K for Kind mother or unkind MIL #AtoZChallenge
Mala and Srilata were having a good time that afternoon. They had met each other after many years so they were eager to share stories from their world.
Srilata was now in a listening mood and she knew that Mala was also not getting late. After all, her son and daughter were settled in other cities and were happy with their married lives.
Mala was also eager to share how her son married a girl from his college she did not approve of yet has now come to terms with the fact that her daughter-in-law is an ambitious working woman.
“You know Srilata, my son has been a bit unlucky. He had a hard time finding a job in the times of recession. The company that made a pre-placement offer pulled back at the last-minute and it was such a disaster for the whole batch. I have not been against his marriage but he should have at least sought permission before committing to this girl. As parents, he owes that to us. Anyways all that for another day.
Can you imagine Richa, my daughter-in-law is such a lazy woman? She never takes care of the household, expects Rishabh to get food on his way back from work and on weekends, sleeps till late mornings to again head to a restaurant for breakfast. Sometimes, Rishabh ends up making breakfast if he is up early. I know she is a working woman but she could have managed her life better. She makes Rishabh cut vegetables and poor boy, he even ends up cooking when madam is late from work. My son, Rishabh does what she wants without complaining. I was a witness to all this when I visited them last summer.”
Srilata nodded though she did not see as many faults as Mala did. Afterall, Richa was a successful woman and delegating chores to others who can manage well is not a big deal. Husband and wife are together in managing a household and making it a home.
Mala went on to add,
“Not everyone is as lucky as my daughter, Supriti. Her husband just dotes on her. When she comes back from work, he ensures that there is food. They lead a comfortable life and on Sundays, Supriti has no rush to get going. Vivek sometimes serves her breakfast in the bed. Can you believe that? How much he loves her.
Not just that, weekends they watch movies and shop groceries, cut vegetables together and store them so that Vivek can cook if he comes early from work. He keeps her so happy that she manages both work and home so well. I was a witness to all this when I visited them last fall.”
For Srilata, this was the end of their conversation. She had already shut off. She was seeing a different face of the kind and broad-minded person Mala used to be. Srilata knew this is why most MILs and DILs never have a good rapport. Being kind doesn’t come easily to many people.
I am participating in the A To Z Challenge for the third time this year and I am penning Stories from everyday life.