Second child's first school geometry boxRamya and Vidya were sisters from a middle class family. Vidya was 3 years younger than Ramya. They were close and lovable to each other. In their family, they had a principle of not buying new things, when the old one is in good condition. They also preserved things in good condition for future use. Similarly, they saved Ramya's used things for Vidya. Ramya being the eldest got everything new. Vidya accepted whatever she received. She did not question when she was given new or used. But sometimes, she felt her heart heavy while going to school riding her sister's bicycle, wearing her sister's uniform, school bag , shoes etc. Still she stayed calm.
When Ramya and Vidya were promoted to 9th and 6th grade respectively. Both were using the same school bag, lunch boxes, pencil box, water bottle etc that they were using the previous year. Since Vidya was moved to 6th grade, she wanted a geometry box. So, their parents bought a new geometry box. As always the newer one glowed shiny. Ramya wished to take the new one and pass her used geometry box to Vidya. She did not request for it, she just took away the new one and gave the old one to Vidya.
Vidya stayed calm and looked at her parents. Their parents were shocked. They never expected this behaviour from Ramya. When asked for an explanation, Ramya told them that was their family practice. "New one was for the eldest and old one for the youngest". Her words were hurting to all in the family. Then Vidya with eyes full of tears confessed, "I did not demand for new things in order to lighten my parents' burden. Also, I have a feeling that my sister was being loved more than me". Then after looking at her sister's face Vidya added, "if it is a practice of this house to give newest to the eldest, I accept the older one".
Parents melted to her words. They calmed themselves down and sat with their children. Then the father said, "We have a practice of giving used things that are in good condition to the youngest, not because we are not affordable to buy new things, but to make use of the old one. We believed that our brilliant children understood that. It is okay, our assumptions led to a greater misunderstanding in this house. Thank God, a Geometry box brought clarity in our brain box. We love both of you, the money we spend on each other does not determine the love and care we have for you. Hope you understand." Ramya and Vidya nodded.
Seeing the brightness in their children's faces, Mom asked,"So, who is going to take the new geometry box?" Ramya with a big smile on her face handed over the new geometry box to VIdya. Vidya rushed to her school bag with a light and happy heart.
The next day, Vidya did not feel anything odd in using her sister's used things. Now she started having special love for the things that belonged to her. She no longer sees them as sister's things but as her own. The new geometry box in her bag made a magic of changing everything new in her eyes.
My entry to this contest. A school box - creative writing contest