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Keily, the Bookworm- Part 5

I discovered my passion for writing after I quit my day job. So I began to write fiction stories, self-help books, and articles, blogs, etc.

Pic: Keily

Pic: Keily

Keily was at the park past the river on the opposite side. But it was still within walking distance from home.

She was moving to and fro among the greeneries when a guy of about 17 years handed her a rose- a big beautiful yellow rose.

Keily was most delighted. She showed it to her parents who asked her to thank him. He had already left and was at a distance when Keily screamed at the top of her voice, “Thank you!” The boy from his distance asked, “What?” “Thank you so much!” screamed Keily again. The boy heard this time and said, ”My pleasure.” He was back on his way.

Keily was growing up to a very cute girl and caught the attention of big boys like the one mentioned, and they couldn't help admiring her.

A hawker came along with cold drinks and ice creams. Mom and Keily chose vanilla cone ice creams while Dad chose plain dark chocolate. As Mom and Keily were near to finishing their treat, they found chewing gums at the base of their cones, and they were even happier about their choice of refreshment. Dad was intrigued. He said, “You two won. I will be a winner too the next time when I choose cone ice cream as well.” Mom and Keily grinned, enjoying Dad's comment.

The evening was approaching, and it was time to get home. On reaching home and refreshing, Dad asked Keily, “Which one do you enjoy the most among your lessons?” Keily replied promptly, ”English Workbook.” “Okay”, said Dad. “Since you find it enjoyable, go for it now.”

Keily jumped in happiness, got her English workbook and lead pencil and went to the living room and started working on it.

Dad let Keily work on her own while he chatted with Mom in the bedroom. "June is approaching", he said. "Won't you celebrate the baby's first birthday? How about throwing a party at home?" Mom had forgotten about it among all the chaos in her world. “Yes, I agree- it’s a good idea”, said Mom, beaming in jubilance.

The baby could crawl now but not stand or walk yet.

Mom continued, “I am eager to see her take the first step in walking. She should be walking from any moment now.”

"Yes", said Dad. "It would be a joy to watch her walk all around."

Keily was working on her workbook, and she found great solace and thrill in her work. Mom came to the living room and interrupted, “What are you doing here for so long?” Keily replied, “I am working on my English workbook, and so far, I have completed four chapters.”

“Are you crazy, Keily?” asked Mom. “One chapter would have been enough.” “I found it exciting and couldn’t stop”, admitted Keily.

Keily was actually on her way to becoming a bookworm. When Dad overheard their conversation, he said, "If she likes doing it, what's wrong with it?" “This is her vacation time”, confessed Mom in exasperation. “She needn’t work so hard.”

Soon Mom and Dad got busy preparing for the baby's first birthday. For the whole week, they had visited seven families and invited them to the birthday party they had in mind.

Dad helped Mom by shopping for groceries and necessary ingredients. In several stages, Mom cooked a variety of dishes and baked a three-tier cake and refrigerated them. She decorated the cake herself.

Dad blew air into balloons, inflated them and knotted their mouths with threads, and then he hung them in the dining space, bedroom and living room. While all preparations were being taken, Keily and the baby watched in awe and wonder.

At length, the special day for the baby came. By evening, guests started to arrive. When the seven invited families were in, their children including Keily flocked around the dining table and sang the birthday song while Mom helped the baby cut the cake and blow off the candle. Everyone clapped, and Dad snapped photos on his Canon camera. He took several photos of the whole party.

After the families, along with their children, took their food, dessert and big slices of the cake, they chatted with Keily’s parents for some time and then left, leaving birthday gifts for the baby.

Once more there was peace in the house. Keily silently took her Science book and sheets of white paper and sneaked into the living room.

Mom helped the baby to sleep. Soon Dad nudged Mom to open the gifts. Mom exclaimed, “Where is Keily?” She went into the living room and was shocked to find her there.

“What are you doing, Keily?” asked Mom. Keily replied, “I am practicing Science diagrams on these sheets of paper. They will help me stay ahead of the class when the school reopens."

"Was this Dad's idea?" asked Mom in utter disappointment. Keily said, "No, it was my idea. But I think it will make Dad happy."

Mom started laughing and said, “You are indeed Daddy’s daughter, Keily!”

