It took him two years to save up money to buy her a dress and even then, he was mocked. But it didn’t matter for it made her happy.
The story of a beggar talking about how he saved up every rupee he could to buy his daughter a bright yellow dress is going viral on Facebook with thousands hailing the man for being a good parent during incredibly tough circumstances.
Photographer GMB Akash shared a post on his Facebook wall about a man whom he has identified as MD. Kawsar Hossain who had to resort to begging after an accident resulted in the amputation of his right hand. After saving up for two years straight, he walked his daughter to a store to buy her a dress. But the store owner mocked him for paying for the dress in loose change and asked him if he was a “beggar,” which led to his daughter bursting into tears. However, he persevered and bought the dress any which way for her.
Despite all the difficulties he faces, he notes that he is doing everything in his power to ensure his children get a good education as he does not want them to have the same fate as him. But it isn’t always easy. In the post he notes, “It’s very difficult to send my children to school, but I am educating them all. Sometimes they cannot attend exam because giving exam fees is not always possible for me. On those days they feel very sad when I tell them; sometimes we can miss exams because the biggest exam is life, which we are giving every day.”
But he ends his tale on a hopeful note about how he plans on enjoying his day with his daughter in her new dress, saying, “Today this father is a King and here is his princess.”
Yesterday, I was able to buy a new dress for my daughter after two years. While I handed sixty pieces of five taka note…
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Yesterday, I was able to buy a new dress for my daughter after two years. While I handed sixty pieces of five taka note to the seller, he yelled at me by asking if I am a beggar. My daughter held my hand and cried to leave the shop by saying that she did not want to buy any dress. I wept off her tears with one hand. Yes, I am a beggar. Ten years ago I had never thought in my nightmares that I have to live by begging from people. The night coach fell from the bridge and unbelievably I was alive. I was alive by becoming a disable. My youngest son often ask me where had I left my other hand. And my daughter Sumaiya feed me every day by saying she knows how difficult it is to do all work with one hand.
After two years my daughter is wearing a new dress, that’s why today I brought her with me to play for some time. May be I will not be able to earn anything today, but I wanted to roam around with my little girl. I secretly borrowed this mobile phone from my neighbor without informing my wife. My daughter has no picture and I want to make this day memorable for her. When one day I will have a phone I will take a lot of pictures of my children. I want to keep good memories. It’s very difficult to send my children to school, but I am educating them all. Sometimes they cannot attend exam because giving exam fees is not always possible by me. On those days they feel very sad then I tell them, sometimes we can miss exams because the biggest exam is life which we are giving every day.
Now I will go for begging. I will place my daughter in a signal where she will wait for me. I will look at her from distant while begging. I feel shame while she looks at me when I lend my one hand to others. But she never leaves me alone. Because there are big cars, she thinks accident can happen again, these cars could run on me and I would die. Whenever I managed to get some money I return to home by holding my daughter’s hand. We do bazaar on our way and my daughter always carry that bag. During rain we love to get wet and talk about our dreams. In someday I do not get any money, on those days we return to home silently. On those days I feel like to die but at night when my children fall in sleep by holding me I feel being alive is not a bad thing. Only bad is when my daughter waits for me in the signal by keeping her head down. When I cannot look at her eye while begging. But today is different. Because today my daughter is very happy. Today this father is not a beggar. Today this father is a king and here is his princess.
– MD. Kawsar Hossain