2-The Loving Husband
A boy was born to a couple after eleven years of marriage. They were a loving couple and the boy was the gem of their eyes.
When the boy was about two years old, one morning the husband saw a medicine bottle open. He was late for office so he asked his wife to cap the bottle and keep it in the cupboard. His wife, preoccupied in her kitchen affairs totally forgot the matter.
The boy saw the bottle and playfully went to the bottle fascinated by its color and drank its liquid. It happened to be a poisonous medicine meant for adults in small dosages. In a short while the child collapsed and the mother hurried him to the hospital, where he died shortly. The mother was stunned. She was terrified as how she will face her husband.
When the distraught father came to the hospital and saw the dead child, he looked at his wife and uttered just five words. What were the five words? The husband just said "I am with you Darling".
The husband's totally unexpected reaction is a proactive behavior. The child is dead. He can never be brought back to life. There is no point in finding fault with the mother. Besides, if only he had taken time to keep the bottle away, this would not have happened. No one is to be blamed.
She had also lost her only child because of her mistake, and he also lost his child because of his mistake. Both were at mistake, but the wife's mistake was more serious. Still what was the use of blaming each other at that time when the thing has already happened and cannot be brought back? What she needed at that moment was only consolation and sympathy from the husband. That is what he should have given her and he gave her.
Created by Sushma Gupta on May 27, 2001
Modified on 10/02/13