You owe me

Sanjeev and Sadhana Prasad filed a petition at a court in the city of Haridwar, in the northern state of Uttarakhand. “My son has been married for six years, but they are still not planning a baby. At least if we have a grandchild to spend time with, our pain will become bearable,” the couple said in a petition. The total compensation of $646,000 would include the cost of a wedding reception in a five-star hotel, a luxury car worth $80,000 as well as the cost of paying for the couple’s honeymoon in Thailand. Mr. Prasad said he had spent all his savings on his son even sending him to the US in 2006 for pilot training at a cost of $65,000. He returned to India in 2007, but lost his job and the family had to support him financially for more than two years. Plaintiffs willing to take care of the child. The younger couple had since moved to another city, and cut off communication with the son’s parents. “My son and daughter-in-law are living in two separate cities because of their jobs, causing us immense pain. We treated our daughter-in-law like our own daughter. Despite that, she seldom stays with us, adding to our sufferings,” the couple told “The Times of India” newspaper. They added that they were willing to take care of the child’s upbringing if the daughter-in-law did not have time due to her professional commitments.

“We’re troubled financially and personally. We have demanded [25 million rupees] each from both my son and daughter-in-law in our petition,” they told Indian news agency ANI. The elderly couple’s lawyer AK Srivastava told ANI that the case “portrays the truth of society.” “We invest in our children, make them capable of working in good firms. Children owe their parents basic financial care,” he said. In a traditional Indian family structure, it is common for married sons to stay with their parents, who often contribute to the upbringing of children. Women who marry into such households are often expected to look after the household and take care of child-rearing duties. More and more couples are choosing to live in a nuclear family setup, where both partners earn an income. Many young couples are also choosing to not have children. 

Grand Guffaws

A second grader came home from school and said to her grandmother, “Grandma, guess what? We learned how to make babies today.” The grandmother, more than a little surprised, tried to keep her cool. “That’s interesting.” she said… “How do you make babies?”

“It’s simple,” replied the girl. “You just change ‘y’ to ‘i’ and add ‘es’.”

Visiting my daughter I answered the door for the paper boy, who was collecting. I paid him and said, “I don’t know what you usually get for a tip, but here is a dime.” With a pained look on his face, the boy inquired, “Are you going to live here?” 

My friend Kathy and her children had been visiting her parents for the day. Before leaving, Kathy started washing her kid’s sticky handprints from the picture window. “Leave those alone,” said her mother. “But mom,” Kathy protested, “when we were little, fingerprints drove you crazy.” “I know,” her mother said, “But you lived here and could always make more.”  

A lot of my friends missed our 50th high school reunion. They couldn’t find babysitters for their grandchildren. 

May 17th Birthdays

1961 – Enya, 1981 -Tine Fey, 1997 – Josephine Peterson, 1994 – Brooke Wexler

1956 – Sugar Ray Leonard and Bob Saget, 1997 – Ryan Ochoa, 1987 – Tahj Mowry

Morning Motivator:

One must care about a world one will not see.

Where are my grandchildren?