It takes so little to make people happy. ‘Just a touch if we know how to give it, just a word fairly spoken, a slight readjustment of some pin or bolt or bearing in the delicate machinery of the soul’ – this quote had been on my study table through my school and college life but the real meaning of it dawned on me, a month ago.
My house help, a tall, beautiful woman, and I share our morning breakfast with a cup of tea and parantha every day without fail. She pours her heart out during this little time that we share, where she feels herself to be at utmost ease. My birthday was around the corner, and I asked her, just out of curiosity, “When is your birthday, Janki didi?”
She replied, “Who would care to remember my birthday? Neither my parents nor anyone from the family; and who bothers to celebrate me anyway”. This touched me deep down, and I immediately ordered a piece of jewellery that she always mentioned that she would love to wear. I wrapped it and gave it to her on my birthday this July.
Utterly surprised, she asked me, “It’s your birthday. Why are you giving me a gift?” I said that from this day we would celebrate our birthdays on the same day. I thanked her for all the love, care, and affection she had given to my family and me. The moment she opened the gift, she was overjoyed. Her happiness and the look on her face was priceless. It was my best birthday gift ever, gifting someone a smile.
The smile on the face of a loved one is the best gift one can recieve.
~ Poonam patnia