1. When wishes came true......(Short Story)

1. When wishes came true......(Short Story)

A Chapter by Effervescent Dreams

A story of a lazy little boy and a little bird whose wish to be in each other's shoes simply gets granted ...... and then its not all too rosy as they thought it would be....... Read on...





Terry was a gentle child.  But he was also naughty and lazy like many other children of his age.  Mrs Robins, his mother loved him a lot and did all she could, to keep him happy and contented.  She dealt with him in a loving way, for she wanted him to learn the good things in life in a nice way. He thus grew up enjoying the best in life, and also grew lazier and naughtier.  He was often late for school as he woke up late despite his mother coaxing him to get out of bed on time.  When she called out to him to eat his food on time and to keep his room neat and tidy, he would simply say, “Yes Mamma”, and run away to play. Mrs Robins was at a loss about Terry's ways.......


          One day she told him sternly, “Terry, you are now 8 years old.  Its time you did your homework on time and learnt to keep your room tidy…”


          Before she could finish her sentence, Terry cried out irritably, “Mamma, why should children do all the work?  Why should we humans have so much work to do?    I wish I could just sleep and sleep, and just play and play.  There should be no School to go to and no home work to do…”


          Mrs Robins laughed, “Darling, if we never did any work and just lazed around, then we would not be human beings anymore.  And look, if you study well and work hard, you will become a great man some day!”


But Terry would have none of that.  He looked longingly at the  sparrows chirping in the balcony, and said, “How I wish I was  a sparrow…...”  He got excited at the thought, “Oh! I could simply fly about in the sky,.....no school, no home works, and what more, no rooms to keep tidy.  Wow! Mamma, isn’t that a great idea?  Mamma, I want to be a sparrow……… oh any bird.  Is that possible?"


          Mrs Robns couldn't control her laughter.  She loved talking to her little son.  It thrilled her to trek into the adventurous world, her son often led her into.  So she said thoughtfully,  “Well, you could ask God.”  Then she frowned hard, “ But I wouldn’t like to kiss a sparrow to sleep, or to pack a lunch box for a little sparrow ha ..ha..ha”


          Terry rolled his eyes, “ But Mamma, I told you sparrows don’t go to School”, and off he ran to play.



          Now, there was a little sparrow whose name was Jerry.  He lived with his two brothers and two sisters in a nest outside Terry’s room, in the corner of his balcony.  Jerry was fed up of lying crammed up in the little nest, along with four of his siblings.  There was never a moment of peace, what with his siblings poking around and ‘cheeping’ away all the time.  He often peeped into Terry’s luxurious room through his window and longed to bounce in his downy bed at least once.  He also envied Terry’s wardrobe and his new fifteen geared red bicycle.  He wished he could play a game on Terry’s computer.  Most of all, he wished he could dine at a table like Terry’s, and go to School, so he could become a great man someday (like Terry’s mother often told him).  He wouldn’t mind doing any amount of homework (whatever that was!).


          As he listened to both Mamma and son talking as usual, he started all of a sudden.  What did Mrs Robins say?.... “If you ask God, you could become something else?”  Yes! that was the answer to his questions.  Jerry decided to pray hard to make him human.  If God could answer Terry’s prayers, he would also listen to Jerry.




          That night, Terry and his mother said their daily prayers.  At the end of the prayers, Terry secretly made a special prayer to make him a sparrow!  Outside his room, in the balcony, Jerry and his siblings said their prayers in their nest, and in the end, Jerry made a secret prayer to make him human!  Mrs Robins tucked her little son in bed and covered him with warm blankets.  Winter had begun.  She then kissed him Good Night and smiling at her sleeping son, went away to her room.  Outside in the balcony, Jerry struggled with his siblings to snuggle under his mothers wings, for it was a cold night. 



          Terry struggled in his sleep.  Something was poking him.  What was wrong?  He opened his eyes in annoyance.  He would tell his Mamma about those irritable things in his blankets, and even tell her to tidy his bed properly.  Hey! what was this?  Some tiny birds were sitting around him!  And where on earth was he?  In a tiny bird’s nest? Oh rubbish.  He was dreaming.  He turned round to take another nap.  

