Sheela loved her room and had all the critters she had ever wanted. Lions, monkeys, penguins, giraffes, zebras, snakes and plenty of bunnies of all sizes. She had a lovely bed too. With a beautiful canopy hanging over the bed, she felt like a little princess. Sheela’s mom tucked her into bed and kissed her goodnight. As she drifted away under the canopy, she dreamt of an old oak tree. It was bare and had no leaves at all. It was autumn and the leaves had all withered away and scattered below. Though bare, it was beautiful but felt strangely different. It was not made of wood she realised as she went closer. It felt soft and cuddly. She threw her arms around it and simply loved this tree. There was something magical and different about this. Sheela soon drifted back to sleep and forgot about her dream the next morning. A few days later Sheela dreamt of this tree again. It had grown. And grown a lot bigger. Sheela told her mom about this strange tree in her dream and wished she could have this in her room, next to her bed !! Not to disappoint her little princess, Sheela’s mom promised she could have one. That night, Sheela went to bed thinking about her cuddly oak. ‘Squeeeeek, squeak, sqeeek ….’, she suddenly heard some chattering. As she silently tip-toed towards the tree to see where the sound was coming from, she spotted the cutest squirrel holding an acorn between his tiny hands near the tree !! As if by magic in a splash, the tree disappeared and the furry grey squirrel was showing himself up in all his glory !!! Continue reading
‘Maaammma’, little Krish called out from the back seat even as he opened the door and jumped out.
His mom just reversed the car into the parking lot in front of his nursery school and she knew what Krish’s excitement was about.
Ever since Krish was about a year and a half old, he had been watching the cartoon ‘Scooby Doo’ on TV every evening while having his dinner. To him, every dog he saw on the street was ‘Choobina’ and he would rush to hug them. He was now three and a half years old and a big boy.
A few weeks back, while he walked to his school gate from the car, he spotted a big brown dog jumping out from the dustbin nearby. ‘Chooby choobina’ he called out and started running towards the dog. But the dog disappeared into one of the side streets. Distressed and crying Krish reluctantly walked to his class.
Two days later Krish sighted the dog again. But this time it was under the huge oak tree near where his mom parked their car. ‘Krish’, his mom slowly whispered trying to dissuade him. ‘Quietly get into the car and watch Choobina from inside. If you go closer to him, he will runaway’ she cautioned Krish. Not wanting to lose sight of the dog, Krish got inside the car and wouldn’t let his mom start the car.
Tucking some biscuits from his school bag into his pockets, he quickly unlocked the car door and confidently walked to the dog in quiet steps. Not to alarm both the dog and the child, his mom got out of the car and slowly walked behind him.
‘Choooooby’ he whispered lovingly to the dog as he stretched his palm with the biscuit. Wagging her tail leisurely, the dog got up reluctantly and smelt Krish from a distance. As Krish got closer with the biscuit in his outstretched palm, the dog inched closer to Krish wagging her tail. The biscuit from his hand fell down and Chooby lapped it up in a second !
‘Maaamaaa , Chooby ate my biscuit’ he shouted to his mom who was standing closeby worried. Encouraged by this, Krish put his hand in the side pocket of his shorts, to fetch some more biscuits. And the dog sat down in front of him looking in anticipation for another treat ! ‘Here Chooby’, Krish said taking out a wad of biscuits from his pocket half of them dropping on the floor into crushed pieces ! The dog tried to reach for the biscuits in Krish’s hand but his mom panicked and shouted, ‘Krissshh, No…Careful’. This sudden and loud reaction from his mom, scared the dog away and Krish returned home very angry with his mom that day.
That night as his mom tucked him into his bed, she said, ‘Krish I know you are angry with mama today. I am so sorry to have hurt you darling. Here you have it from me. I promise, from tomorrow, you can feed Choobina, one full packet of biscuits. !!!
And so every single day when his mom came to pick him up from school, they would look for Chooby near the school, and feed him. Chooby and Krish became good friends as days went by and both looked forward to their ‘biscuit time’. Krish hated school, but Chooby just made going to school such fun now !
But today morning, as Krish got out of the car, he saw Chooby near the bush lying down. As he went closer he squealed at what he saw. ‘Looooook lllllloooooook maaaammmma, come here come here, look’.