Parent’s understanding is the biggest giftRuhi was the only child in a middle-class family of Mr. and Mrs. Sharma in Ahmedabad. Although Ruhi was in 11th standard, she was very much pampered by her grandmother, who was staying with them only. Her grandmother used to prepare a variety of Parathas for her. Mrs. Sharma was a tutor and Mr. Sharma was a clerk in a bank. Both of them were having dreams to make their daughter a doctor and Ruhi never said anything against it. Things were going smoothly till the grandmother died of a sudden illness. Ruhi was completely broken and was missing her grandmother and her tasty Parathas a lot. One day while cleaning her room, she found a very old diary titled "Parathon ka Khazana". She opened it and found that her grandmother has written all her recipes in that diary. She now wanted to prepare Parathas following the recipes of her grandmother but she knew that her mother won't allow her to cook as she wanted her to study really hard to become a successful doctor. So Ruhi decided to try cooking at the night.
The next day, Mrs. Sharma found the kitchen messed up with flour and other things. The Roller board and pin were also not in place. She asked Ruhi about the same in anger and Ruhi admitted her actions. Her mother scolded her for wasting her time in the kitchen. Ruhi then shared about her wish to learn to prepare different types of Parathas just like her grandmother. This made her mother infuriated. She called Mr. Sharma to complain about Ruhi's wish. Mr. Sharma was getting late for the office so, she asked Mrs. Sharma to prepare breakfast and assured her that he will talk to Ruhi about the same.
In the evening, when Mr. Sharma reached back home, Mrs. Sharma was taking tuitions and Ruhi was studying in her room. He went to Ruhi's room and discussed the matter tenderly. Ruhi expressed her true wish to learn to prepare parathas. She said that she will manage her studies along with learning cooking and promised her father to score well. Mr. Sharma observed her confidence in her eyes and pampered her saying, "Yes dear, do whatever you feel like doing, we will always support you." He convinced her wife in the night to support her daughter. Her mother realized that she was extra strict on Ruhi and should give her some space for what she wants to do.
The next day when Ruhi came back from school, she found a gift on her table in her room. She surprisingly took it and opened it. Her eyes were wide open after finding a beautiful pair of roller board and pin in the gift box. She immediately ran towards her mother and hugged her tightly. Although she was happy that her parents understood her wish, her eyes were in pain of missing her grandmother.
1, I used the photo posted by Dr. Deepali.
2. This my entry for the Photo challenge creative writing contest - Part 2