I knew David since I was five years old. He was my only best friend. Every morning, at about seven, he would come to my home and both of us would leave for the school that was close to my house.
David was soft tempered, and he never used to speak rudely to anyone. In the school he was loved by one and all for his innocence and straight-forwardness. He invited the attention of all for his staunchest features.
One fine morning we were walking toward the school. On the way he bought four candies. He gave two of them to me and kept two in his pocket. During the lunch time, we went out to play and he took out one of the candies. He was about to have it when a girl collided with him and both of them fell down. David got an injury on his left elbow. I helped them stand up. The girl was fine; she apologized and resumed her game time.
But our little boy started crying and made one hell of a show. Soon our class teacher happened to pass through there and asked him the reason for his limitless expressions of grief.
All were surprised and laughed over his answer, when instead of showing his elbow, he told that he lost the candy that he was about to put in his mouth. I told the teacher that he had hurt his elbow, and we took him to the school medication room for dressing. Meanwhile, our teacher got two candies for David and asked him to be in high spirits.
Many such incidents took place in our lives. He was a fun-loving person. As we were growing up, he got to develop his innocence into a much better sense of dealing with people who were rude, impolite and offensive. He followed a saying, “Silence is the best way to deal with fools.” I was proud of the fact that he was my best friend. Besides, some boys of our class were jealous of him. They always pin-pointed David on small matters, but the teachers could always understand the folly behind such happenings.
Even the advancing age could not make any changes in his neat behavior. His ideology was to do the work in a perfect and honest way without thinking about the consequences. He strongly believed in a supreme power and always used to tell me whether people behave nicely or not, we must consistently act in a genuine and positive way. His mental bend toward Karma and spirituality made him do stuff without any negative consequences.
–But why is it always that the innocent people have to prove themselves in this merciless world? Why they have to suffer throughout their lives? Why are they subjected to pains and sorrows without any moral support?
At the age of nine, he lost his father to a brutal accident. Besides his widowed mother, he just had an elder sister in his family. His paternal relatives did not bother to think about the future or even the survival of his stranded family while his maternal relatives were cooking plans for the remarriage of his mother.
With the execution of that plan, David got four step brothers and one step sister. He just had his mother and his real sister concerned about his life in the new home, while others seldom thought about the amount of care that was vital for the proper development of David’s existence.
With the changing circumstances, his step brothers took gain of his innocent behavior. He was always held responsible as the fountain head of all the mischievous things happening around the house. David always used to help out his siblings and always obeyed his mother. I could notice sorrows in his eyes.
He was lonely despite of the fact that he had so many members in the family. Even we two were not able to spend some quality time together like we used to. He was so busy in his own house only. He did not even get enough time to study. He was rarely seen on the playgrounds. Kids used to play merrily, while David was in his own world of deep emotions.
One day, he and two of his step brothers were asked to take the cattle to the pastures. Later that day, his brothers sold one cow and in the evening, reported at the house that one cow was missing due to David’s negligence. David was terribly punished for none of his faults. He did not even know the reality. Still he accepted it as the will of God and moved on. He had an optimistic perspective of looking at things and taking decisions.
With all those feelings and thoughts we were growing up. We were in eleventh standard. He had got second position in tenth standard. He was happy for his success but he never shared his sorrows with anyone, not even with me. I could only feel those emotions buried deep within his soul. We went through our eleventh and twelfth standards.
But, unfortunately, his student life ended there. His step brothers continued to study further because they had their father who supported them while David was unfortunate to have such a blessing in his lot. He was in need of someone who could understand him and help him out through such a phase in his life.
My family had a private business running around that time. My father offered David to do a job. He joined and he would get a salary sufficient for his own self as well as for some savings. His qualities made him successful throughout the business.
After five years, he got married to an equally incredible person named Mary. She handled their lives with utter delicate care and the love David was longing for so many years.
Mary told him several times that his siblings were not treating him the way he was supposed to, but David used to say, “God is with me. He will deal with them if they commit anything wrong. We should help them, whenever they need it from us. We should be clean and helpful on our part. Only that way we will be considered different and that will add to the events of our Karma, which eventually affects our providence and divine intervention.”
Mary listened to her husband’s valuable sayings and continued to help him in each and every hard and sharp curve in their lives.
I considered David as one precious gem of a person. He got his own house where his two daughters and a son grew up. His children followed their parents’ footsteps and the strong virtues.
On the other hand, the family of David’s step father and his siblings started scattering just after their marriages and later the old couple courted their final days at the love and care of David’s home, which he and his wife readily extended to them as a matter of good will.
Such a human nature moved my mind that further compelled my hands to mark a few words about faith, confidence, love and belief which people should know about and act upon. In the end, this true story prompted me to render that there is still some kind of humanity left in the heart of some people on this small globe.