Just then something ‘cheeped’, “Jerry, don’t push me like that. I’m falling over Tim.”


 Terry sat bolt upright, “Goodness me !  What am I doing in this bird’s nest?”  Then he shouted, “Listen you Tim, or whatever you are, I am Terry, and not Jerry.  And stop poking me in my ribs.  It hurts.  And do be kind enough to step out of my bed.”  

“Cheep..sheep…cheep, the little bird laughed.  Mamma, here’s Jerry once again on his dream boat.  He thinks he is Terry”.  That’s when he noticed the mother sparrow sitting over them.  

She lovingly tweaked his chest with her beak chirping,” Jerry, now be good to your brother.  I’ll fly around and get some grub for you.”


          Terry couldn’t believe his eyes.  He looked at his tiny body covered with grey and brown feathers like the four other tiny birds with whom he shared his nest.  His nest..did he say?  He opened his mouth to call his Mamma.  But all he could utter was ‘cheep’-‘cheep’.

 He looked across the window…..his bedroom window.... and saw his Mamma pulling down the blankets of his bed, calling out as usual,” Terry darling, wake up!  It’s 6 in the morning.  Go brush your teeth.”  It was Mrs Robins going about her usual routine in the morning.  

A little boy, who looked like him slowly moved under the blankets.  He opened his dreamy eyes and said, “Good Morning Mamma”.  His mother kissed him, enveloping him in a warm hug, and led him to the bathroom. 


That was when the shocking truth dawned on Terry.  He was no longer a boy.  He was a little bird!  How on earth did this happen?  He looked for his hands, his pajamas, his bed.  But all he saw were feathers, twigs and bird droppings.  Yuck…. Terry wanted to puke.  What a dirty nest!  His mother came to the balcony to hang some clothes.  

Terry climbed over Tim and peeping out of the nest, cried out, “Mamma, I’m your Terry.  Please take me out of this horrible place”. 

 But Mrs Robins finished her work and paying no heed to him, went inside.  Terry and Tim stumbled into the bottom of the nest.  He heard a strangled ‘cheep’ from Tim, as he regained his balance.  

Another of the tiny birds scrambled up to him and angrily said, “Jerry, when will you stop calling your own home dirty and wishing you were human?”.  It was Julie, as he learned later, the kindest of all his siblings in the nest.  “Mummy really loves you.  Or else she would have pushed you out of our nest”. 

Terry yelled, “Shut Up!”.


Terry had begun to feel hungry, and hoped that the mother sparrow would bring some pizzas or cakes for breakfast.  Just then a shadow fell over them, as the mother sparrow landed on the nest with a jerk, and he almost fell out. But the mother sparrow held him with her strong wings.  Then he saw a strange sight.  The other four birds had put up their heads and opened their beaks towards the mother sparrow.  Soon, the mother sparrow deposited a worm each into their tiny beaks.  This was followed by sounds of munching and crunching as the little birds devoured their breakfast.  The mother bird turned to Terry, urging him to open his beak.  But he retched at the sight of the wriggling worm that dangled from her beak.  Immediately the worm was snatched away by the other tiny birds. 


After this the mother bird chirped, “Children, today I’ll teach you to fly.  Follow me.”  So saying she flew out and sat on a branch outside the balcony.  The four little birds flapped their tiny wings, flew a little, and fell down.  

The mother bird chirped, “Come on, come on try again.”   Again the little birds lifted their wings and flew a little more and plopped into the nest right on Terry’s head.  

“Ow!”, Terry howled, “You rogues, you have hurt me”  He began to hit at them with his wings.. 

Just then the mother bird came flying and pushing him out of the nest, said,” Fly with me”.  

Feeling ridiculous, he flapped his wings and… wonder of wonders, he went soaring up with the wind and landed on the branch next to the mother bird!  The mother bird pecked him lovingly around his neck, saying,” That’s my boy!”


Back in the nest, he looked into the window.  There was he, no, the bird Jerry, turned human, biting into a cheese pizza.  His mother was bringing along a cake for that horrible bird!  She really believed that it was her darling son, Terry! 


