“Lets finish it off. He will be home soon”, instructed Mrs Chitterchatter to Giant Little Kid and the Innocent Baby.

She then peeped over Innocent Baby’s shoulders. She was giving the finishing touches to the greeting card.

“You need not add any more detailing to it”, suggested mother.

“Hmmmm”, came the reply from the lost land.

“Check this out Mom”, called the boy catching her attention to the laptop screen. He proudly showed the final picture of the tag that he had created using photoshop.

“Wow…that’s cool! It has everything that your father loves!”, she exclaimed. “Take a photo print out quickly and stick it to the gifts”

“Children, make sure that you keep it under wraps”, she forewarned the kids.

“Of course, Mom”, replied the boy.

“But we have already wrapped up the gifts. Why another wrapping Mom?”, checked Innocent Baby voicing her doubt.

“Bunny, we don’t have to re wrap the gifts. All you need to make sure is that your Daddy doesn’t get the whiff of it, till tomorrow. Aren’t we planning a surprise for his birthday?”, clarified Mrs Chitterchatter.

“Oh yes. We must not let him know”, agreed the girl with excitement.

By the time, they finished everything, the door bell rang. As was the norm, the little one answered the door. Giving a toothy grin, she hugged her father.

“Yeah… daddy! How was your day?”, she inquired.

“Good. How about you?”, he asked while removing his shoes.

“It was a busy day”, she responded.

“Lots of homework?”, he asked settling on the sofa.

“Not at all. We were busy wrapping and making…. Oops”, she replied biting her tongue.

“Wrapping and making what?”, he probed, growing inquisitive.

Mrs Chitterchatter had rushed to bedroom to hide the gifts and the greeting card. Giant Little Kid was busy tidying up the study table to make sure that no tell a tale signs were left behind.

“We have to keep it under wraps”, whispered Innocent Baby in her father’s ear.

“I will also keep it under wraps. You can share it with me”, assured he, in a low tone.


“Cross my heart”

“We were wrapping the gifts and making greeting card”, she said letting the cat out of the bag.

“For?”, checked father with an inquest.

She hesitated for a moment.

“Don’t you trust Daddy?”

“Yes. But…”

“Gossip mongers, whats going on here?”, asked Mrs Chitterchatter with doubt. She had returned to the living room by then.

Checking the startled looks on the Innocent Baby’s face, she raised her eyebrows.

“Gossip and us? Naah! She was sharing her day’s experience”, answered Mr Balanced.

Did I inform you that Mr Balanced has a knack of presenting the facts in the gentlest way without hurting anyone and without telling lies? He is a master of that art!

“Oh really?”, asked Mrs Chitterchatter as she still had a doubt.

“It’s a deal between us to keep it under wraps”, expressed Mr Balanced.

Mrs Chitterchatter could read between the lines. She tried hard to give an unsparing look to the little one; but a bout of laughter escaped her lips and that ditched her plans.

Exploding into a hearty laugh and giving company to the Mrs Chitterchatter, Mr Balanced said, “I am not aware of any surprise for tomorrow!”

“Oh no…not again”, said the boy who by then had joined the family.

“Not me”, said the girl in the sheepish tone.

“Really?”, grumbled the boy.

The birthday was celebrated a day in advance in order to ring in peace! As a return gift Mr Balanced treated the family with a day long picnic on his birthday.

He had kept this surprise under wraps…

Pictures courtesy Pixabay
This post is part of #BlochatterA2Z and #A2ZChallenge


syncwithdeep · April 12, 2018 at 8:33 am

Hahahhaha.. Wish I could shower all my likes to this beautiful post.. This is the scene in our home. A maintains the secret but I open up. Lovely post and yes, we also celebrate in advance for letting the surprise out.. K is for kaleidoscopic life.

    Anagha Yatin · April 14, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Ohhhh…Thats so kind of you Deepa.

BellyBytes · April 12, 2018 at 9:49 am

what a lovely surprise for everybody! This reminds me of the presents I had kept for my husband’s 60th Under wraps. I had collected around 60 little gifts over the year and wanted to present them to him on THE DAY. But I landed giving them to him much before simply because he said things like : Oh I’m going to get myself a BandhGala and I’d quickly give it to him myself before he ruined my surprise gift…. 🙁 But in a way it became a different game because I’d wonder what he’d come up with each day….

    Anagha Yatin · April 14, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Hahahaha… had a hearty laugh! Thanks Sunita for sharing.

SeemaMisra · April 12, 2018 at 10:05 am

Entertaining short story 🙂 … its always tough for kids to keep secrets. The excitement spills through.


