Achayan and my father were old friends so when I came as a bride to my new home, I had an extra feeling of happiness.
Achayan and Ammachi were very different in nature and character but both loved their children deeply. Ammachi was ready for any extent of sacrifice for the wellbeing and progress of the children. I think that this character trait has been transmitted to the children also, though to a lesser extent.
Achayan was of a very social and outgoing nature. Everyday, atleast one new person got acquainted with him and they rarely forgot him. He was a teacher for more than 35 years and his students had loving memories of him.
Recently I had an experience of this when the students and teachers of our school planned a trip to Chennai. I contacted a cousin of my colleague who is an advocate there. When I said I belonged to Chirayil family in Kanjikuzhy, his instant response was whether I was related to Mathew Sir.
Both Achayan and Ammachi were straightforward and broadminded. They are role models to the children and remain ever fresh in our memories.