Mother Gifts a Magical Mind Box on First Day of SchoolMalhar was very happy today. Why? It was 16th of June, his first day of school, he would step in 5th grade class today. But, that was not the only reason for his happiness. The main reason behind his fountain of excitement was the gift he will get today from his darling Mom.
He still remembered the finger crayons he got on the first day of Jr.KG. Nor did he forgot the sparkling water bottle he got on Sr.KG. This "First Day Of School" gifting has never stopped. Malhar anxiously waited for the gift from his Mother this year too.
"Mumma, what is it this time?", excited Malhar asked his Mother. Deepti smiled and said, "Now you are a grown up, so the gift is special. Very very special !!". Deepti took her Prince's hand in her hand. "Look son, till now I have been giving you things that you could use for a year or two. But this time it is a treasure box, which you may use for your whole life."
Malhar's ears listened to his Mom, but his eyes were searching for the gift!
Seeing his increasing excitement, Deepti quickly went into the study room and returned with a violet color big box in her hand. Guessing from the size of box Malhar shouted, "Oh, wow, mom , is it the same pair of sports shoes i was checking out in the Mall?" Deepti just nodded a "No".
Malhar quickly opened the box. Looking at what was inside, he frowned. To his surprise Deepti had gifted him an "EMPTY" box.
Deepti talked soothingly, "Malhar, beta this box is going to help you several years from now. This is a "Magical Mind Box". To see its magic you will have to charge it up with some positive energy. Before using a mobile you have to charge it with electricity, it works the same way."
"How do I charge it Mom? And how would this box help me after charging it? And where is the charger pin?", Malhar poured his questions one after another.
Deepti started explaining calmly, "Beta, you charge this "Magical Mind box" with your own positive thoughts, your own positive memories and your own achievements." Malhar was stunned but he was getting curious now.
Malhar listened carefully, as his mother continued to explain, "From this day, we will start charging this box. We will keep all your medals and certificates in this. We will keep hardcopies of your valuable photographs here. And most important, whenever you feel very happy about anything, you will write a short note on paper and keep that note in this box."
"But, what if I don't find anything good to write about?", Malhar inquired. "That's the fun about this box, beta, you will have to start seeing the good side of life.", Deepti answered his query.
"I still don't understand Mom.", said Malhar.
"Okay, let me help you", said Deepti. "Do any of your friends get a gift for passing the lower grade or on the first day of higher grade?" Malhar answered, "No".
"See, you got your first note to charge the box.", said the mother with sparkling eyes. Malhar smiled and rushed to get the paper notepad. He wrote, "My mom gifted me on the 1st day of school every year. Finger crayons in Jr.KG. Water bottle in Sr.KG. A magic slate in 1st standard. A toy computer in 2nd grade. Harry Potter story book in 3rd Standard. And in 4th grade she gave me an animal and birds encyclopedia." Mother and son giggled happily and put that not in the "Magical Mind Box".
"But Mom?", Malhar's curious mind still had some questions. "How and when this box will help me?"
"Whenever you need help. This Magical Mind Box will surely help you.", Deepti said assertively, "Whenever you are sad about anything just open up this box. This "Magical Mind Box" will make you happy instantly. God bless you my child. Now hurry up, get ready for school."
Years passed by, Malhar was charging his "Magical Mind Box" regularly. There came a day when he would actually use the magic stored in the box.
NEET results were declared and Malhar missed the top medical college admission list just by 2 marks. He felt so low that he didn't eat lunch and locked himself in the study room. After an hour of killing silence in the house, Deepti walked to the study room and said, "Malhar beta, you need some magic now. Please open the "Magical Mind Box". Let's talk once you feel better with the Magic."
Malhar obeyed his mother. He opened the "Magical Mind Box" which he kept charging since his school days. "Oh my God !! I have won so many medals. Mom and Dad were so happy when I won the Gold medal in the National Science Olympiad.", Malhar exclaimed proudly. The very moment he also felt shameful about the suicidal thoughts coming in his mind for not getting admissions in Mumbai top medical college. He whispered, "God, thank you so much for the best Mom in the world."
At night, the whole family happily discussed his education plans on the dinner table.
A month later, Dad was helping Malhar to put bags in the cab for going to the Airport. Malhar secured admission in Bangalore Medical College. Malhar's parents gave him loads of love and blessings for his future studies. Along with the dreams about a new chapter in his life, Malhar also carried his mother's love and the "Magical Mind Box".
This is an entry to A school box - creative writing contest.