Disclaimer: Please read and try this at your own risk! :)
Well, yes, I had hidden my first salary from my parents. I had to…!
I got my first job the same month as my father’s retirement month.
Yeah, it’s a beautiful coincidence and already got the sense of being more responsible than ever before.
I told my mom that from next month onwards I am going to send you money. Let papa enjoy his pension :)
I could see my mom was in tears after hearing that. A tear of pride and happiness of course.
My mom hugged and kissed me and said you have grown up.
The feeling can not be expressed in words…:)
Expectedly, my father asked me how much salary I would be going to earn every month.
I said, confidently, Rs.15000.
He advised me to keep that money and let’s not worry about them as pension money would be enough.
He knew my salary is not good enough to run the entire world.
I told him that I wish to send Rs.5000 for a few months and if I can not manage it I will discuss it with him.
I think he agreed as he knows that my mom will save that money and she will send it to me when required.
The time flies and as promised I started sending Rs.5000 to my mom every month.
The best moment for me is when I click on the “Submit” button on the bank transfer page every month.
:) :) :)
Several years passed by, my salary had also increased many folds.
My father’s pension also increased.
What did not change is sending money to my mom and that would never change in our lifetime.
So, sounds great, then what did I hide, and why the hell…!
My salary was not Rs.15000 as I told my father. It is actually Rs.9000 where Rs.700 would go to PF and PT. So effectively it is Rs.8300.
How I managed those days, is not really important but it was not easy for sure :).
However, the happiness and satisfaction were so high in doing that those difficulties can be easily ignored and managed.
If I would have told the truth, my mom would have denied that money and would have started sending money to me.
I am happy with what I have done and would do similar mistakes again and again to get that one moment of happiness.