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Keily, the Bookworm- Part 4

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Pic: Keily

Pic: Keily

Dad came home late in the afternoon with ruffled hair and an exhausted hunched back. But when he saw Keily running towards him, he lighted up with a smile. "I became first in class", she said happily. "Here is my result and the gift I got."

Dad was quiet for a second trying to absorb it all. Then he broadened his smile and brightened up. “Of course, you will become first in class, Keily”, he said. “You are Daddy’s daughter no doubt.”

Mom smiled happily in the kitchen, fixing Dad’s lunch.

Later that day guests arrived unannounced. A native couple was visiting them. While the lady guest was busy talking to Keily’s Mom, the man asked Keily, “Which grade are you in?” “I am in grade 2”, Keily said promptly.

Her Dad put in, “Today was her result day.” So the man asked Keily, “What is your position in class?” She answered happily, “First.” “First!” exclaimed the man in wonder. He turned to Dad and said, “You must have guided her in her studies.” Dad said honestly, “No, it was her Mom who taught and counseled her.” The man was even more surprised. “Great”, he said.

Later after the guests left, Dad said to Mom, "Tomorrow the weekend begins. We can visit some family in honor of Keily.” Mom replied, “Which family do you want to visit? It has to be a family where there is a girl of Keily’s age so that they can play happily together for some time.”

“Okay let us visit Rahman’s family. Their youngest daughter is already friends with Keily, and so they can have good times together for an hour or two”, asserted Dad. “Okay”, said Mom.

The next day, in the afternoon, Keily's family, along with the baby in the stroller, walked about a kilometer to reach Rahman’s residence. After the initial “hi hello”, they were asked to sit in the living room.

Keily's friend and playmate, Alexa appeared and indicated to her to come out. They had a beautiful garden and a porch. Alexa put down a mat on the porch and placed her toys, kitchen set, and dolls, and Keily got busy playing, not being aware of time.

After two hours, Mom came to fetch Keily. "We are leaving now. Come on, Keily", she said. Keily didn’t realize how time had flown, and she had been busy, playing and having fun with Alexa all along.

After Keily went to the living room of Alexa’s home, she was bombarded with questions from Alexa’s parents. “How did you manage to do so well in class? Alexa is always behind in class. Who helped you?” Keily replied honestly, “Both the teachers at school and Mom at home helped me,”

Alexa's Dad continued, "Yes, we know you have talented parents to help you out. We are still thinking about how to assist Alexa in her studies. Maybe we will keep a home tutor for her."

“If you don’t want to teach her yourself, maybe a home tutor is the best solution”, said Keily’s Dad.

“Yes”, said Alexa’s Dad, “I think that is a good option. Keily, you are lucky to have brilliant parents to take care of you.” Keily smiled shyly.

Keily’s family left Rahman’s residence and started walking towards home. Keily was quietly thinking, “I only became first in class and got promoted to grade 2. I still have so many grades to wade through. I wonder how the university would be like because Dad teaches university students. Dad can help me out when I am in university. I hope he will even out his temper by then. Anyway, I am so happy and joyous at the moment. Result Day was a special day for me so that I will always treasure it close to my heart."

After reaching home, Dad asked Keily to bring her lessons in which she would do advanced studies again. Keily was highly reluctant. She just wanted to stay with the memories of the day. Unwillingly she brought her books and lessons to the living room where Dad was waiting.

Dad tried very hard not to lose his temper. Evenly, he explained Math to her. Keily got him. Then it got to the harder stuff, and Dad was back at his temper, yelling at her. The baby woke up from the noise and started crying.

Mom had gone to the terrace to hang out laundry. So Dad gave Keily a break and took the baby in his arms and fed her milk from the bottle. Soon the baby was quiet and fell asleep again.

Mom was back from the terrace and saw Keily crying and the baby asleep. Mom got furious.

"Does Keily have to study serious lessons during her vacation?" Mom asked Dad. "This is the time for her to enjoy life. Think about a little recreation and take them to the park as well. I am glad about today's outing. That was perfect. But do you have to get so hard on her? Don't touch her lessons so seriously- after all, it’s her vacation time!”

Dad was speechless for some time and asked her meekly, “Do you want to teach her again?” “Yes, maybe when her school starts again”, said Mom reflectively.

“Keily will fall behind in class if she doesn’t do advanced studies in her lessons”, said Dad. “What do you have to say to that?”

“Teach her slowly”, said Mom. “She is not your engineering student back at the university. She is only a little girl who just got promoted to grade 2. Remember that?”

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Keily, the Bookworm- Part 3

Part-3 shows a frightened Keily sitting for exams, which are gone with the wind in the matter of a little time. Then Result Day approaches, which takes up Keily completely by surprise.

© 2020 Rosina S Khan


Rosina S Khan (author) on May 17, 2020:

Yes, you are right, Brenda. She got to relax and play with her familiar friend, Alexa. It's good Dad thought of giving Keily a break. Thank you for reading and commenting.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 17, 2020:

Nice story.

