As dawn broke, Murthy & Veda went about their routine but one could discern certain enthusiasm, some cheer in their step today. Today was their 50thWedding Anniversary.
With the children having settled abroad, and unable to manage on their own they had moved to an old age home. Initially, the children used to call frequently but this gradually tapered off to an occasional call much to the chagrin of Veda though Murthy took it in his stride. Veda hoped that they would at least call on this golden jubilee day to greet them and decided to remain near the telephone. It was a mother’s heart yearning for a show of affection.
Meanwhile, Sudeesh, manager of the old age home requested them to come to the prayer hall. At the hall, they were greeted by all the other inmates who had organized a special pooja for the couple followed by a hearty breakfast that included the couples favourite food. This show of affection overwhelmed the couple but Veda still had a heavy heart. She yearned to hear from her kids.
While Murthy recounted to the gathering his early days with Veda and the ups down of their life, Veda on the other hand wished to stay by the telephone. Every time the telephone rang she lifted it with great hope of a call from her children only to find it is someone else wishing her During lunch Sudeesh, requested all the inmates to be prepared for an outing around 4 o’clock. Post lunch, Murthy persuaded Veda to rest and advised her not to have much expectations. He said that expectations only cause disappointment. Veda reconciled herself to the predicament.
Taking a rather detached and charitable view, Murthy felt that there presumably were other pressing priorities in life for the kids than just being with or wishing them on this day. Veda initially declined to go with the group for the outing, but relented when Sudeesh insisted.
At 4 O’clock, Veda and Murthy along with Sudeesh and other inmates set out, everyone was curious to know where they were heading to, but Sudeesh pretended to be busy and did not respond.
The bus stopped before what appeared to be a convention hall. All the other inmates were thrilled on realizing the purpose. But Veda and Murthy were so disheartened that they failed to observe the venue or the bus stopping.
When they disembarked, they were totally amazed and astonished to see their children, grandchildren and many relatives waiting to greet and wish them. Joy knew no bounds for Veda and Murthy, when they all hugged the couple, paid their obeisance and showered them with innumerable gifts.. Veda felt that she was hasty in her assessment when she realized that the children wished to give them a pleasant surprise.
The children had organized a splendid get together which included a small pooja, sumptuous dinner but the icing on the cake was the speech given by their eldest son, where he recounted the sacrifices made by his parents to bring them up and acknowledged that today if they held prominent positions, it was solely due to them. He concluded saying