Mindful Living Wednesday Wisdom

Ants in my pans #WednesdayWisdom

Ants in my pans #WednesdayWisdom

I am down with the ‘flu since the last three days. Right now my husband is yelling at me to get off the computer, and I say, please, just two minutes.

Apologies for being a day late with the Wednesday Wisdom, but hey, wisdom any day of the week works, right?

So I’ll keep this really short today. I can, you know!

This story is about my Mom. Today, 8 Feb, marks 8 years of her passing away. The pain is always fresh, you know.

If you’re a loyal reader of this blog and have read this anecdote before, please indulge me. Perhaps it will make you smile again.

My Mom, in spite of all that she went through life, had a fabulous attitude and managed to be positive always.

We enjoyed spending time together in the kitchen. Well, those days she did, and I loved to hang out with her, good naturedly doing stuff with her. Over the years, I’ve realized that’s how I’ve learned so much.

So anyway, during the summer months, ants filed into our kitchen and no matter what we did, they would be there. I guess they were there because it was cool inside.

To deter the ants, we had little moats on the kitchen countertop. A moat was a large tray of water with a stand in the middle on which we kept the food. It mostly worked. My son, of course saw this as a fairy tale setting, with the ants as villains. Some of them managed to swim across, mostly unsuccessfully, which made us sad. Irony, eh?

One day, after lunch, we packed the leftovers into smaller containers to place on our “moat.” We also had a “moat” for our juice bottles.

After looking around, satisfied the kitchen was clean enough, we settled down to watch a movie.

Tea time came, and my Mom got up to go make the tea.

I heard a shout of laughter and my Mom calling out to me.

As I entered the kitchen, I saw her hunched over the counter top, watching intently. She beckoned me close, as though the ants would hear her if she spoke, and pointed to the juice bottle. I was stunned to see the droves of tiny ants busily juicing it up.

I don’t know what might have happened, but I think one of us must have accidentally kept one of the juice bottles very close to the rim of the tray. And, sure enough, these ants (probably the ones that qualified for the Olympic long jump) managed to get on the bottle.

All worked up, I opened my mouth to rant and my Mom burst out laughing. That stopped me in my tracks and I looked at her, question marks all over my face. And she said, “Vidya – they’ve worked so hard to get there. Don’t you think they deserve it?”. That was so funny and of course, I laughed too.

From that day on, whenever we were careless enough to leave something on the countertop – or anywhere else and saw ants on it – we looked at each other and sedately said “They deserve it”.

Feel free to take away what you want from this story. For me, it is to go through life with a good attitude, love, generosity and a massive dose of humor.

And now, please excuse me. I am going back to bed.

Life is 10 percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it #wednesdaywisdom #mindfulness #love

#WednesdayWisdom is a series with short bursts of easy-to-consume wisdom in the form of stories, quotes, anecdotes, and humor.

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Vinay Kumar Satyanarayan
    February 8, 2018 at 7:58 pm

    You bring her alive with your beautiful narratives.
    I can visualize her eyes becoming small when she laughed.
    Happy moments!
    Get well soon……

  • Reply
    Rupali
    February 8, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    A lovely post.

  • Reply
    Varsh
    February 9, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    I learned a valuable thing. If I lost something to someone, it was because they deserved it more. Reasons notwithstanding.
    Deep meaning in such a simple way. ❤

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    JayanthyGovindarajan (@JayanthyG)
    February 9, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Laughter is the best medicine, ain’t it?

    Ants deserve it! 😊😊😊 Every time I cook food,somehow the first bit falls down. Earlier I was worried, but gradually trusted that it is for Mother Earth. However,within a short span ants will cover it up and once they share it among themselves, they disperse. When I am in a good mood, I let them be, otherwise, the little demon reminds me that my little one must be protected, so I sweep them off the floor to some other destination.

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    Birgit
    February 9, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Please rest, peppermint tea, and more rest. I hope you feel better soon. Never give up no matter how impossible for it is the best result when you have conquered the impossible. Your mom was so wise and now I see how she lives on in you. Dear Vidya, I lost my mom this January 15th and I was with her when she passed. It was a second death for me as I lost her the first time when dementia set in. She went peacefully which was nice…she just never woke up. I miss her so and now talk to her about my day as I lay in bed. Somehow I feel better..at least a little. You know…the week before my mom died, the pipes burst in our bathroom and to get to those pipes, my hubby had to list the entire floor to get to them. This resulted I; seen;g more damage so now it is a com0lete gut. The week after my mom died, the day before her funeral, I was in a car accident. I am ok but the car was totaled. I was so upset because this is the very first accident I had. The funeral was so nice though and we truly did celebrate her amazing life. If you want to read her obituary and see her video with her pictures of her life you can go to George Darte funeral home and look for Elfriede Bedesky. I hope you get a chance to see this in your busy life. My brother wrote an amazing obituary. Now life moves on, we have a newer car..a 2013 Honda Civic which is really nice even though we are now deep in debt. I love your ant story because I can remember so many wonderful times I had with my mom as we sat in my kitchen talking about life…I cherish those times.

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    upasna
    February 9, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Ahhh, memories are beautiful. I always feel good reading about your Mom Vidya. I took away the message.

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    Ramya Abhinand
    February 9, 2018 at 6:49 pm

    This little anecdote reminded me of the book Ghachar Ghochar, where a family decides to move out of their home due to an ant menace. BUt this aside, yes it is some positive attitude. I also feel it is about look at the fact that every being, tiny or big has a life. Let them just live it!

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    Shilpa Garg
    February 9, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Love your mom’s sunny attitude and personality. She’s truly awe-inspiring.
    A big hug to you, Vidya!

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    How do we know
    February 12, 2018 at 11:57 am

    This IS a lovely story. And I will remember it. 🙂

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    Sridhar
    February 14, 2018 at 10:11 am

    You have such an interesting blog. Thanks for sharing. I’m a life coach blogger. Reading blogs is my hobby and I randomly found your blog. I enjoyed reading your posts. All the best for your future blogging endeavors. Please keep in touch with me in Google+, +sridharchandrasekaran Twitter @lifecoachbloger

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