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  • Writer's pictureanjali mohapatra

The stepping stones!

One day, a child told his mother, ‘Mom, today is not a good day.’

His mother was surprised at his statement and instantly asked, ‘Why? What happened, dear?’

He said, ‘While coming home, I fell down the staircase and got hurt on my knee.’

His mom laughed and patted him fondly, ‘Oh, dear! It’s not the staircase’s fault. You should be careful and mind your step.’

Again after a few days, coming back from school, the boy said, ‘Mama, today is a bad day for me.’

Anxiously, his mother asked him, ‘Why so?’

The son replied, ‘Well, I wrote everything, but my teacher gave me 20 marks in history, out of fifty! I am very upset.’

This time his mom said that he should be thankful to his teacher that she had not given 02! She nicely explained that he might not have given enough effort to the subject for which he got fewer marks. At the same time, she assured him that he should focus on the topics, not the marks.

The boy was surprised at his mother’s cool, gentle attitude! He assumed it was the other way around! He stuttered, ‘Mom! Seriously!!! You didn’t get angry?’

She smiled at her son and said, ‘Yes, honey! Why should I get angry? Marks are not the real measuring yard for the child’s knowledge! Who knows, tomorrow you might be counted as one of the most talented people in some special thing!!!’

The boy smiled and ran away to play. The mother kept herself busy with her usual work.

A few days the boy had no complaint. Suddenly, one day he came back from school with a frowning face. His appearance seemed very unusual. He didn’t say a word to his mom. He just went to his bedroom, threw the bag on the table, and sprang on the bed putting his face down on the pillow. Perhaps he was crying. When his mother called him to have some food, he kept silent. Seeing a delayed response, his mom came to him and asked the reason for his upset mood. Once again, he said, ‘Today is the worst day for me.’ 

Moving her fingers on his head, the mother asked him very softly, ‘What happened, darling! Why is it a bad day again? Did you fight with someone? Did somebody say something bad about my son? Why are you so upset? Tell me I will solve your problem.’

Now the boy hugged his mom and grunted, ‘Mom, I fought with my best friend. He told me that he would not talk to me anymore. I didn’t do anything wrong mama, why would he stop his friendship with me? I have no one now! I would be all alone!’

His mother clutched him very close and in a supporting voice said, ‘Oh, dear! Who said that you are all alone? I am always with you. Don’t you know that I am your best friend! Your friend is a small kid like you. He never meant to cut the relationship with you. For a few days, he may continue his anger but everything would be ok. By the way, from tomorrow onwards, whenever you would see him, smile at him. Don’t get angry. No matter what he says, don’t react. Trust me, he will change his mind.’

The boy thought for a while, then nodded his head with acceptance, then happily went away to play! Perhaps, he was too young to understand his mother’s intellectual motive!

Well! Usually, a mother is defined universally as a kind-hearted, blindfolded woman towards her children forever! Nothing new about it. Thousands of mothers support their children even though they are well aware of their ward's mistakes! They blame others, without correcting their child! But here, this lady was a little different, who believed in the strong foundation of her child in the right direction! She wanted to convey the message to her son that instead of pointing fingers at others, he should correct himself and be careful in every moment! Maybe, this is called ‘the stepping stone’, which would strengthen the foundation of a child to be a better man in the future!! Undoubtedly, the mother’s role is extremely important for the transformation of the child’s personality, and she is the one and only person to build this stepping stone for her child although the surroundings are equally important for him!!!

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