I opened my eyes and looked out of the window from my ragged bed.Oh no;it’s still dark outside.I hit my face on the pillow and tried to sleep.Why is the dawn still not breaking?
What time it would be now?I again woke up and searched for Lakshmi akka on the floor.She is snoring which indicated a sound sleep.I crawled to her and touched her nose to wake her up.She didn’t wake up.I whispered in her ears,’Akka..what time is it now?’
Get lost was the answer for my question.I jumped back to my bed.Ram who was sleeping next to me had taken away all the space in the bed.So I went to the window and stood on a stool to reach the window bars.The moonlight,the stars and cold air took me back to exactly one year.
Last year this day,a lot of people came here with gifts and chocolates.A month before this day,we were asked to write in papers about the things which we were in need.Unfortunately I wrote for only pen and notebooks.Ram who wrote for car and train got them as gifts.So this time I made sure that I will make a long list of things.I wrote for a car,train,crayons,glittering pens which Saranya got last year and a jeans.Tomorrow again some people will come with the gifts.Looks like tomorrow is somebody named Nehru‘s birthday who was India‘s first prime minister and who is no more.But I love this day.It’s been past three years that a group of people coming here every year with gifts.Last year I sang one song and got a big chocolate which I shared only with Ram.We licked it in front of Saranya who was boasting about the glittering pens which she got that day.Phew!!you should have seen her fat face going red with anger when we mocked her with our chocolate.This year I will also get one glittering pen set.Yaaahoo!!
Last year one pretty akka had come to see us.She kissed me and made me sit on her lap throughout the day.I was so happy when she told that I was looking very cute.
But Lakshmi akka was telling me that those people are showing love to us only because we don’t have parents.I didn’t like her when she told me that because the pretty akka told me that she really liked me and even kissed me while leaving from here.I hope she will come tomorrow too.
‘Karthik..Karthik..wake up..Why are you sleeping on the floor?’
‘Don’t you know that there is a function today?Get ready soon.’
While applying the talc I thought about the jeans I was going to get.I was thrilled to show it off in front Ram and Saranya.
The function started.I searched for my pretty akka but she was missing in the crowd.
One woman came to three of us and said,’oh poor babies..they don’t have parents..don’t worry kids..we have brought you a lot of goodies’
She smelled bad and I didn’t like her.
I was waiting for my name to get called out on the stage.I ran to the podium when they called me to give the gift set for me.
The bad smelled woman gave me the gift and she patted on my head and again said ‘oh poor baby..Happy Children’s Day!!‘
I felt like kicking her when she told me that but I had a better work to do.
I went and sat near Ram.I noticed that my gift packet is larger than his packet.We got up and sat on the stone bench to open our packets.
When I opened my box there was little things inside it.There was no train,no glittering pens and no jeans too.It had some notebooks,some pens,pencils and a pencil box.There was a letter inside the notebook cover.
‘I am sorry Karthik.As I was very busy I couldn’t shop much and didn’t get time to buy the things in your list.Anyway happy children’s day!!May God bless you.We all love you and we are praying for you.
I looked at Ram.Even he didn’t get the things which he had written for.I kept my head on his shoulders and we both cried together.
On the stage that bad smelled ugly woman was shouting
‘Happy Children’s Day’!!
And we silently cried.