Old woman

Old woman

A Story by Farhan Shaikh

In the evening, I was standing at the corner of a street with my friend talking about the things we deserve and need desperately in our life. It was difficult to listen to him with the noises of vehicles reverberating.
 The next moment, a hand touched my shoulder and I turned back to see. I saw an old woman, she was smiling at me holding a walking stick clutched in her wrinkled hands. 

'Can you help me in crossing the road? I want to go the other side", she kindly asked me breaking the fluency of tone in a low voice.
'Sure', I replied. 
I held her left hand and my friend was walking on her right side. It took several minutes to cross the road. 
'Take me to that bench', she said pointing her finger towards a bench in the corner .
'Where exactly do you want to go?' I asked her.
'Just take me there', she replied.

I took her at the bench and she sat. My friend and I were not moving as we wanted to help her in getting back to home.
'I have no one, I'm alone as all four of my children are dead. I just keep wandering and if someone offer me food I eat, but I don't request for food', she said with a smile on her face.
'I live there all alone', she pointed at a small building.
Just few minutes go, my friend and I were talking about the needs in our life, all that thoughts vanished after hearing that woman's words.

Both of us checked our pockets but we didn't have any money to offer her something to eat. We felt very bad for the old lady as we couldn't help her. 
She blessed both of us but we didn't do anything for her, I hope we find her again and be able to help her in any way possible. .

© 2017 Farhan Shaikh

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It's heart breaking when you meet someone who has outlived chidren and spouse.It can be difficult to determine what your purpose is when younger-I'd hate to have to figure it out at that age.

Posted 2 Years Ago

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If this an actual experience, I do hope you meet her again and are able to help her.
Merry Christmas!

Posted 2 Years Ago

Awww, such a nice story. I hope she finds some purpose and meaning to life again.

Posted 2 Years Ago

This story is short, but it leaves a great message and it really makes you stop and think about how good you have it in this life. This is a amazing piece!.. keep on writing.

Posted 2 Years Ago

It has imparted a great moral... So well written Farhan... Keep writing

Posted 2 Years Ago

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a story that makes you stop and think about what is actually important in life

Posted 2 Years Ago

As short as the piece is, you have portrayed the message really well: Always be willing to lend a hand for those in need. The world needs more people who were in this story. I REALLY LIKED the message which was written between the lines.


Posted 2 Years Ago

Good story sparkling with concern.
Thanks for sharing:)

Posted 2 Years Ago

tear drops.
ahh humanity ...
I wish money was never created.

Posted 2 Years Ago

Short but said it all, nice one.

Posted 2 Years Ago

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Farhan Shaikh
Farhan Shaikh

Mumbai, India

18, student. Slytherin. Earthling. In case you don't know, I'm a weirdo, I don't fit in, I don't wanna fit in... Follow me on Instagram @farhanshyk02 more..


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