Joy of Receiving

My 3 year old son gets a new toy nearly every week. Occasions range from birthdays, visits of grand parents, visit to native, relatives visiting us, festivals , happiness spells....reasons are many as many toys in the house now. We generally give in to his demands for new toys because we love to see the twinkle in his eyes as he gets his new car and many times to hide our guilt of not able to spend good amount of time with him. I think i could have easily accumulated 1 kg of gold for my would be daughter in law with the amount we have spent on the toys. So every week a new toy comes and older ones get pushed under sofa , chairs and all the unseen places gathering dust and reducing the available space in 1000 sq ft home . Yesterday i decided to give away few old toys of my son to kids of construction workers working in our apartment. I chose toys which were in good shape but not played with and of course keeping in mind not to give away toys which had a fond memory attached. I went to the construction site where little girls of age 6-7 were taking care of their younger siblings , i saw little babies comforting themselves on the mattress of sand and few others playing with gravel and tools their parents left behind. They looked happy and content with whatever life had given them , their joy became contagious as i handed over old toys to each one of them. The twinkle i saw in their eyes was similar to my son's on receiving a new toy. I didn't wanted to intrude in their happiness and so i left hurriedly after giving the toys. Their childish shouts of joy made me look behind again and again and i really felt as if they have given me something - I felt the joy of receiving something intangible.


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