Visiting a doctor’s clinic can be unnervering at most times…But a recent doctor’s visit brought a smile to my face. I was visiting the doctor for a routine eye checkup. The doctor was in the operation theatre hence we had to wait a bit. The number of patients started swelling up….I was looking around at all the people who were waiting for the doctor, some appeared to be in a hurry for others it didn’t matter.
There was a couple opposite me who were sitting facing each other, but instead of talking to each other they were buried in their mobiles…it was irony that they were connected not to each other but to someone else on the phone.. so much for a relationship…
As we continued to wait, an old couple walked in, both looked in their 70s. The man made the wife sit and then walked up to the receptionist to enquire. He explained that they had been referred by an optician for an eye check. From their looks it was clear that they were simple people and happy with what they had….The man was loud enough in their conversation for us to hear it… The receptionist informed him that it would cost him around 400 INR per head. The old Man was amused but didn’t say much. The reason I writing this incident is what followed was unexpected.
The receptionist started taking down basic details like, name, age, other know sickness etc…But just looking at the man I thought he was illiterate and would not understand much. However I was pleasantly surprised, when he gave his name, the receptionist couldn’t get it and he actually spelled it out in English…his name including his wife…I was like wow, he is not illiterate…he then started giving details on their age, he laughed and said write around 65, I don’t know what our age is….it was clear that he didn’t know their date of birth, then proceeded to tell the receptionist that he was fit and no ailments and only had a cataract surgery around 2 year’s back and thinks that he needs another for the other eye. For his wife he mentioned that she has high BP else all good, she has had a paralytic stroke in the past which left her bed ridden. She was taken for treatment in town and she responded well and now she is completely recovered in God’s grace’
I was struck by with the ease in which he spoke, his gratitude to God. He was able to have the conversation without any burden or baggage, he just said it.
I was feeling sorry that I didn’t see anyone accompany them, their kids a family member or anybody at all. After all they were aged and would need some help. But this man. it was clear that he was happy, he cared for his wife. They were both huddled up in a corner like old friends talking away to glory. I don’t know if they have kids, who didn’t bother to accompany them, or if they don’t have kids. It was clear that the 2 of them were happy in each other’s company. Whereas in the earlier case, the 2 couple were buried in their phones. What an irony that was playing out in front of me……..
Food for thought, technology can be boon and a curse depending on how you use it….