All your love #shortstory

Most stories of young women have them dreaming about marriage and ‘happily ever after’.  But is it really so all the time?  I see many people going in for divorces with much more alarming frequency.  In India,  divorce is still taboo though it will not remain so for long.  Though the numbers are increasing,  I am still glad people are realising they have an option out of a bad marriage, instead of bearing the abuse for years.  My only wish is that parents are more accepting of their daughters’ decisions and be their pillar of strength at such times.  All they need is your love,  nothing else.  Linking this short story to Friday Reflections for the prompt “Use this quote to inspire your post or within it: “Most people need love and acceptance a lot more than they need advice”. – Bob Goff”

Ruchi stared into space as her mother went about in the kitchen.  Keeping the pots in place,  wiping the platform,  arranging the spoons,  she was in constant motion.  But she was also saying something.  Ruchi did not follow her.  She just stared and saw her mother speaking, her lips moving, no sound.  As if she was behind a glass screen.

‘A girl’s home is with her husband.  You young girls have got all big ideas into your head now.  A small thing and you rush home to amma and papa.  You think we did not have our share of troubles.  And we even lived in a joint family.  Look at you.  It is just the two of you,’ her mother droned on.

How many times her mother had repeated this?  But she does not know the truth.  They cannot handle the truth.

But she was adamant on not going back to her husband of three months.  Was it only three months?  It felt like a lifetime.  Life has changed beyond any recognition.  Many times she wished, there was someone else staying with them, maybe his parents.  They would have helped him understand.  But, here they are blaming her for not adjusting.

‘Amma,’ she said, ‘I cannot go back.  Please understand.’

‘Tell us what is the problem.  We can talk to his parents,’ said her mother.

Ruchi stopped her mother’s hands in motion and held them together, ‘No amma.  Believe me, I have done my best.’

Her mother stopped, taking it all in a moment of clarity.  She hugged Ruchi and said, ‘As you wish.’

Ruchi broke down in heavy sobs, her body shaking as she held on to her mother and cried away the pain.

Living my Imperfect Life

33 thoughts on “All your love #shortstory

  1. It takes so much effort to only speak your heart sometimes. Very touching Lata.

  2. I appreciate that the mother accepted her child’s decision, no questions asked! We need more such understanding parents. In a failed marriage there is always more pressure on the girl. We as a society need to change that.

  3. I am so glad the Mom understood. I know many real life situations where the girl is forced to go back. It’s such a sad and helpless situation.

  4. Interesting premise there, Lata.
    What we usually see are the parents desperately trying to patch it all back together. Divorce shouldn’t be a taboo subject

  5. In the United States, we would like to think we have moved on from divorce being forbidden. But even now, some parents will send back a daughter they know is being abused and not shelter her. And, while all of our 50 states now permit divorce (and have for years), three states allow a type of marriage called covenant marriages, which greatly limit the right of divorce. I wonder how many women who enter these enter from truly free will.

    1. Thanks Alana for bringing in this different perspective. In India, divorce is a bad word and we have many women committing suicides as they have no where to go and this is not only the illiterate or jobless ones. Things are changing but it will take its time. Hopefully, the woman will find her voice.

  6. In our country, a women’s status is linked to her being married.. of course things are changing like the mom in this story… but the percentage is really low… Marriage is a part of life, and not life itself.

    1. The sooner this is realised the better. Meanwhile news from family pours in about a teenager studying engineering tying the knot. I would have really loved the teenager to find her own wings, fly about a bit. But, being raised with the sole objective of getting married, nothing much can be done.

  7. When people choose to split, many times it so happens that others want to understand the problem and give their 2 cents on adjustments and life. Whereas it is always best to part ways if two people find it difficult to adjust. Nicely told, Lata.

  8. That is sad. Parents shouldn’t jump into conclusions when things don’t work out that it is because the daughters don’t try enough. True as it is, sometimes advices hardly help, while love and acceptance can be soothing enough to heal. An apt story to the quote. 🙂

  9. Most of the times parents compare their life changes with their children. What they fail to realize is that there is a minimum to two decades between them. Problems, issues cannot be what they faced. Children need more acceptance. Great call out Lata.

    1. Sunita, did not want to tell what the problem is. but more than the people involved, parents are putting undue pressure resulting in suicides.

  10. That was a lovely story Lata. Sometimes parents have to trust their children’s decision and accept them. Sometimes children just need support unconditionally.

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