She was furious as she heard her baby’s painful cries, but what her husband told her opened her eyes.
It is normal for every parent to be protective of their child. With that at hand, it is also normal for parents to get furious when they children are harmed. A Singaporean mum was extremely angry when her 7-month-old baby got accidentally scalded when their helper was trying to cheer the baby up.
Apparently, their helper had been with them for just over a month, and Facebook user Jinghan Naan (Li Jinghan) was furious that she has already “hurt” her baby in that short time.
Her fury, likely, was compounded by the sight of blisters on her baby’s pink skin, and her cries as they dressed her wound at the hospital. Li was angry enough to decide right away that the maid was going home — even though she knew it was an accident, and even though the maid was deeply apologetic.
But it was a simple exchange with her husband Aizat that changed her perspective. She wrote:
When all was over, Masha collapsed onto Aizat’s shoulder in exhaustion. Her eyes were still swollen and red from crying. Aizat looked to me and said, “Later when we go back-”
“Ya, we’re going to send her back. She’s fired.”
“Later when we go back, ask if she’s ok.”
I was dumbfounded, “For what???”
“The water probably spilled on her as well. We didn’t even bother to ask if she was ok.”
“But this is her fault!”
“Ya but she’s human too.”
I caressed Masha on her head and didn’t respond. She was sleeping so peacefully.
Aizat touched me on my arm, “Ask her if her hand is fine, ok? This is what prophet would do.”
That was when Li realized that they haven’t even checked if the helper indeed got injured, and were so focused on their baby. On Li’s Facebook update regarding the incident, she clarified a few things. According to her, she had forgiven the helper and allowed her to continue working for the family.
She also stated that the helper was indeed injured, but is now recuperating as her wounds started healing already.