A loud, heart-piercing wail made Vaijayanti dash out from the kitchen to the children’s bedroom where she had asked her smarty pant Arpan to keep an eye on his baby sister Divya who was sleeping in her crib.

Shocked to see Arpan with a paper clip in his hand and a few more laying on the floor, bending over the crib with his feet dangling in the air, she snapped, “What are you up to Arpan?”, while Divya’s sobbing accentuated the disquieting scene.

“Aai, I am trying to put Divya’s tummy together with these paper clips, just as Baba does for keeping papers together”, replied Arpan innocently pointing to Divya’s swollen belly button which was nothing but umbilical hernia and marvelling why his mother was not rewarding him for his sagacity!

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Aai: Marathi for mother  /  Baba: Marathi for father
This is my 10th and last post as part of #BlogchatterHalfMarathon by @Blogchatter. Thank you dear reader for being with me, cheering me throughout. Without your support and encouragement, I would not have completed this half marathon successfully.
Previously in this series…
Week 1 (01/08 – 07/08) posts: Awakening / Contrast / Deserted Desert / Faceless / Game of Life
Week 2 (08/08 – 15/08) posts: Helping Hand / Sanctum Sanctorum /  Timeless Gift / Worth My Eyeteeth
Categories: FictionShort Story


Shweta Suresh · August 13, 2021 at 11:39 am

Oh no. He’s in a lot of trouble! Poor Divya

Anindya · August 13, 2021 at 9:01 pm

Short and wicked tale of an innocent brat……hope he understands what he is doing 🙂

chinmayeecreations · August 14, 2021 at 9:31 pm

This is so well crafted. Hope Arpan did understand what he was up to !

yogitaamitjoshi · September 22, 2021 at 1:30 am

Very well written.. loved reading it

Paresh Godhwani · September 25, 2021 at 10:10 am

Great story to describe the problem. Children always gives us ray hope through their innocence.

NFC Tecnológico · February 18, 2024 at 11:57 pm

“Your posts are the constellation of motivation and gratitude that lights up our nights. Thank you for the sparkling stars in the vast sky of inspiration!”

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