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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

The Dead Child

A boy was born to a couple after 11 years of marriage. They were a loving couple and the boy was the apple of their eyes.
When the boy was around two years old, one morning the husband saw an open bottle of medicine on the table. He was late for work so he asked the wife to cap the bottle and keep it in the cupboard. The mother, preoccupied in the kitchen, totally forgot about her husband's request.

The boy saw the bottle and playfully went to the bottle. Fascinated with its colour, he drank the entire content of the bottle in a few gulps. It happened to be the Oil of Wintergreen, which is particularly hazardous to children because of its pleasant smell. It tempts toddlers to ingest it, but one teaspoon of oil of wintergreen is the equivalent of nearly 90 baby aspirins - a life-threatening dose for a toddler or child poisonous medicine meant for adults in small dosages.

When the child eventually collapsed, the mother hurried him to the hospital, where he died. The mother was stunned. She was terrified of how to face her husband.

When the distraught father came to the hospital and saw the dead child, he looked at his wife and uttered just four words.

What do you think were the four words?

The husband just said, "I Love You Darling." he was badly hurt beyond words could describe but he said these four words to his wife.

Moral of the Story

The husband's totally unexpected reaction is proactive behaviour. 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 wouldn't have happened. No point in attaching blame. She had also lost her only child. What she needed at that moment was consolation and sympathy from the husband. That is what he gave her.

Sometimes we spend time asking who is responsible or who to blame, whether in a relationship, in a job or with the people we know. We miss out some warmth in our relationship with others.

After all, forgiving someone we love should be one the easiest things in the world to do?

Take off all your envy jealousy, unwillingness to forgive, selfishness, and fears and you will find things are actually not as difficult as you think they are.

If you were the husband, what would you have done upon arriving at the hospital?

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  1. It's extremely hard o but you're right sha. Screaming and shouting will not bring their baby back.

    1. Thanks for writing in Dear Anonymous reader. It's okay to express emotions but we must remember that they will not resurrect loved ones who are gone.

  2. Well, the damage has been done. Such a sad one.

    1. Thanks for the comment. We appreciate the lines.

  3. Uhmmm it hurts but forgive n forget the key to a lasting relationship


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