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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.

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