Cleanliness without a broom and a dustpan is a myth'Ding Dong', the doorbell rings, on hearing so, Shubhra opens the door. Her son Sandip is at the door, and seeing his mother, he exultantly shows his trophy, which he has received as the Head Captain of the Blue House that got adjudged as the Best House for sanitation. Shubhra smiles and kisses her son's forehead and instantly gets transported to her school days some thirty-five years back.
Sandip notices that his mum is not her usual self and seems to be in another state of mind. He enquires about it then his mother smilingly says that history repeats itself. Her son fails to understand it, which the mother could easily observe. Shubhra asks Sandip to freshen up quickly, and then while he would have his food, she will explain everything in details. Sandip makes no fuss about it, and because of his curiosity, he quickly freshens up and sits for his lunch at the dining table.
Shubhra sits on another chair next to her son's and softly asks him what has he learned from winning the trophy for sanitation. Being too young, he has taken the win very casually. He replies gushingly that his House has won, which makes him immensely happy. His mother quietly tells him achievement should not be a matter of momentary happiness but must act as a lifelong lesson. Sandip stops eating and stares inquisitively at his mother. She enquires from her son that why she is so particular about keeping the home clean. Sandip gives a vacant look to his mother.
Shubhra travels back to that time when she was in tenth. She was the Head Captain of the Green House, which received the best House award for sanitation. She further added that every class had four Houses. Each week a particular House was responsible for cleaning the school. The teachers were in-charge of inspection, and they allotted points. Ultimate winning House was annually declared based on the total points of the whole year. Pauses for a while, she then continues that as the Head Captain, she had learnt a lot. About discipline, co-ordination, handling the various challenges, and also about the importance of sanitation.
Sandip reacted sweetly by uttering, 'same pinch', Mom. Shubhra smilingly said, 'thank you,' Son. You know, she says, children learn from home and school both because they spend most of the time in these places. My family emphasized a lot about cleaning and my school too in a fun-filled competitive touch. You are going through the same phase, isn't it, son? Sandip nodded affirmatively.
The proverb, 'cleanliness is next to godliness' emphasizes keeping every place spick and span, utters Shubhra. Sandip, you see a pair of things, which we usually put in hiding, are essential items to tidy any place. Yes, Mom, said Sandip, the set of a broomstick and a dustpan has no match. The mother and son duo gratefully exclaims that cleanliness drive would go for a toss without the pair of a broomstick and a dustpan.
Selected the photo by Neeru Bhatt
Entry to the photo challenge contest part 2