For two months we didn’t get regular financial assistance from our elder son as he had switched over to another job. My kind and beautiful wife has always been in the habit of underestimating my talents and complained about the meager salary I eked till retirement. Since then, she has been extolling the various variable virtues of her son. She regularly informs our neighborhood and relations about the positive contributions of our worthy prince. I also conform that one has to take a deeper plunge into the pool to come out to far end. Like most the young boys of new generation who are not afraid to take risk, our baby also prefers to test his employer’s merits, habits and abilities. He hops from one nice place to other in search of greener pastures. In the process he often loses 2 month’s salary. She is also one of the optimistic, hopeful and cheerful Indians who are excited about the ACCHE DIN that Modi Ji has promised; she abhors my indifference or apathy for the expected transformation of national currents and high tides of honey and milk.
However, she got relatively displeased when our son informed us up front that he would not be able to contribute any silver to family kitty this month. After a long silence she took a deep breath, exhaled her sorrows toward sky and announced ‘Oh, we are broke!” I knew she never gives any importance to what my constant endeavors have helped to keep the boat floating. I kept aside the newspaper and refused to say ditto. I had a solid news to share and behave like a man.
Part I: So Broke
I put on my glasses (which need an urgent change in frame and lens as well). I challenged my wife that she was not the only lady upon this planet who is going broke. The mightiest and richest creatures upon earth are suffering the same fate. Here is what Lady Hillary Clinton had told Diane Sawyer in an interview with ABC News. I read to her from the newspaper:
“We came out of the White House not only dead broke, but in debt. We had no money when we got there, and we struggled to, you know, piece together the resources for mortgages, for houses, for Chelsea’s education. You know, it was not easy.” When asked about the reported $5 million she has earned and over $100 million that Bill Clinton has earned from speeches, the former Secretary of State said the former President has worked ‘very hard.’ “It’s been amazing to me — he’s worked very hard. First of all, we had to pay off all our debts, which was, you know, he had to make double the money because of obviously taxes and then pay off the debts and get us houses and take care of family members.”
There was nothing in it to ease our situation but I had won a brownie point. My wife willy-nilly surrendered her exceptionally broken status. We usually share a smile and finish the disquisition when we reached a cul-de-sac.
Part II: Obviously Blessed
But the next time it was my wife’s turn to read the newspaper to me.
“Look honey, your favorite lady has back-tracked and she is no longer on your side.”
Lady Clinton walked back her statement that her family suffered financially after leaving the White House. “We’ve been blessed in the last 14 years.” It was a 180 degree turn from ‘dead broke’ to ‘obviously blessed.’
We, my wife and her humble lesser half, both agreed that I do make enough money with my pen to make both ends meet. There are times when I just write for charity and there is nothing exceptional in it. Salman Khan and PeeCee too indulge in charity. I assured her that I’m a God fearing bloke and this time will also come to pass if she only stops sharing every vicissitude of our life with those who just show sympathy in our presence and laugh at our back. We both were made wiser by the plight of Lady Clinton.
However, does she really require the sympathy of a pauper like me? Yes and no! We all often find ourselves in a strait in rainy days which we never invite or expect in our life. Destiny never asks for our choices and suggestions. Therefore, we should accept with open hands what comes to our lot, and learn from others. She, Hilary Clinton, again expostulated for us when she told Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts:
“Let me just clarify that I fully appreciate how hard life is for so many Americans today. Bill and I were obviously blessed. We worked hard for everything we got in our lives and we continue to work hard, and we’ve been blessed in the last 14 years. As I recall we were something like $12 million in debt. We have a life experience that is clearly different in very dramatic ways from many Americans, but we also have gone through some of the same challenges as many people have. I worry a lot about people I know personally and people in this country who don’t have the same opportunities that we’ve been given.”
Which one is it?
So the updated status of the poor ex–President of USA and the Ex–Secretary of State, as she now might be a candidate for the most powerful seat upon earth, is as follows:
This day this woman reportedly hauls in $200,000 for a one-hour speech and who, along with her husband, is worth at least $100,000,000. If you got dizzy looking at all the zeroes, the number is one hundred million!
— Anon E Mouse #TGDN (@AnonEMous1) June 11, 2014
It would be fun to hear Hillary talk about the disparity between haves and have nots in US society. Won’t it?
By Naim Naqvi