SU'S SURPRISE GIFT
Back from work, I climb up to my room above the flight of stairs.
I see two yellow flowers on my desk. I smile. I know they're from Su, a whimsical girl all of five years old.
She is in the bathroom, brushing her teeth before she goes to sleep.
I sneak into her room and leave one of the two yellow flowers on her bed by her Teddy Bear.
She comes out after brushing.
Yashbhai, did you see the flowers?
Oh! Su, yes I did! They're lovely.
I got them for you when walking back from my swimming class.
Thank you so much Su, they're lovely! But you know what? I had two flowers, so I gave one away to a fairy!
What! Fairy! Fairies are not real.
Of course they are! I thought what will I do with two flowers, so I gave one to the fairy. But thank you again, it was very sweet of you to have got me flowers!
She is still not convinced about my fairy story.
What is the name of the fairy?
Ah...(thinking to myself)...She is called the Spring Fairy!
Spring Fairy!!! Where is she now? I am going to check in your room...
I turn and head towards the bathroom as I shout.
You might want to check in your room instead! *chuckle*
Oooooh! So now I know, you're just making it up Yashbhai!
No, no, go check!
She goes inside. Moments pass. She squeals.
Oh Yashbhai! Look my Teddy took your yellow flower! It was not your Fairy!
Shocked at the logic she came up with, I refute.
No, it was the Fairy. I gave it to her.
She makes a comeback.
No but fairies are not real! My Teddy is real!
Oh, right. So fairies are not real, but your Teddy is!
Yes! It is.
How do you know that?
She whispers in a manner that makes her next few words seem like classified top secret information
Because he talks to me.
What! Talk to you! In which language does he talk? Hindi? Gujarati? Eng...?
Se cuts me off.
Ah, Yashbhai, he talks in English! He is 'a' adult Teddy! He is big!
But adults are not adults because they are big, it's because they are old.
Hmmn.. Thirty years!
I chuckle to myself again. Her mom summons her in the room.
Here Yashbhai, you can keep my Teddy's flower. I remember why there were two flowers on your desk. One was from me, the other one from Hans.
No, no! Thanks for one flower Su. Your Teddy can have the second one.
Her eyes gleam with excitement.
Oh, thank you Yashbhai!
Her mom summons here again. This time louder. Hans, her three year old brother seems to be tearing at his mom's hair in the room.
I proceed to set my dinner plate. A few minutes pass. I listen to faint noises from the room. Then silence.
Suddenly the door opens! She comes running out to the kitchen and shouts.
Yashbhai! My mom says I have to keep the flower in the kitchen!