17 January 2008

A long while back I had a written a post about two women, both economically backward, who had been given a hard time by their menfolk. Now I want to post about a man who is the antithesis of their menfolk.
He--let us call him N--is a gardener and general odd job man and must be in his early 70s. He and his wife have no children. Around 5 years ago, his wife suffered a stroke. Apparently she is somewhat paralysed on her right side. Now it is N who takes care of her with the help of his neighbours. For a while immediately after her stroke, he could not come to work at all. As he is a hard working gardener, even in his own home and has a green thumb (I've yet to see a plant that he has planted/replanted, die), he managed to get by, eventually selling a small piece of land near his house too. Now he comes to work only 3 or 4 days a week because he says he can't always depend on his neighbours to take care of his wife. He helps her bathe, cooks the food for her and leaves it in such a way that she can reach for it when she is alone, and then goes back and cleans up. Till his wife had her stroke, he was nothing extraordinary and spending some of his daily wages on a stiff drink on his way home from work. But now he hurries home after work. Kudos to N and many other such unsung heroes.

5 comments:

Shari said...

You don't see too much of that. Maybe there are some around here, but I'm in the wrong company. Too many guys hit the bar after work to "unwind". Wives are expected to do the major childcare. When men watch their kids, it's "babysitting". Thanks for sharing this story. There are men out there who can change or take care of things around the house.

Geets said...

Very touching, indeed! God bless him! Thanks for sharing the story.

Moanna said...

This is really nice to hear. Unusual, I think.

eve's lungs said...

I find its more the association with an object than the object itself which makes the object per se meaningful. That was the analogy young Ana wanted to draw . She's a wise young lady .

Dotm said...

It is stories like this one that show the love and care often given without expecting much in return. Love gives so much that others seldom see. This story shows how deep and strong true love can be.
Thanks for sharing it.