An Innocent Lie
An Innocent Lie3 mins 352 3 mins 352
I was skipping on my roof while my 5 year old son, Aarav was counting it. '55, 56...57, 'dad complete 100 without stopping' he told me in his cute voice. I continued to skip but he stopped counting. I tilted my head towards left and saw admiration in his eyes. I stopped, he was looking at the guava tree just next to our house. There were four parrots sitting on the branch of tree, two of them were busy snacking on a guava while other two sat quietly.
The next day I woke him up with a kiss on his head, "Wake up, it's your birthday, daddy got a gift for you." I took him in my arms to take him to next room where his birthday gift was waiting for him. "Wow Parrot!" He exclaimed, his eyes were glittery. I gave him a chilly to feed it to parrot. "Dad, we will name him Mitthu." That night when we were eating on the dining table, Aarav started a conversation-
Aarav: Dad when we will set free Mitthu?
Me: He will stay with us now, he is a part of our family.
Aarav: What about his family?
Me: They maybe sleeping on a tree now, and it's time now, you should also go to bed.
He gave me a good night kiss and we both went to sleep. Next day, when I came back from office, I saw Aarav crying holding his index finger, which had a small cut and the blood was coming out of it.
Aarav: Mitthu bit my finger.
I applied dettol on it and then put a band-aid on the cut.
Aarav: I was feeding him green chilly when he bit my finger.
Me: From next time be careful and hold the chilly at extreme end.
The next day when I came from office again I found Aarav crying this time holding his middle finger, while I was putting a band-aid on his finger Aarav said-
Aarav: Dad, it's a bad parrot, I don't want it.
Me: From tomorrow, you are not allowed to touch it, I will give Mitthu enough chillies that will last till evening and once I come home, I will feed him again.
Aarav: Dad, I don't want to keep a bad pet, we will set him free
Firmly, I told him no with an angry tone but suspected something fishy. Next day, I started two hours early from office, I peeped from the window, carefully without Aarav noticing it. Aarav was feeding green chillies to Mitthu. After sometime, Aarav looked at the wall clock, it was 5:50 PM. I was surprised to see Aarav, putting his ring finger inside the parrot cage compelling Mitthu to bite it. I understood the whole scenario.
Next Morning while I was skipping, I asked Aarav to bring Mitthu upstairs, once he bought Mitthu on roof I told, "I think, we should set him free, indeed it is a bad parrot
Aarav with a smile on his face said, "Yes dad, I don't like him either, he is really really bad parrot."
I took out Mitthu from the cage and gave it to Aarav, he kissed Mitthu and then gave it a slight push. Mitthu flew and sat on the Guava tree. I looked at Aarav, he was gazing at Mitthu with a great admiration.