Every moment in life is precious. All the little memories and joys we cherish throughout our life holds a big place in our hearts. And as one grows old, these happy moments are all that give us the energy to live and sparkles our will to survive.
While life has always been tough for John, full of major twists and turns, his old age phase became even terrible. Right from the very early age, he had to face hardship in life. However, with time as he put himself up with all the challenges that life threw at him, one day while paying up for the groceries at the Walmart Store, he had to face another hindrance. And this was something so awful that John was embarrassed to the core. Just then something happened that compelled the entire world to think…
It was just any other day for John. As usual, he went to the Walmart Store to buy groceries. He had a small checklist reading potatoes, eggs, bread, onion, milk, and tomatoes. He, at a slow pace, went through the store and started putting everything in the basket. As he moved forward to put eggs in the basket, suddenly he recalled something.
As he kept the eggs, he whispers, “She always said to keep them at the end to prevent them from cracking on way”, and then he smiled. The old man kept the eggs on the top and moved towards the cash counter. He saw that the cashier was doing her work in a very fast manner. The customer standing before him in the queue got his bill. It was his turn now and suddenly his hands started to tremble.
The Unknown Voice
The cashier prepared the bill for John’s groceries and politely said, ” That will be $11 and 25 cents, Sir”. John took out his wallet and started counting coins to pay for the same. Just then a voice from behind came. A man in the same queue cleared his throat in an annoying manner and John was embarrassed. What did the man say that left this poor old man embarrased?
An underlining fact here was John’s father was into the field of skilled carpentry. And thus, his hands were very broad and strong. John always admired his father. In fact, when he was really young and did not join the high school, he would often accompany his father in building stairs at the housing estate in Mississipi. On the contrary, John’s hands would tremble. Does his trembling hands had something to do with his childhood days?
Though John has his father as his idol, his mother’s arms were the place he found solace in. She would early in the morning firstly kiss John and then would prepare his meal and get him ready for school. She even made sure that John meets his father before leaving for the school. Suddenly one morning things weren’t the same. That morning he saw something mortifying.
Like any other mother and son relationship, John and his mother too had a loving relationship. Rather, she never shouted at John ever. One day, while John came all dressed and ready for school, he looked for his mother. He then went to her room and witnessed a shocking scene. And then his mother screamed, “Get Out John”.