The night of Diwali, just before drifting off into a deep sleep, my husband told me: “It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi, the goddess of fortune and prosperity, will come in the night and bless us with good fortune.”
The next day, I was overwhelmed by our current financial situation. I knew we couldn’t continue to live in Delhi when we were not earning any money. We quietly argued about our circumstances. I was panicked that I would have to leave for America to get a job and earn money. (Not something I ever wanted to do… I’m fully against being away from my husband.) Deep down, I knew my husband was doing his best to earn money for us.
I left the room to cool down, and when I returned, I quietly curled up on the couch next to the bed.
Out of nowhere, a thought came to me. A thought so pure and clear, I knew it was Lakshmi.
We can live at home in Jhansi and save up as much money possible. Everything would work out fine, as long as his family accepts our need to leave the house every day to do our freelance work.
Without a doubt or second thought, I knew it was the right thing to do. I spent about an hour talking him into it. After that, it took about a week to get him to see that I was serious.
You see, my husband never really wanted to live at home with his family. He has always dreamed of building a home and settling in Delhi. Things get complicated and stressful at home, and though he has always wanted to take care of his family, he never wanted to live with them full time. As for me, despite my frustrations living at home, I couldn’t shake the feeling that it was the right thing for us to do.
Who knows… Maybe this will be the best thing for everyone? Maybe living in a joint-family home will bring us the most happiness? It will certainly make the family happy. Maybe being with his family with bring my husband unexpected contentment.
And so, after we get our marriage certificate (in about two months) we are moving in with his family! It solves our problems of being lonely at home, of not earning enough for food and rent, and of having no way to save money. This is our gift from Goddess Lakshmi.
Despite my best detective work, I was unable to find the original artist of this featured image. If anyone has any information, I will happily give due credit.