365 Writing prompts: Sink or Swim
Tell us about a time when you were left on your own, to fend for yourself in an overwhelming situation— on the job, at home, at school. What was the outcome?
I remember once my mom went to see her sister-in-law out of town. My younger siblings and I were left to fend for ourselves, it would be fine if it was just us.
One fine morning my aunt and uncle arrived with their kids, mom was not at home, we had a servant who took care of getting groceries and cleaning the house.
I was barely fifteen, had no experience in cooking , I could do the simple stuff, but wasn’t good enough for company. My aunt was one of those people who was not fond of any kind of housework like cooking or cleaning, it was always done by her four daughters, they were younger than me.
My mom had no idea she had her house full of guests, she was having a grand time with her sister-in-law in the village.
I did the cooking, I’m not sure how good or bad it was , my aunt and her brood were satisfied as long as they didn’t have to cook.
My mom came back after a week, my aunt told my mother, ‘Ranu is a good cook!’
My mother and I knew it wasn’t true, but she was happy I was able to look after my aunt, uncle and their children.
I was nervous in the beginning but as days went by I became somewhat confident that no one will be sick eating what I served!