Poverty

Poverty

Poverty had taken a toll on her

She had lost her family in an accident years ago 

With all her money and savings exhausted

and no family to support her, she was all alone and helpless

The septuagenarian could have gained people's sympathy and ask them for help

She could easily get money by just keeping a bowl next to her

"I will die a respectable death but not beg," she would keep reminding herself

She decided to work as a maid in nearby houses

"We can't give you the job as you are old."

" You won't be able to do justice to the work."

"Why do you want to work? Just sit somewhere and beg. That would be so much easier for you."

The responses she got from people was disheartening

Finally, Sheetal agreed to keep the elderly woman as a house-help

not that she didn't mind letting elderly woman work in her house but because she wanted to preserve her self respect

In fact, she very much wanted to help her by giving out some money

but she wanted the poor lady to live with her head held high

Poverty couldn't break her indomitable spirit

and she continued to work till her soul finally flew to heaven.


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