Yesterday evening I came home with a slight temperature and very uneasy. Not able to control himself - hubby told MIL that I had fever. She touched me, said 'Yeah, you are warm - eat your dinner, take some medicine and sleep - you'll be fine by tomorrow morning'. Which was what I did... Meanwhile she proceeded to 'nazar utarna' for him while I continued to have dinner. We both just looked at each other surprised (he was perfectly fine!) and kept quiet.
Today morning when I went down all ready to have breakfast and leave for work, she asked me:
She: how are you feeling now?
Me: Fine, much better.
She: Will you take your lunch from home?
Me: No, I'll stick to fruits for today - think I'll give my stomach some rest.
She: But, why? You havent been eating out at all...
Me: Amma, full weekend i've eaten out! Havent had any meals at home...
She: (Relief in her voice) - Yeah, maybe you are right - take care.
By then I had finished my breakfast and washing my hand. She came up behind me,turned me and did 'Nazar utarna' for me too... then she said: "I spoke to someone yesterday morning and that lady was praising both of you... how we are all a family and how we take care of each other, how well we all get along with each other etc etc; and she was saying it in a very jealous way...and then the next thing I know you come home sick. I got very worried that the lady must have had an evil eye - so I did this. I wanted to do it yesterday but you looked so tired that I left it and waited till morning to do it. Now off you go - you'll miss your bus otherwise - You'll be fine by the time you come back!"
She rarely ever calls me but today called me in the afternoon - just to ask how I was feeling, if I had my lunch and did I need any medicine! I was so overwhelmed! Here is the mom I was always looking for, in her. Though the son came first-I came a verrry close second! And I'm happy,very happy.And touched :-)