Short Story for Kids – Little Teachers !!
It’s the usual busy morning at the Oberoi’s Residence at Sunny dale Housing Society. The picturesque landscape with manicured gardens and well equipped playground is indeed the Architectural Feast for the by-passers and speaks volume for the owner’s pride.
The chirping of birds and cold breeze blowing from the beautiful gardens, which houses the best variety of probably all sorts of trees and shrubs represents perfect blend of Natural & Mechanical Lifestyle of its Residents.
The Mangoes Trees, Palm trees ,Coconut Trees, Banyan Trees and Litchi Trees have nests of many wonderful birds like– Maina , Pigeons, Owls, sparrows and even Squirrels and to feel nature’s beauty at the vicinity of the society itself….Society has a small man- made lake also which houses varieties of fishes and residents can paddle boat & engage in fishing also….the three floor building next to the Garden is meant for the residents Welfare Activities with well-equipped gym, swimming pool, library, yoga room & a banquette hall. Beautifully manicured Roses & Orchids Gardens is co-joined with a pod shaped lotus and water lily plants pond area, with an array of wooden and cemented benches to sit and admire the nature’s blessings . The senior residents have been the regular visitors to these parks sideways benches which have now turned into their adda(place) for regular chi-chat. Kids can be seen swarming in the swimming pool and Playground with nannies, grannies & mothers.
Each and every house has a different and a new story to tell every day, hectic mornings to get ready for the office and making kids ready for the school was probably the common story for each house. The days starts off with running around to complete daily chores and finishes off with the quietness prevailing in the house after kid(s) are asleep and weekends for these Sunny-Dale families mostly includes shopping, Rationing, eating out, movies, meeting friends and less time is there to stop and ponders for a second about the other facets of life and society……in disguise of busy routine and robotic lifestyle….!!!!
” Get up Sohini…you will be late for your school again…bus would be there in 40 minutes…baby please get up now….Vikas— Vikas….can u please see if Sohini is up yet or not…she will be late for her school bus again…am in kitchen preparing breakfast and lunch for you both….Vikas…are you listening????…please stop reading newspaper and help me to make Sohini ready for her school….???? “Meet Mrs. Savita Oberoi ” a home- maker, hurriedly rushing from one room to another to fix up all her pending daily chores ….”
When Sohini returned from her school, she was more than happy and is jumping in joy clapping & singing…..after dressing herself up she comes to Kitchen area where Savita was busy in her usual workloads.
“Mummy!! Give me 10 rupees!! Mummy?? “
Sohini coaxed Savita with a kiddish grin!!
“Why??!! What will u do with 10 rupees?? ” Savita seems not to be disrupted my Sohini talks.
Sohini face was adamant with an obstinate pleads which Savita knows how not to pay heed to. Still— instead of rushing to playground which is Sohini punctuated schedule alternated with her swimming & dance classes, she seems to be less interested & relentless today. Sohini is a 5 years old kid with energetic & innocent intelligence which is not easy to forget & forbade.
She is a famous among her society members as a good dancer & a naughty kid on board —- still she is very much like other girls kids —-she loves Pink color, adore fairies tales , play with Barbie dolls , loves to watch cartoons & gorged on unlimited candies.
Sohini stare at Savita once more & Savita knew something was not of regular importance else Sohini would have easily walk off obediently after hearing a “NO” from her –!???
Savita stop chopping vegetables & refilling the water bottles for a while & sit on the swing next to kitchen balcony with Sohini —& lovingly asked her —-” What’s is it Sohini that u want to spend 10 rupees ?? Tell me I will buy that thing or will ask papa to buy it for you??!! “
Sohini wasn’t interested in buying talks from Savita this time. She wish to do this work by herself to make mummy-papa proud of her small effort, which Savita has no knowledge yet & Sohini seems to be unflinching & hesitant before telling her wish— “she wants 10 rupees to buy biscuits for stray puppies, whose mummy is Pepsi, a stray bitch fondly nicknamed as Pepsi by Society security Guards“.
Savita was so turned by Sohini’s sweet wish & sweet caring words —- she immediately told Sohini that she will also accompany her to meet cute puppies soon…..
Sohini was now dancing in joy to hear this — In evening Savita kept her promise and accompany Sohini to the area where Pepsi & her newborn pups were staying. The Pepsi had cowered down the pavement area outside the society main gate to protect her newborn babies from attackers and changing weather.
Savita stood mesmerized there, thinking and admiring, beauty of the Motherhood courage & intelligence, of the Pepsi to have found the prefect abode to hide & secure her kids from other stray animals and weather. Savita wanted to thank Sohini for such a noble observation, which she has made while on her way back to school. It is a lovely sight to watch kids full of life & innocence like Sohini — gift from the God itself —-it’s no less than a divine bliss to have a kid — Savita beamed with joy & twinkle in her eyes too.