    Anagha Yatin · April 14, 2018 at 10:42 am

    True that! Thanks Seema

Akshata Ram · April 12, 2018 at 10:41 am

This is lovely- that conversation between Innocent Baby and Mr balanced was too good! Made me chuckle. You have a thing with writing great dialogue Anagha!

    Anagha Yatin · April 14, 2018 at 10:42 am

    Made my day Akshata! Thanks dear.

Archana (@yenforblue) · April 12, 2018 at 11:02 am

I guess Mr Balanced was better at keeping things under a wrap!! I am sure it was a wonderful picnic 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · April 14, 2018 at 11:00 am

    Have to check on that Archana. Thanks for visiting.

Mayuri Nidigallu · April 12, 2018 at 11:08 am

At least someone can keep a secret in his adorable family! Good one, Anagha!:)) Made me smile!

    Anagha Yatin · April 14, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Oh, yes, at least one! Hahahaha… Thanks Mayuri

knightofsteel · April 12, 2018 at 11:31 am

Such a feel good story. Something you do really well. You understand a happy family better than most families.

    Anagha Yatin · April 14, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Thats a cool observation, Arjun! Thanks for the compliments.

Balaka · April 12, 2018 at 11:39 am

This is the best so far. Just loved it.

    Anagha Yatin · April 14, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Thank you Balaka for the kind words.

Ramya Abhinand · April 12, 2018 at 11:47 am

I am good in the family when it comes to keeping it all under wraps.. But my kiddos arent, their excitement is never contained and they need to bring it all out in the open.

    Anagha Yatin · April 14, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Envy you for your ability Ramya. Thanks for visiting.

Meena · April 12, 2018 at 1:58 pm

Good for Mr.Balanced. Lovely family outing is the best birthday gift. Great story

    Anagha Yatin · April 12, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks Meena

Dipika Singh · April 12, 2018 at 6:05 pm

Hahaha, Ana this is story from our house 😉 I mean whenever I plan a secret the cat comes out of bag even before the clock struck its time. Be it his birthday or our anniversary or anything for that matter. They will sneak in the corner or make some funny gestures to know what when where 😉

    Anagha Yatin · April 12, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Innocence is not bliss at such times? Thanks Dipika

Iain Kelly · April 12, 2018 at 6:34 pm

Ha, another enjoyable episode. My kids do this too, they can’t keep a surprise secret! 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · April 12, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks Ian.

Shilpa Garg · April 12, 2018 at 6:35 pm

Hahaha! Kids and secrets just dont mix!! This made for such a fun and cute reading, Anagha 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · April 12, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    Thanks Shilpa.

Anshu Bhojnagarwala · April 12, 2018 at 7:43 pm

Such a cute story, anagha. Kids are the best,so innocent they are.

    Anagha Yatin · April 14, 2018 at 11:08 am

    Thanks Anshu for dropping by and appreciation.

milan · April 12, 2018 at 8:22 pm

my kids too cant keep a secret.. lovely read…u have a knack of writing great dialogues.

    Anagha Yatin · April 14, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Thanks for the kind words Milan.

CRD · April 12, 2018 at 8:22 pm

Poor lil innocent baby innocently let the surprise out of the bag.

But what a great guy Mr.Balanced is.

Lovely post!


    Anagha Yatin · April 14, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Thanks Criss. Mr Balanced will be happy to hear the compliment!

sukrisblog · April 12, 2018 at 8:37 pm

Lovely story as usual. Secrets do come out sooner when told to be kept under wraps at my place :)!!

    Anagha Yatin · April 14, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Thanks Sudha

Deepa · April 12, 2018 at 11:07 pm

Haha..little ones can never keep the secret. A fun read Anagha from your interesting closet of fun family incidents. 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · April 14, 2018 at 11:11 am

    Thanks Deepa

Meha Sharma · April 13, 2018 at 2:50 am

Good one Anagha! Loved the last line!

    Anagha Yatin · April 14, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Thanks Meha. Have been lagining in reading the tales from Rainbow Family. Will catch up soon.

An@m! · April 13, 2018 at 7:38 pm

Innocent kids. haha.. such a good one.

    Anagha Yatin · April 14, 2018 at 11:14 am

    Thanks Anami

Aesha · April 14, 2018 at 2:27 pm

So so beautiful and sweet loving family this is. I love your writing style Anagha. I am certainly going to miss the family after April. You will have to write season 2 episodes too.

    Anagha Yatin · April 14, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Oh my my! Thank you so much for the uplifting words Aesha.

mahekg · April 26, 2018 at 12:16 pm

Innocence of the Little One but so cute,, I am sure the family picnic would have been a memorable

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