Glad she got to relax and play

Dad needs to lighten up a bit and let Keily enjoy life. You are only young once.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 24, 2020:

Thank you, Liz, for your constructive comments. Yes, Keily's parents hold different opinions about raising their daughter. And it is sad Keily's father is hard on her during her study lessons. Go on to the next part to find out what happens next.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 24, 2020:

You use narrative well to develop the family relationships. There's a real and vivid difference developing between the attitudes and behaviour of Keily's parents. It's good that she has her mother to look out for her, but it's hard to watch a young child being subjected to such harshness from her father.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 23, 2020:

I am delighted that you like Part 4 as well. Thank you for your insightful comments, Pamela.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 23, 2020:

I am glad Kelly's mother will teach her again as her father's temper will not help her at all. This is another very good chapter.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 21, 2020:

Yes, Mom comes to Keily's rescue whenever Dad gets at her. Stay tuned.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 21, 2020:

Thank heavens Keily has her mother to buffer things between her and her dad.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 20, 2020:

I am happy that you visited again and made generous comments. Thank you so much! Part-5 is up. You may want to read it. I will publish Part-6 this week. So stay tuned.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 20, 2020:

Another lovely chapter! Kelly's mother is establishing boundaries and i love it. Look at all of your comments. Your legend is growing! :)

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 15, 2020:

Thank you, Lora, for your generous and constructive comments. Keily's Dad always pushes her too far while Mom comes to rescue. It's true there's no sense in pursuing academic lessons all the time for Keily and she could as well be enjoying other lighter stuff in life. Part-5 is up. Stay tuned.

Lora Hollings on April 15, 2020:

I'm glad that Keily has a mother that will speak up for her! Often times, parents who are so harsh on their children and don't allow them to have time just to play and discover things on their own can end up taking their children's motivation away and children also can end up having a negative view of themselves when you try to force difficult material on them that they aren't yet ready to learn. He really needs to tone it down with his daughter and let her play and do other activities like swimming, taking her to the park, dancing, painting or even learning an instrument during her vacation and finally giving her a break from school. He could also read to his daughter and engage her mind that way without always having to teach her academics. In the end this could backfire and he could take away her natural love of learning. Maybe it's time the father learn about the needs of children. Very well written, Rosina. I'm really enjoying your story and the insights you are giving the reader about letting children have time to be children! I'm looking forward to reading part five.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 11, 2020:

Thank you, Lorna for your generous and constructive comments. Yes, children should have both the times for play and study, which Keily's mother is trying for Keily so hard. I am very happy you enjoyed the story. Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment.

Lorna Lamon on April 11, 2020:

It was lovely to hear the praise Keily received from the family of her friend, and so important. I think mum is taking a stronger approach as regards her husband. There is a time for study and a time for play, children need both. This is another enjoyable chapter in the life of Keily Rosina and you brought it to life. I enjoyed reading it.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 10, 2020:

Thank you, Martin.

Martin Barrett from USA on April 10, 2020:


Rosina S Khan (author) on April 09, 2020:

Thank you, Riffat.

Riffat Junaid from Pakistan on April 09, 2020:

Nice episode again.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 09, 2020:

Yes, Fran, praise and appreciation are good and modern tools to promote learning. Gone are the days when punishments, whipping and rebuking were used to teach lessons to children. You make a good point here.

Stay tuned until next week.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on April 09, 2020:

Another great article. I think the answer from mom about Kelly not being one of his students hits the nail on the head. She is, after all, only a second-grader. His yelling could stifle her wish to learn. And praise is always good to promote further learning.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 09, 2020:

Thank you, Manatita for your constructive comments. I will take a note of that description of Keily's Dad. Yes, the play between Mom and Dad goes on. LOL.

Stay tuned until next week.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 09, 2020:

Thank you, Chitrangada for your generous comments. I am glad my story brought you back fond memories of your children and your guidance towards them when they were in school and studying.

Stay tuned for the next episode until next week.

manatita44 from london on April 09, 2020:

Lovely! You seem to be doing well with telling your story, even though the 'play' between mom and dad goes on.

Saying, 'and an exhausted hunched back', does not feel right to me. What about 'and a back bent from the weight of exhaustion.'

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 09, 2020:

Beautiful narration of the story, which holds the interest of the readers.

It took me back to those times, when my children were in school and studying. I always encouraged them to have small breaks, in between the extensive studies, and at least one hour of play, in the evening, even during their examination days.

Thanks for sharing this and looking forward to your next.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 09, 2020:

Thank you, Chatra Ram.

CHATRA RAM from BARMER INDIA on April 09, 2020:

nice story

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 09, 2020:

I am glad you like this part. I am happy I was able to make my point across. Thank you for your constructive comments. Stay tuned until next week.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on April 09, 2020:

Another good chapter, Rosina. It is good that everyone was envious or proud of Keily's achievement, but sad that her dad always tries to push her to far.

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