Minal married Samir this day. At the end of the wedding party, Minal’s mother gave her a newly opened bank saving passbook with $1000 deposit amount.
Her mother said, “Minal, take this passbook. Keep it as a record of your marriage life. When there’s something happy and memorable happened in your new life, put some money in. Write down what it’s about next to the line. The more memorable the event is, the more money you can put in. I’ve done the first one for you today. Do the others with Samir. When you look back after years, you can know how much happiness you’ve had.”
Minal shared this with Samir when getting home. They both thought it was a great idea and were anxious to know when the second deposit can be made. This was what they did to the passbook after certain time:
7 Feb: $100, first birthday celebration for Samir after marriage
1 Mar: $300, salary raise for Minal
20 Mar: $200, vacation trip to Bali
15 Apr: $2000, Minal got pregnant
1 Jun: $1000, Samir got promoted
However, after years, they started fighting and arguing for trivial things. They didn’t talk much. They regretted getting married, no more love.
One day Minal talked to her mother, “Mom, we can’t stand it anymore. We agree to divorce. I can’t imagine how I decided to marry him!”
Her mother said, “Sure, girl, that’s no big deal. Just do whatever you want if you really can’t stand it. But before that, do one thing first. Remember the saving passbook I gave you on your wedding day? Take out all money and spend it first. You shouldn’t keep any record of such a poor marriage.”
Minal thought it was true. So she went to the bank, waiting at the queue and planning to cancel the account.
While she was waiting, she took a look at the passbook record. She looked, and looked. Then the memory of all the previous joy and happiness just came up her mind. Her eyes were then filled with tears. She left and went home.
When she was home, she handed the passbook to Samir, asked him to spend the money before getting divorce.
The next day, Samir gave the passbook back to Minal. She found a new deposit of $5000. And a line next to the record: “This is the day I notice how much I’ve loved you throughout all these years. How much happiness you’ve brought me.”
And they hugged and cried.
When you fall, in any way, don’t see the place where you fell, instead see the place from where you slipped.