, I have to mention that the fee was meagre and the girl had a merit seat at that.
We offered to pay her admission and the tution fees for the entire course duration. I sincerely thanked the universe for giving us an opportunity to help someone in dire need. We gladly kept our commitment over the next four years. Today, the young woman is a smart civil engineer placed in a government organisation, happily married, and the mother of a child.
There is nothing more to life than making others happy. I’m tempted to share here that my Mother-in-law does it full time!
Support a young child’s education, it’s the way to bring lasting change in the society.