In response to Helene’s weekly challenge What do you see ? Here I am presenting one short story on “Best Birthday Gift”.
Leena and Tina are two sisters. Their financial condition is very poor. They have seen from their childhood that some of their friends celebrate their birthday so beautifully that the entire colony remember the day.
Tina : Didi, my friend’s birthday is there in the evening today. She has invited me for attending her birthday. I don’t want to attend. Every year, I attend so many birthday parties of my friends.My all friends bring so costly gifts. I give only pen,pencil box,color pencils only.
Leena : So what dear ? did anybody tell you something regarding this ?
Tina : No one said anything. But I feel bad as I never call them to my house.
Leena : Your friends understand our situation. Is it possible for us to arrange such a huge birthday party ?
Tina : I know didi, it is not possible. But what will happen if I don’t go to attend the birthday party.
Leena : Priya is your best friend. If you don’t go to the party, she will not feel good.
Still Tina did not agree to attend the party. It was 7 p.m in the evening. Leena again told her to go. Tina did not attend. It was 8.30 p.m ,someone knocked the door. Leena opened the door.
Leena :Priya,Wish you a very happy birthday. But you are here in this time !
Priya : Didi, where is Tina ? Why she has not come to my birthday ? Have I done anything wrong with her? I can’t cut my birthday cake without her. All my friends are waiting at my house for me and I am waiting for Tina.
Tina and Priya both are very good friends. Priya is from middle class family. Tina’s family is lying below poverty line. Tina is very intelligent. They are studying at class seven. When Priya can not able to solve some numerical problems, Tina easily solve it. Tina loves to study very much. Tina feels that the most precious gift to her is that she is here to solve mathematical problems. But today, she is upset as she wanted to gift her best friend a costly gift, but she can’t.
Leena : She is in that room. You go and meet her.
Priya : No, didi. I will not meet her. I know why she does not want to come to my house.
Priya opened one box from her bag, the box was wrapped with silver color paper and tied up with ribbons . She gave this box to Leena and told : Didi, you take this and give it to Tina. A letter is there. Give it to her. She will understand. Tell her to come our house as early as possible.
Leena -What are you saying ? I can’t do this. It is not fair.
Priya – what is fair didi? Your younger sister is crying there alone in the room. Is it fair ? Has she done anything wrong ? If not, then why can’t she enjoy with us ?
Leena -I will convince her to attend the party. Your friends are waiting. You are being late. You go and I am telling Tina to go. (Priya left their house ).
Leena opened the box gently. Leena saw a letter with a “Mathematics Book”. In the Letter, it is written :
My father had brought this book yesterday. You know that you are more than that of a mathematics book to me. In the book, only problems are there. But solutions are with you. This book , I am gifting you so that you can prepare the solutions for me. In this Box, you put your mathematics book which we both have solved already. you know that I need so many revisions. Though the book is old, it looks new as you have wrapped it so nicely yesterday after completion of the book. I need this book urgently. Then you bring this to my birthday. I am waiting for you. All of my friends are waiting. Without your presence, my lovely mathematics teacher, my best friend, I can’t cut my cake. This will be my best gift. Your presence along with your Mathematics book will enlighten my birthday.
From :Priya “
“Tina ! Tina !Read this letter and be ready for going to the birthday party. Where is your mathematics book? Give me. I am arranging the gift. You be ready”- said Leena.
Tina still hesitated for doing so after reading the letter.
Leena -:” Tina, do you know that this box has its value? Gift is gift only,which is to be given. It may happen that box is full of chocolates or full of hugs, loves, respect which can’t be seen by opening the box,but to whom you will give,he/she will feel that. So, It does not matter what it contains. To Priya, your book along with your presence is precious. Can’t you give that to her ?”
Then Tina agreed and left her house to join Priya’s Birthday.
Thank you for reading. Let us make a beautiful world together. Stay Blessed always.