Betty had always been a dutiful daughter. She had never said no to her parents, no matter how busy she was with work or other commitments. She loved her family more than anything in the world and would do anything to make them happy.
One day, as she was sitting with her mother in the kitchen, her father called out to her from the living room. "Son! Call the son-in-law Mian and tell him to have iftar here when he comes to pick you up."
"Yes, mom! I will say," Betty replied submissively. She knew that her mother wanted her to invite her husband over for iftar, but he was always too busy to come.
"Listen! That mother is saying that you are invited to our place and will break the fast here," her father said, looking at Betty expectantly.
Betty hesitated for a moment, knowing that her husband would probably say no. But she didn't want to disappoint her parents, so she mustered up the courage to call him.
"I don't have time for these useless things, I will send you little brother," her husband said when she asked him to come for iftar.
"See, please, you will come, please, my mother's heart will break," Betty pleaded with him.
"I can't come, don't mind," he answered curtly.
Betty rolled her eyes in embarrassment and hung up the phone. She knew that her husband didn't care about her parents as much as she did.
Her mother called her several times the next day, but Betty was too busy to answer. Finally, when she picked up the phone, her husband answered in a stern voice.
"How are you?" Betty asked, trying to sound cheerful.
"I'm fine. Come to the point," her husband said.
Betty took a deep breath and said, "My mother wants you to come for iftar today."
"She was telling me that today you will come, but how many times have you said that you will not come? Look, you are doing the abuse. Well, am I exaggerating? Go and stay at your father's house. No need to come," Betty's husband said before hanging up the phone.
Betty felt her heart sink. She knew that her husband didn't care about her feelings or her family. She tried to hold back her tears, but when her mother came in, she saw the tears in Betty's eyes and cried out.
"What happened?" her mother asked, looking worried.
Betty looked at her mother's wrinkled face and said, "Nothing, mother. Something has gone in my eye."
As the day went on, Betty tried to distract herself by helping her mother with the preparations for the iftar. But she couldn't help feeling hurt and disappointed by her husband's behavior.
Later that evening, when her father asked about her husband, Betty said, "Mom, he has to go to another city for important work. He will not come."
"No problem, I will take his iftar home," her father said, patting her on the back.
Betty felt a surge of gratitude and love for her father. She knew that he would always be there for her, no matter what. And she made a vow to herself that she would never let anyone hurt her family, no matter who they were.
it is a modern-day tale about the struggles that many families face when it comes to balancing familial obligations with individual pursuits and responsibilities. However, the theme of family duty and sacrifice is a common one in many cultures and can be seen in various myths and legends. For example, in Greek mythology, Antigone defies her uncle's decree in order to properly bury her brother, even though it meant going against the law and risking her own life. In Hindu mythology, Lord Rama is exiled to the forest for 14 years in order to fulfill his duty as a prince and uphold the honor of his family. These stories illustrate the power of family obligation and how it can shape one's decisions and actions.
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