Storytime …..

September 18, 2009

Lila’s Happiness

On a bright summer morning, Lila was skipping along on her way to school. Flowers blooming everywhere, the sun smiling down and the glistening leaves after last night’s rainfall added a special charm to that day. “Just perfect for outside fun”- thought Lila. Watching Lila from afar were her parents. Taking care of the 6 year old was a piece of cake – she woke up on time for school, was quick to laugh and brought cheer to anyone who met her. Her cherubic face framed by curly golden locks always gathered in high ponytails, her tinkling laughter, her endless banter made her everybody’s darling cupcake.

Lila loved going to school.. All her teachers were swell and so were her friends. Mrs Johnson gathered all the little girls and boys around her. It is a beautiful day today, isnt it kids? – asked Mrs J. Yes, Mrs J – yelled the children. Mrs J goes quiet for a few minutes and then pipes up – “It is a pity to waste such a day indoors. Lets have a painting competition outside, shall we?” She didn’t have to wait too long for an answer because the kids were out the door already!

Lila was exuberant. She loved to paint. It was a challenge to keep the colours inside the lines but she loved it. More than filling in colouring books, she loved creating characters and bring them to life with her colours. Mrs J asked the class to come up with something that makes them happy. What makes her the happiest? Is it cookies? Pancakes? Swings? Dances? She thought and thought for sometime. The she set to work.

Minutes later, this is what she came up with.


Her friends are her happiness. Though they squabble a lot, they can’t do without each other. Mrs J smiled to herself when Lila explained the picture and the thought behind it. “Very good, Lila. You have done an impressive job. It is a lesson for life too – cherish your friends because they are your happiness.” praised Mrs J. Elated with the golden star Mrs J awarded her, Lila cartwheeled her way home, thinking how happy mommy and daddy will be when she shows them her golden star.

PS: Today my little niece is turning 6. She drew the above picture of her and her friends.Minnie, wishing you a very happy Birthday. May your life be filled with health, happiness and lots of people who love you dearly.

PPS: This is my first attempt at story writing. I do hope it is good!

PPPS: Ok, the story may be a little too sugary for your taste, but my niece is the sweetest!! šŸ˜‰


18 Responses to “Storytime …..”

  1. Savitha said

    Vow!! Happy birthday Minnie!!

    And Ash,what a storyteller you are?Keep writing:)

    Thanks Savitha … šŸ™‚

  2. Choco said

    A Very Happy 6th Birthday to the little girl who makes amazing sketches and has a wonderful story teller for an aunt! Mwah! šŸ™‚

    šŸ™‚ Thankee ChocoChikka!

  3. Sachin said

    Many happy returns of the day Minnie !

  4. Sachin said

    As for the story .. “What happens next ?”

    You just displayed how much of a movie buff you are with just three little words and a question mark!!

  5. Ramesh said

    Wow – typical thoughtful train post. nice to read, warm to the heart, uplifting for the day and don’t we all love sugary stuff.

    Zhu ni shangri kuai le Minnie !

    From Minnie: č°¢č°¢ä½  Uncle Ramesh. šŸ™‚

    From me: Xie Xie, thanks so much for your lovely comment! šŸ™‚

  6. ajcl said

    happy birthday lil M.. here is wishing u all happiness for a great life ahead..
    cookie- i will only say u pls write more..

    Thank you Appu! šŸ™‚

  7. Preethy Mallan said

    Hello Dearest
    This was the best gift of all;though we r miles apart you’ve made her most happiest by your warm wishes and overwhelmed to read the wishes from friends too for Minnie. She had a wonderful day , surrounded by all her friends in that pic , and is having a relaxing day today. Kudos to your writing .

    P2kka, great to know Minnie had an awesome time. I’m totally delighted that she loved it all! šŸ™‚

  8. Preethy Mallan said

    Ands she also says lots of thank you for the story .She absolutely loves it .

    You are welcome sweetheart, will come up with more stories for you! šŸ™‚

  9. Solilo said


    Happy Birthday to your little niece!

    Thank so much Solilo!! šŸ™‚

  10. Happy B Day lil niece .. you are not lil anymore .. you are all of seven years old … beautiful and condensed … !!

    Great to see you back, LEB! Thanks for all the nice words. šŸ™‚

  11. narayan said

    Nice post , though it took me some where else other than I was expecting.Surprisingly children get happy on things different from what we think will make them do. Very common experience is when we give very expensive toys and some one else gives a very ordinary one the child gets tremendously excited by the simple one.They are, rightly ,not impressed by the cost .So also the little friends, however quarrelsome, will make them dance with happiness especially after a gap.When they are with friends they don’t miss any thing , not even food.
    Happy birth day to dear Minnie.

    Yeah, thats so very true. I sometimes feel costly gifts are given to impress the parents of the child rather than the child!! šŸ™‚

  12. Swaram said

    Happy Bday Sweet Minnie šŸ™‚ U so deserve this sugary sugary post šŸ™‚ That ws one lovely piece of art šŸ™‚

    N Ash, u rock eh! Savitha’s poem and nw ur story – U guys r really gud @ it šŸ™‚

    lovely post .. so well written .. friends r indeed such an integral part of life na šŸ™‚

    Right you are, Swaram!! šŸ™‚

  13. manchitra said

    belated b’day wishes to Minnie.
    poems, now stories… good carry on. we are behind you.

    Thanks CM! šŸ™‚

  14. You have been awarded and tagged by me …!!!

    Thanks LEB. I will pick it up soon.

  15. am I late? happy birthday Minnie šŸ™‚

    the story is fine actually….you could continue the thread and add some twist to it :). we’ll be there to clap and encourage you….the sisterhood and brotherhood of bloggers :)…

    Minnie says “Thank You”.

    I thought the story felt a little incomplete too. The next one will be better, I hope!

  16. Nancy said

    Awwww sho shweet…the picture is lovely šŸ˜€

    Thanks Nancy! šŸ™‚

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