Daily Post, Daily Prompt: Trading Places

I cannot recall ever wondering, what it would be like to be a member of the opposite sex for a day. I grew up with several brothers. I was not very thrilled to watch, how each one behaved. I thought to them it’s me first and forget about the rest.Then the time came when my eldest brother  tied the knot. It was dreadful ,he gave us the impression it was he and his better half and the rest of them can get lost. It was so unbearable,my eldest sister made me aware of the famous words,”A son is a son,till he gets a wife; a daughter is a daughter all her life”.

It is interesting to note that now I am given a chance to trade places. Life certainly will not be a ‘Bed of Roses’,I think. I’ll assume  to be the the eldest in the family. There will be constant nagging from the wife,complaining about the sisters,younger brothers and the mother-in-law. My mother is making her cook and do the dishes.My sisters do their own thing and ignores the wife. Mom is always reminding me of my responsibilities towards the family,because I am the eldest. I have to be more sympathetic towards  the spouse or she will make my life miserable. So if she complains about the sisters,immediately I’ll have to take them to task,to keep the wife happy.If she refuses to cook,I’ll have to volunteer to cook,to make her happy. Mom in the meantime will be watching, how I am doing as a son,brother,and a husband. I am not doing a good job.I am only trying to be nice to the spouse and in doing so I have made others angry.

By trading places I can visualize how difficult it is to maintain peace and tranquility in my domestic life. Just by writing this I have learned how difficult the life of a male member is. ‘Hey I am elated I do not have to deal with it daily.So dear brother I don’t want to be in your shoes.’

6 thoughts on “Daily Post, Daily Prompt: Trading Places

  1. Dear Ranu,

    Thank you for this post.

    Hazrat Amir Khusraw said, in a quatrain: “I am you and you are I.” Trading places, as you highlight, helps us to see from another’s perspective.

    All good wishes,

    robert

    • I joined the daily post,it helps me to write whatever topics they offer.
      I was skeptical about this one and almost thought of letting it go by,
      then I thought of my brother and imagined how tough it can be for him to fulfill his different roles
      especially the brother and the the son. I put myself in his place to find out how things would be if I were
      in his place.I used my own family to help me.
      Thank you Akhtar Bhai,its great to read your comment.

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