What’s really important?

This afternoon, after a crazily busy month, I finally got some free time. I lazily flipped through the hundreds of TV channels that never seem to stop churning out programs.

I finally decided to watch a movie. The channel I watched was playing a blockbuster Bollywood film from the eighties. And this movie triggered memories about an incident that happened during my childhood.

In the small town, where I grew up, we had a club house that screened movies, every weekend, for its members.

Our slot was on Saturday evenings at 5.30 p.m. The movies screened were usually blockbusters or those that had won critical acclaim. So, Saturday evenings were quite exciting.

On one such Saturday, my sisters and I were on pins to watch the movie being screened, as it had been released just a few weeks ago, and was a huge hit at the box office.

We were ready from 3.30 p.m.,waiting for my parents to finish their chores, and get ready. At around 4.15 p.m., the door bell chimed.

We had visitors. Two of my grandma’s friends had decided to pay grandma, and all of us, a surprise visit.

Those were the days, when social networking was actually done in person! So people just dropped in unannounced, and were welcomed with joy and fanfare.

My grandma was visibly excited. So were my parents.

I also have to tell you that my grandma & mom were life members of the ‘Whoever visits our home will not leave without a heavy meal’ Club.

So, as my grandma caught up with her buddies, the aroma of filter coffee, masala dosa, and rava kesari, wafted in the air.

My sisters and I were really down. The movie….? The clock was merrily ticking away, fast approaching 5 p.m. The club house was a 7 minute walk or a 4 minute run, so there was still some hope.

We were in our room, feeling sorry and worried. At 5.10, we quietly slipped into the kitchen to ask mom if we could leave, as grandma could keep her friends engaged till we came back.

I will never forget what my mom told us. Our ears rang as we slunk back to our room.

She said, “There are some things in life that are very important. Whenever guests come home, they take precedence over everything else. Our priority is to be good hosts and feed them well. This movie that you want to see, will be there forever. When you grow old, or retire, you can sit and watch it anytime. Now, go to your room and play a board game, I will bring something for you to eat.”

That was an important lesson. The simple joys of being with loving friends, and all the camaraderie that goes with it.

At that point in time, my sisters and I moped and sulked; Mom’s lesson totally lost in our sorrow.

But what an important lesson!

We never got to watch that movie after that, but funnily, this is the very same movie that I watched this afternoon, just as my mom predicted – when I had all the time.

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33 Responses to What’s really important?

  1. Arpita says:

    Sometimes while reading your blog I wonder if my life was really un-happening at all times or I wasn’t paying enough attention to the small blissful things in Life. Wonderful piece! ๐Ÿ™‚ By the way, which movie was it?

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  2. If only some of us would leave our phones long enough to look at the person in front of their faces.

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  3. Beautiful as always:) whenever I come in wordpress, I hardly miss ur writing, good job

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  4. I enjoyed the read. very nice ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. What a wonderful life lesson! Have a terrific weekend, be it watching movies or living life with friends and relatives. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Erika Kind says:

    The rules seemed to be very strict though!

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  7. Sastha says:

    I saw that movie twice – HPF Club House (just to make you jealous). Nice write up, Nimmi! ๐Ÿ™‚


  8. Mom’s words always come back to us some way or other. This has happened with me too when I had to give up a movie because guests had come. But really love those days when there were surprise visits.

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  9. A beautiful reminder of Mother’s wisdom Nimi.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

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  10. kimboxin says:

    Mother knows best. This was such a touching post. Can’t wait to read through your blog!


  11. Aadhirai says:

    I get that advice all the time.. Entertainment is a back seater to life’s needs… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    She taught us how and what to prioritise in life that way.. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    No regrets now though.. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Adrian B says:

    Very wise woman, your mother, respect for people is the most important.

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  13. andeepak says:

    As kids our priorities are different. BTW sadly my dad was not a member, he always felt as kids we should play rather than watch movies ๐Ÿ™‚


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