Few days ago I have been in my hometown, went as routine visit from my workplace. Time is really fast when you spent it with your dearest person. I could not even imagine how 10 days passed just like 10 minutes.
Anyway, one evening my mom told that she has one marriage invitation from our neighbor village on this evening and started preparation to attend.
When she came back from marriage ceremony I was watching TV by sitting on sofa. I casually asked, whose marriage it was? Mom replied, it is the marriage of her friend’s house (I personally don’t know her but hear her name many times in time of conversation with mother). Mon started to tell how she became mate with her and why she respect and value to my mom!
It’s been very early when her husband passed away by leaving few kids along with her. She has no Idea to manage her and sons life. She took maid’s job and started to earn their living which was not really sufficient. Just to secure food for same day, she accepted hard work in a brick factory where physically strong people normally deny to work due to heavy labor.
In spite of being illiterate, she has great desire that her son will get good education. It seems that education is nothing but there day dream.
She decided, “I don’t have enough resource to educate all of my children but can educate one among them”. Now, the question is, to whom to choose? She found that, the youngest one has real interest in education. She send him in a nearest Government school.
Situation became worst, now a large part of earning started to go behind his education (though government school is free, but there is expenditure of private tuition and education materials). To collect additional money she started begging door to door.
Once she came to our house too. My mother asked, why she is begging (casually! just to know the reason). She replied, she wish “AT LEAST ONE OF HER SON WILL BE EDUCATED” and for sake of it, she started begging.
My mother got surprised (me too! when, I hear from my mother). Mother gave few books (English grammar etc., as my father is teacher of English subject and used to get book in free as specimen copy) copy/note of mine and get her promise that “In any situation , she will not stop her son’s education”.
She said Didi ! (Elder sister in Bengali, she used to call my mom like this) I faced that day, when alms is not enough for all family member, I distributed rice of my part among my children and drunk water at night. If I can handle this situation, I can handle any situation.
What is great sacrifice! Yes, she kept her promise, she never stopped her son’s education. Today her son became teacher of a government school and and and…? Yes, my mother just return by attending his marriage.
I asked, how the bride looks like. Replied: very nice... hahhah...