In the later evening Sohini even coaxed her Papa, to accompany her and meet her new found friends and asked Vikas whether she can keep one pup at home also?? The question for which Vikas choose not to answer as he knew Savita would never admit a stray pup to her home.
Now Pepsi wasn’t alone & strayed as she has found a ritual visitor in the form of innocent yet caring kid—Sohini….It’s become a matter of society talks soon & Sohini even championed other like minded kids to form a Gang who loves to visit Pepsi twice or more in a day with Food items borrowed from the house. Pepsi indeed loved the attention it seems from her glowing health again.
Life was moving with a normal threshold at Sunny-dale society till the onslaught of windy and Rainy seasons. Society residents welcomed the Rains as a respite from the soaring Humid & Hottest days .Still this changed weather poses a concern & bigger problem for someone—-Sohini—-she becomes worried and restless watching Pepsi & her puppies cowering to one of the end of the little space, as the puppies were growing too, feared by the lightening and onslaught of water inside their protective shelter.
—- Sohini & her gang came out to protect Pepsi at any cost….these ” little wonders ” have decided to put this matter in front of the parents and made them agreed to their whim at any cost… each kid has come up with a brilliant idea to adopt one stray pup & keep it at home & take care of that pup very well. Sohini as a leader of the Gang, first asked her mummy Savita ,boldly this time, that she wants her friends to have a home like she has & she wants to take home one pup like her others friends have agreed to do so, but since she was the chosen gang leader it was her duty to bring one pup to her home also….Savita after listening to Sohini concerns and willingness not to leave her friends deserted, was feeling proud of her little daughter.
She hugged Sohini & kissed on her cheeks fondly and asked her to wait, till the time she thinks of something more better, as Puppies can’t live without their mother too & it would not be a good idea to divide them, and, put Pepsi far from her kids. Sohini though little amused by Savita talks was little perturbed and little thoughtful too. Sohini knew Savita would never accept stray pup or any pet at home still she hoped and believed her mummy words and plans like she always does. Sohini has no choice this time as she knew that mummy-papa can only find a good solution to this problem.
Next day, Savita requested a society meeting on urgent basis to discuss this issue with all residents. She knew not much would be the outcome from this meeting, still she wanted to try it for Sohini’s sake and for the Pepsi also, who is out there struggling daily to keep her kids safe & alive. That was the spirit of motherhood which filled Savita full of vigor and intent not to back off from this humane opportunity this time.
As planned, society meeting started with the hush-hush and almost all the residents were present there….a full credit to this attendance goes to ” little wonders gang” who coaxed their parents & grandparents to come out of slumber and hear what Savita aunty needs to tell them.
Savita started her maiden society speech—-” As we all know that Pepsi & her Stray Kids safety has pulled all of us out of our comfort and selfish slumber today. I sincerely wish that you all will support “Little Wonders Gang” as I have fondly named them, in their first Endeavor towards a better Human-being, to be a Better Citizen of Tomorrow. The ” little Wonders Gang” is giving all of us a great chance to redeem ourselves in a much saner ways —- after hearing innocent concerns for the Pepsi & her kids welfare in rainy season — I have requested to call a society meeting to share this concern with you all & I believed that—-“All Kids are just like the Raw Clay……A Parent can shape them as they wish to but care need to be taken to see their childhood is not ruined by shapeless denouements of parents’ wishes & disciplines…just like if we apply too much force while shaping the raw clay, the wet clay will get strained & will develops cracks in the process of molding… Kids learn & imbibed much from the surroundings very fast…..so for them Parents are their first Interface & First Role model also.…” thanks for joining our Little Teachers Endeavors today & hope it will continue tomorrow also. All is needed is little compassion, little time & little action from all of us today.”
After much speculation, debate and advises presented to the counsel of society members, it was finally decided that, the area lying vacant beside the small toddler park to have a new but permanent shelter built for Pepsi & her stray puppies.
All kids were now clapping endlessly; Jumping & screaming in joy after hearing this —-Sohini seems to be contended and joyous too as she looked up to meet her mummy admiring glances across the conference room hall.They both smiled at each other.
Sunny-Dale Society Residents also adopted Pepsi as a society dog & made her a part of Society extended family.
This little deed of kindness & appreciation has been taught by none other than Society’s little wonders & little bundle of joys —- Sunny-Dale adorable kids bandwagon nicknamed as “Little Wonders Gang ” & accredited as ” Little Teachers ” by all society residents.
After this fateful incident, all residents have decided to form the “Little Wonders Gang Committee” to help society improvise in terms of environmental issues, morals building and other such issues which are for the welfare of all, alike. Now Sunny-Dale ” Elders” are happily learning & unlearning in this continuing process of social welfare with their “Little teachers” & future generation.