Thursday, September 16, 2010

Drunken Driving

Drunken Driving

I am posting below a story which has done some rounds on the net, but still very touching. My neighbour Mr Srinivasan had suggested that I post this on my blog so that it reaches many people. Thank you Srinivasan uncle for the confidence in my blog.

The story goes like this:

I was walking around in a big bazaar store making shopping, when I saw a Cashier talking to a boy couldn't have been more than 5 or 6 years old..The Cashier said, 'I'm sorry, but you don't have enough money to buy this doll. Then the little boy turned to me and asked: ''Uncle, are you sure I don't have enough money?'' I counted his cash and replied: ''You know that you don't have enough money to buy the doll, my dear.'' The little boy was still holding the doll in his hand. Finally, I walked toward him and I asked him who he wished to give this doll to. 'It's the doll that my sister loved most and wanted so much . I wanted to Gift her for her BIRTHDAY. I have to give the doll to my mommy so that she can give it to my sister when she goes there.' His eyes were so sad while saying this. 'My Sister has gone to be with God.. Daddy says that Mommy is going to see God very soon too, so I thought that she could take the doll with her to give it to my sister...''My heart nearly stopped. The little boy looked up at me and said: 'I told daddy to tell mommy not to go yet. I need her to wait until I come back from the mall.' Then he showed me a very nice photo of him where he was laughing. He then told me 'I want mommy to take my picture with her so my sister won't forget me.' 'I love my mommy and I wish she doesn't have to leave me, but daddy says that she has to go to be with my little sister.' Then he looked again at the doll with sad eyes, very quietly. I quickly reached for my wallet and said to the boy. 'Suppose we check again, just in case you do have enough money for the doll?'' 'OK' he said, 'I hope I do have enough.' I added some of my money to his with out him seeing and we started to count it. There was enough for the doll and even some spare money. The little boy said: 'Thank you God for giving me enough money!' Then he looked at me and added, 'I asked last night before I went to sleep for God to make sure I had enough money to buy this doll, so that mommy could give It to my sister. He heard me!'' 'I also wanted to have enough money to buy a white rose for my mommy, but I didn't dare to ask God for too much. But He gave me enough to buy the doll and a white rose. My mommy loves white roses.'

I finished my shopping in a totally different state from when I started. I couldn't get the little boy out of my mind. Then I remembered a local news paper article two days ago, which mentioned a drunk man in a truck, who hit a car occupied by a young woman and a little girl. The little girl died right away, and the mother was left in a critical state. The family had to decide whether to pull the plug on the life-sustaining machine, because the young woman would not be able to recover from the coma. Was this the family of the little boy? Two days after this encounter with the little boy, I read in the news paper that the young woman had passed away.. I couldn't stop myself as I bought a bunch of white roses and I went to the funeral home where the body of the young woman was exposed for people to see and make last wishes before her burial. She was there, in her coffin, holding a beautiful white rose in her hand with the photo of the little boy and the doll placed over her chest. I left the place, teary-eyed, feeling that my life had been changed for ever. The love that the little boy had for his mother and his sister is still, to this day, hard to imagine. And in a fraction of a second, a drunk driver had taken all this away from him.



  1. Even I have read this before. But that did not stop me from crying again. Such a terrible thing. Thank you for the post.

  2. Dear Lakshmi,
    I do not know you but your blog emails are coming to my email address. Your writings about temples accompanied with pictures are great and I love to read them everytime I receive them. I have not visited many of these temples and your pictures and descriptions make me feel as though I am visiting these places myself.
    Today's email about the boy and his love for his sister touched me so much. Recently I lost my younger brother who poured unconditional love on me. I could not attend his funeral to let him know my love for him, as I live in Canada away from my homeland India.
    In my recent visit to India I saw many of the autorikshaw drivers and securities were drunk especially in the night time. Sorry to realize for some people happiness comes from drinking!

    Keep up your writing.

  3. I have also read this story before & it is very touching every time I read. When are these drunken drivers going to learn & when will our Govt.wake up to deal with such calamities?

  4. Dear Lakshmi,Thanks for your very touching story & i was really moved with tears & read it to my husband,he too felt very sad.Keep posting good,thought provoking news,good to read the replies that you have recd.Love.Savithri J Rao.

  5. Lakshmi, the name of the flower is Jacaranda mimosafolia,normally seen in Bangalore & in forests at 1000 meter altitude.This is also similar in colour to the Kurinji flower.The December flower also looks the same colur.Information given by Jaggu A'ber.Where did you see this flower just for him to know.Love.