The second story followed the next day in the same setting. She wanted a Barbie story so here it goes…
Anjum was a young girl who had a lovely doll called Dolly. Both of them were very good friends and cared for each other a lot. Anjum use to always give a special treatment to Dolly over other toys she had. Dolly took pride in this special treatment.
Things were going fine till Anjum liked Barbie Doll at a toy store. She returned home to share her desire of having the Barbie doll as well. Dolly was sad and reasoned that they were good friends and they should not have any new Doll coming in between them. Dolly complained, “You always cared for me so much and I always played with you even when I felt like taking rest.”
Anjum in response said, “We are good friends and will continue to be. With Barbie coming you will get to play with her as well when I am at school. I always felt that you should have a beautiful doll friend as well.” Dolly seemed convinced and said Yes to the idea of having Barbie at home.
Next day Barbie – a young slim doll with golden hair, dressed in pink skirt and blue T-shirt was home. Anjum excitedly introduced Barbie to Dolly. Both of them shook hands with smiles on their faces. Anjum being an intelligent girl decided to spend first few hours together with both the dolls sharing her experience with Dolly and how special she was. Later, Barbie talked to Dolly about her likes and dislikes. Soon Dolly sensed that Barbie was a great friend to have and she thanked Anjum for having Barbie as well.
Message intended to be delivered – Be prepared for change and continue to be accommodating. Ruhin is quite good at this and I feel she should not lose this trait when she grows up.
After a long day at work, I was lying on bed with Ruhin – my younger daughter next to me. Its winter time (Dec 2014) in Delhi when we have tucked inside the thick cotton blanket. My left hand fingers locked with her right hand fingers. Our exchange was usually uninterrupted except when my wife asked to finish our respective glasses of milk.
The first story:
There was a boy named Amit who went to a temple. A river flowed past the temple as well. The sleepers could be removed before entering the temple with a person stationed at a small store house – meant only for keeping shoes for the visitors to temple. When Amit asked for the token in return for his shoes so that we could take them back on return the person refused to give him a token saying, “You are a young guy and you will not spend more than 5 minutes inside the temple. Just leave your shoes here and return to take them back.” Amit did what we was suggested.
On return Amit could not find his shoes. He inquired and looked around but could not. On asking the same person he asked him to visit the banks of the river and see if he could find his shoes there. He went on to explain the ritual followed at the temple – Any visitor who wants his wish to be fulfilled by the Deity should steal a pair of shoes from outside the temple and throw them into the river flowing next to the temple.
Amit was disappointed and unhappy. He could not believe the ritual and logic of doing this. He complained this to his parents on return. His father said, “Never mind. Atleast someone was happy and hopes to have his wish fulfilled by the deity of the temple. Never regret what is lost.”
So Ruhin the moral of the story is – “Believe in actions that give happiness to others whether by choice or by accident. Also try not to regret a loss of a material thing like a pair of shoes.”
She is too young to understand the moral in its entirety. Also when the story is an extempore from her father. 🙂