#Everyday Inspiration, Day Sixteen: Mine Your Own Material

Day Sixteen: Mine Your Own Material

The things we leave behind.

When we left Rawalpindi, I missed some people, not stuff. One was our dearest friend, the woman who sold us milk.

I always gabbed when she came, not thinking she had other places to go to deliver milk. If she ever found me quiet, she’d say, ‘Bibi are you unhappy with me?’

Next morning she’d bring me a cup of milk, ‘this is for you, are you happy now?

Then there was our gardener, who’d say, salaam bibi, if I didn’t respond, he’d give me a lecture, ‘salaam’ means peace be to you. One who wishes salaam and one who responds, gets one hundred rewards each.’

I was shy and didn’t know how to respond, he knew it.

Then there was the vegetable vendor, who once told my mom, the reason why Bari( servant) is late coming back with groceries because on his way to the stores , he takes a nap on the grounds of the race course.

Another time my mom didn’t want to buy any vegetables, the vendor came next morning and said, ‘Ma ji, yesterday I had a bad day, I couldn’t sell anything, because you’re the first one I come to and you did not buy my vegetables. So I had bad luck.’

I miss these people who were so sincere.

In Gander, Newfoundland, I miss my little pupil Ross, he always waited on the top of the street, to help me walk the icy place on our school compound. He wanted to protect me from falling.

Each one of the above were ready to help us in one way or the other. They are some people we met, whom I will not forget.

Material things can be bought, but we cannot buy what they did for us.

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Daily Prompts: If You Leave

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Life is a series of beginnings and endings.We leave one job to start another,we quit cities,countries or continents for a fresh start; we leave lovers and begin new relationships. What was the last thing you contemplated on leaving? What were the pros and cons? Have you made up your mind? What will you choose?

It seems to be the history of our life, we leave one city to go to another for jobs, education,and better life.

I’ve gone through all of these, now I feel I’ve accomplished everything. I needed a secure place to settle down. The decision was made jointly by my husband and I.

We realized our life of roaming around like a gypsy was over, we needed some stability. Our children were growing up, we needed to live in a city where higher studies was available for them. We’ve done the best we could, our kids were happy to be in a place where there was more than a supermarket. There were other means of entertainment.

We did not want our kids to study all day and sleep all night. As we are aware: “All work no play makes Jack a dull boy.”

We didn’t forget all the fingers in our hand are not the same size, likewise all our children will not do well in studies.

We were confronted with this problem, we had to be contented, knowing we did our best.

Then there was the subject of health, we needed to be in a city, where there were facilities to cope with any kind of health issue.

We were satisfied knowing the physicians were capable of handling major health issues.

We’ve therefore chosen to live in a city where everything is available, i.e, good schools, awesome restaurants, capable health care people and an efficient means of transportation!

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