The initial excitement and enthusiasm shown by Mehul during his first few days in school has faded away completely. He doesn’t want to go to school anymore he says. It’s a tough task to get him ready for school every morning. He has become cranky unlike his cheerful self. And he screams at the top of his voice shaking the entire neighbourhood. Thankfully Rahul, Mehul’s older brother, was a sport. He happily hops into the school bus every single day. But then all kids are not the same. After all, he is just three. Aditi thought to herself.
“That must be the milkman.” said Aditi as she buckled up Mehul’s shoes.
“Hurry up! Finish your milk. The bus must be here anytime now.”
While Aditi put the milk pouches into the refrigerator, she heard the school bus honking.
“Rahul, Mehul, pick up your bags and water bottles. I’m coming. The school bus is here.”
As she marched out of the kitchen, she saw Rahul getting out of the front door. Mehul must have already gotten into the bus she thought. As Rahul climbed into the bus, Dinesh bhaiya, the cleaner asked, “Mehul is on leave today?”
Aditi was taken aback. That boy must be up to one of his pranks as usual, she thought. She ran into the house and started looking for him.
“Mehul, come back here right now or else you will have it from me. The bus is waiting.”
The bus honked for a while and then left.
She searched the length and breadth of the house but couldn’t find Mehul.
Beads of sweat ran down her forehead. She was now gasping for breath. Abhay is out-of-town and is expected to reach only by tomorrow night. Aditi decided to call him up as she finally realized that Mehul is nowhere to be seen. Tears rolled down her cheek. She ran into the bedroom, picked up her mobile phone and started dialing Abhay.
That’s when she saw his tiny shoes hanging from the loft of the bedroom.
“Mehul”, she heaved a sigh of relief as she disconnected the call.
“Has he left?”
“Dinesh bhaiya. He is trying to steal my peepee every day. It hurts.”
Aditi stood shocked and motionless before she came to terms with what she just heard.
A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.
It’s not your child’s fault or crankiness. Look beyond what is visible to the eyes.
Here’s the scope of the child abuse issue on ChildHelp.org.
I am with Team #CrimsonRush for the #BarAThon from 1st to 7th August 2016.
This post if written for the prompt ‘tiny shoes‘ for August 5, 2016.