Her bright smile lights up my house every time she walks in. Her sparkly eyes and spritely nature has often helped lift my spirits.
Her name is Nazmin, a young girl who cleans houses to help her mother support the family. Her father is not of much help. Every now and then Nazmin also sweeps my mind clean of useless and even ungrateful thoughts. This story is from one such day.
Nazmin was chirpier than usual (she loves talking). I was cleaning my wardrobe since it was a Sunday and all my clothes were out on the bed. She stood next to me for a bit, with the broom in her hand, grinning at my sarees. “I am getting a lehenga made Di and also two new kurtis,” she exclaimed. She was excited about a family get-together and was working extra hours to collect money for her new clothes. I remember thinking it must cost her a couple of thousand rupees at least. “They are at the tailor,” she continued. “But since it is going to cost me at least 500/- rupees to pay for them, I need time to collect the money. I’ll manage by the end of this month for sure,” she said and sprung back into action with her broom.
I looked at her in amazement. I had just finished the budget for the month. All debts were paid, needs taken care of, and there was a decent sum in the entertainment fund, which was for family dine outs and toys for my son. And here I was frowning at the five-digit figure which to me appeared tiny. And here was this frail girl was working hard for what seemed, with the Lord’s grace, such a small amount!
We recognise our abundance when we look at it from another perspective.