Friday, 28 April 2017

X- Xanthippe

Once there was a couple who had a daughter and a son. The man was a humble human being, jolly natured and full of life. While the woman, on the other hand, was a chatterbox (beyond the level of anyone’s control), ill-tempered and a cantankerous wife.

It was when their children were teenagers when the man of the house did something about which the woman couldn’t do anything until today. While returning from work one day, he saw a baby girl in a basket near all the garbage. He heard the baby cry and looked around for her parents, but found no one. The baby’s wailing was crushing the man’s soul. He couldn’t leave the baby there, could he? But then, he feared his wife. He knew she wouldn’t be happy with this but decided to follow his heart. After all, who could turn their face away from this little angel, he thought.

When he took the baby home, he was kind of prepared for his wife’s reaction. And just the way he thought, she was furious! What in the world was he thinking?! Wasn’t he happy with the two kids he had? And even if he wanted another, he and his wife could have made one... why bring anyone from the streets... Oh! Not streets, but a pile of garbage!

The man wanted to give that baby a life he gave to his children. While the woman had some other plans.

When the girl grew up, the man wanted to send her school but the woman didn’t like the idea. She wanted her to stay home and dance on her tunes!

After all, it was their prerogative to see what to do or not! They gave her good clothes, good family, good house, good school, and good friends and so on. And in return, if she had to do a bit of household work then that was a very less price that she was paying for it.

Everything happened when the man left the house for work and the girl was home from school. At the age of 11, the girl did their laundry, washed their dishes, polished the floor and dusted every corner of the house.... everything after school. She wasn’t left with any time to study and thus her grades fell in the class.

Yet, she never complained and loved the family very much. No matter, how her aunt treated her, she loved them all unconditionally and did everything she asked her to. After all, they gave such a good life to someone they didn’t even know!

But there was one peculiar thing that annoyed the woman. No matter how much she yelled at the girl, she was never rude. Whenever she tried harming her (physically), the bad happened to her family instead! One fine afternoon, she tried getting the girl out of the house and in the evening, her daughter met an accident. Once she tried making the girl fall off the stairs and found her husband fall because of the slippery floor. She once locked the girl in a store room and found his son drowning in the swimming pool the other day. It came as a shock and an eye opener to her because her son was a state level champion in swimming.

It was slowly and gradually she connected all the dots and realized that the girl was different. No one could ever harm her. If she ever tried doing anything fishy with her, it automatically harmed her family!

Due to this fear, she stopped using her evil tricks on the girl. And kind of accepted her as a family member but she still continued making her do all the household chores.

The girl was happy as ever. For her, this was her family and she did everything she could to make her aunt happy!


Xanthippe was the name of Socrates’ wife, who, thanks to a number of Ancient Greek caricatures, had a reputation for henpecking, overbearing behavior. Consequently, her name can be used as a byword for any ill-tempered or cantankerous woman or wife—as used in Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. Source

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10 Discussion

  1. Oh my this girl was indeed feted with some luck!!!

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  2. How kind of the man. I don't understand why women are bad to women. Weird no?

  3. I learnt a new work today, Xanthippe, thanks to you, GG. This story read like a fairy tale. Brilliant!

  4. Quite an interesting tale, Geetika. The girl was indeed blessed to be saved from her aunt's torturous ways. I wish women could be kind to each other.

  5. Wow! I loved this take for X
    Thanks for sharing

    A Peice Of My Life

  6. Interesting story! Women certainly need to be kind to each other.

  7. Nice story! It seems she was God's favorite...why else would she be picked up from garbage?

    Shubhangi @ The Little Princess

  8. didn't know this word... good to find something to explain a lot of my relatives :)

    'Love,XYZ' - Compassion From Strangers

  9. Heart- touching Geetika. I salute the man of the house

  10. I never heard this word before. Thanks to you and your story..I know it now. :)


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