were a bird
last updated 20070916
Here is a
transcription of one of the essays by our son, Virinchi, while in grade
4. His school paper, Young
Expressions, published it in 1996.
-- Mukund and Jaya Joglekar
If I were
IV B Garnet
when I woke up, went to the toilet, and then went to brush my teeth, I
saw a picture of a bird's head. I thought my mother had put it
up, and started brushing my teeth. Then, I noticed the head was
moving like mine. I was too short to see my face in the
mirror. So, I took a chair and stood on it. I saw that the
bird's head was on my head! I tried to take it off but it won't
budge. Then I saw that on my hands I had wings and bird feet
instead of my feet! I was worried what to say to my parents and
my older brother. I quickly brushed my teeth and went down.
I tried to convince my parents that it was not a disguise but they put
me in a cage. Luckily, it was Sunday so I didn't miss school.
your food, bird," I heard my mother's voice. I remembered that
yesterday I turned into a strange creature. When my mother opened
the cage, I took the advantage and flew away. I took some rest on
a big mango tree. Then I wondered how to go to school. I had my tests and I had to
go. I flew high in the sky and when I reached school I was afraid
to swoop down to the gate while going so fast. So, I landed on
the terrace. I went to my class and the test was about to
begin. I quietly took my test book and flew to the fan.
Luckily the teacher didn't notice me. After I finished my test I
was about to go to the teacher and ask her if I could go to the
toilet. I stopped myself and waited. When the teacher
called my roll number, I dropped the book on her desk. That was
the time she noticed me and I flew to the toilet. I flew
away. I did the same thing everyday and hid in different
places. At last my tests were over.
day I slept in my nest. I was glad I didn't have to pay for
it. When I got up I found out I had eggs! After around
twenty days they hatched. They were not birds and not
humans. They were creatures like I had turned into. I
suddenly thought of what to name them. I decided to name one Ajay
and the other Vijay. Then I changed my mind and named them Karan
days later I learnt to live like a bird. I ate worms with my beak
and human's food with my mouth. One day I decided to visit my
family. But I visited only my brother then. I told him that
I had turned into a bird and flew in the air to prove it. I said
to him, "You usually take me double seat on the cycle. Now, its
time for me to return the favour. So sit on my back. If it
is a dream we won't get hurt and if it is not a dream I can really
fly". He sat on my back and I flew high in the air.
and Arjun had gone out when I came home. So I went again to my
home and after speaking to my parents for a long, long time, they
started believing me. Then out of the window I saw someone aiming
a gun in the sky. I looked up and was terrified! He was
aiming at Karan! "Karan!", I shouted in bird language, "Come here
at once." Karan obeyed and then called Arjun. The bullet
just missed Karan because I called him and he responded quickly.
"These are my sons." I said to my mother. "Your sons?" my
mother asked. I said that it was strange I got eggs even though I
was a boy and I was not married. I then decided to stay with my
next day I got up and flew to the fan, then swooped out of the window
and had a nice morning fly. Then I went to my window and come
inside my room again. I looked in the mirror but thank God I was
still the strange bird creature and not something else.
happy my sons had a nice home and I was happy for ... just happy!