Daily Prompt : Suddenly

In response to prompt : Suddenly

Our Unexpected Guest!

One morning suddenly I heard a knock on our door, I wondered who was knocking the door, this early, I opened the door, to my surprise I found my aunt with her five kids smiling at me. I tried to understand how could she come so fast from India.

Then my sixth sense alerted me it took her as much time to arrive at our doorstep as will someone else. What happened was they made their decision to come, but failed to let us know that they’re coming. A courteous family wouldn’t do this.

But my aunt thought : I’m going to visit my sister’s place, I don’t have to let her know in advance?

The problem was my mom was out of town, I was in the house with my younger siblings and older brother, who was busy with his newly married wife.

I was responsible for cooking, and feeding my siblings. It was a chore thrust upon me. At 15 it was a huge responsibility for me. Adding another family of five kids was not something I asked for.

I remember I spent all  my waking  time catering to the needs of my siblings and on top of that an aunt who perhaps had no idea about cooking for a family. She liked eating and sitting on the bed and ordering her eldest one.

She unexpectedly arrived and took it for granted that I must be ready ‘at her beck and call.’

I compared her with my mom, she was not like my other, in fact she was the exact opposite, she was lazy, all she did was sit around and make others run around keeping her happy.

Each morning I prayed for my mom to come  home, I was tired of looking after her lazy sister and family.

When mom finally came back, I was happy to hand over the kitchen back to her!

…………………………. 🙂

6 thoughts on “Daily Prompt : Suddenly

  1. Dear Ranu,

    Your nice post reminds us that there are many reasons to be grateful for our mothers :).

    All good wishes,

    robert

    • Thank you. Yes I did, my aunt did not inherit the qualities like my mother did. She seemed at that time the sixth child at my disposal to take care of, this was in addition to my own siblings my aunt’s children and my newly wed eldest brother, who did nothing to help but think about the wife who was way older than me.
      All I had was a servant who did not contribute much.
      When I think back of those days I give myself a pat on my back for this massive accomplishment when I was just fifteen years old. Now I know why my Dad said on occasions, ‘Ranu can do it.’ 🙂

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