Dad came in to see what was going on, and he was surprised to see Keily with her lessons all by herself at the late hour. He said, " Yes, Keily, Dad is happy to see you do advanced studies in your lessons. For now, stop your work, and come let's open the baby's gifts.

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Keily, the Bookworm- Part 4

Part-4 narrates Dad's reaction to Keily's exam results, a visit to a family in Keily's honor planned by Dad, Dad losing temper over Keily again during her study lessons at home and Mom’s objection about it.

© 2020 Rosina S Khan


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

Brenda, Keily does know how to write as well. I agree words are a great way to connect with others. Thank you for the visit and also for your insightful comments. Enjoy your day as well.

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

It's nice to see a family sharing time together. Especially on the important dates.

Keily is trying to impress dad with her studies, but I hope she learns to enjoy life along the way.

Loving to read is great...maybe she will learn to write - words are always a great way to connect with others.

Have a great day.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 26, 2020:

Thank you, Bill for your constructive comments. I also hope my story will hold a positive message for children across the globe. You shed some new light on the importance of my main character and story. I am happy to look at it this way.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 26, 2020:

Very nice! I love that your main character loves to read. This is a positive message for other children and I think it is so very important.

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

Thank you, Liz for your nice comments. I really appreciate them. Stay tuned for the next one which is already up.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 24, 2020:

I appreciate the detail about the birthday party preparation. You are developing the characters gradually in each chapter.

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

I am pleased that you enjoyed Part 5. Thank you for your constructive comments. I appreciate them very much, Pamela.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 23, 2020:

Kelly is obviously very smart girl. It seems like things are going better for her all the time. This is a very good story.

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

I am happy that you find the story delightful. Yes, Keily is very interested in doing well academically. And yes, her Dad can be unpredictable at times. Part-6 is up. Thank you, Lora, for reading and making generous comments.

Lora Hollings on April 22, 2020:

A delightful story, Rosina. It looks like Keily is on her way to becoming quite a serious student! It is good to see that her father takes a real interest in celebrating his child's first Birthday too. They are fortunate in having a daughter that is so motivated in her studies. Very good story! I look forward to reading the next episode.

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

Good to see you here, Brenda. I am glad you find Part 5 delightful but you wouldn't get the whole story if you don't read the other parts as well. I really recommend that you do. Thank you for the visit and your wonderful comment.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 21, 2020:

I haven't read the other parts, but this on is delightful.

Nice to see a family doing things together.

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

Yes, Keily is becoming a bookworm. She is starting to take delight in her books and lessons. And she knows that would make her Dad happy. Anyways, Peggy, stay tuned for the next episode this week.

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

Keily is truly starting to become a bookworm matching the title of this series of stories.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 18, 2020:

I am happy that you consider Part-5 to be a nice continuation of an interesting story. Yes, Keily is becoming more mature and cute too.

Stay tuned until next week, Chitrangada.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 18, 2020:

Nice continuation of the story of Keily. It seems that she is growing up into a sensible and sweet girl.

Thanks for sharing another chapter of this interesting story.

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 16, 2020:

I am happy, Lorna, you enjoyed Part-5 a lot. Yes, Keily finds peace in studying her lessons and with that, Dad is also changing, dragging her away from her books on the ocaasion of the baby's birthday. Thank you for your generous and constructive comments. They really mean a lot to me. Stay tuned until next week.

Lorna Lamon on April 16, 2020:

It's lovely to see how Keily is starting to mature and even without Dad's insistence she is quite happy to study herself. This seems to be a more peaceful time in her life and you have portrayed this really well Rosina.

In particular I enjoyed the excitement of the baby's party, and for once Dad had to drag Keily away from her books. Yes she is definitely a little bookworm and very adorable. Another enjoyable chapter - what will happen next?

Rosina S Khan (author) on April 16, 2020:

Yes, there is now happiness in the family because Keily thinks she really enjoys her studies and will curl into a bookworm. LOL! Stay tuned until next week.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on April 16, 2020:

Wow!. Things seem so much better in the family. I believe Kelly has definitely found studying a delight. Glad to see happiness in the family.

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

Thank you, John for enjoying Part-5 and the series. I am delighted to be able to give the readers a wonderful read. Stay tuned until next week.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on April 15, 2020:

You did a good job with this chapter, Rosina. I am enjoying this continuing story about Keily the bookworm.

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