He began to sob, but soon his stomach rumbled with hunger pangs and he turned to the mother sparrow.  To his surprise, there she was waiting patiently with a juicy worm to drop into his open beak.  He shut his eyes and stomached the wriggling stuff.  His stomach felt better.  

Soon, he was enveloped in a warm bird hug, as the mother bird chirped, “You are going to be strong one day”.  The mother bird was indeed loving and caring.  But all the same, he missed his Mamma....sob!  


Hey! there was his real Mamma smiling at him.   She dropped something in front of the nest and walked into the house.  

Mother bird said, “Come children, Mrs Robins has given us goodies”.  He flew out of the nest along with the others and landed on the floor of the balcony.  There lay some left over crumbs from the pizza.  He picked up as much as he could.  They still tasted good.


Night came, and with it came, cold wind.  The mother sparrow dropped some feathers into the nest and made a cozy mattress for all five to snuggle in and then she spread her wings and settled over them.  She felt a bit heavy, but Terry at least felt warm, and soon nodded off, even forgetting to pray.  

He woke up in the morning, with the familiar sound of his Mamma  calling Jerry to get up. The nest stank of all the bird droppings, but no one seemed to care.  The mother bird had gone to get more worms for them.  After a breakfast of  wriggly worms, they had more flying lessons, in which Terry outdid all. 

 As he flew, he saw Jerry in a smart uniform, going off to School in his red and blue school bus.  He had hung Terry’s satchel over his shoulder.  Terry choked with sorrow, but felt helpless. More worms and more crumbs. 


In the afternoon, he saw Jerry coming back from school.  Oh how dirty he looked!  He had messed up the uniform.  Mamma was shocked to see Jerry in such a disheveled state.  But she soon gave him a bath and after lunch, settled him to do his homework. 

 But Jerry would have none of it.  He said, “I want to go ride the bicycle”.  

Mamma said, “Terry dear, finish your homework first, and then you may go out to play”.  

But Jerry simply yelled back at her, “Don’t call me Terry, I am Jerry.  And I don’t want to do any home work or whatever you may call it”.  

 Terry was pained to see the look of hurt on his mother’s face.  How could some chit of a bird be so rude to his dear Mamma!  If only he could give him a good thrashing! 


Suddenly he paused to think, “Hadn’t he also been uncaring and rude with his Mamma, even though she had loved him always?  He also had disliked going to school, and most of all, doing his homework.”.  

He peeped into the room that had once been his.  It looked so untidy.  Clothes and towels were strewn around.  Some books lay on the floor.  Oh, that was his favourite book of bed time stories!  A little tear drop rolled out of his eyes.  

Tim cried out, “Jerry, don’t pee on me”.  

He quickly wiped his eyes. The mother sparrow looked lovingly at her son Jerry in the nest.  She knew something was troubling him, but she also knew that time would heal all.  She wrapped him more closely in her wings.


Days passed.  Terry could see from his nest that Jerry was not at all pleased to be human.  He had a foul temper and talked rudely to his Mamma.   Mrs Robins was also losing patience with her incorrigible son. 

Terry tried to be good, but life in the nest and the diet of worms and crumbs was making him sick.  The mother sparrow grew concerned about the failing health of her son.


It was a clear sky.  The round moon sailed through the clouds.  Terry gazed up into the night sky and saw the stars twinkling.  Suddenly  his Mamma’s words flashed in his mind, “God in heaven listens to little children’s prayers…”  

He shut his eyes and prayed, “Dear God, hope you understand a bird’s language.  I am actually Terry.  Of course you know that, for you are God.  I miss my Mamma very much.  I promise I’ll be good and obedient to my Mamma.  I will also do my home work and keep my room neat and tidy.  Please please make me a boy as I was, once again…”


Inside the room, from within the blankets’ another prayer rose heavenwards“God, I am Jerry.  I am fed up of life as a little boy.  I want to be back in my cozy nest with my brothers and sisters.  I also want to be free from all the School work and the pains of tidying up my room every day.  Please God…..”


Terry woke up in the morning to find himself huddled within the folds of a warm blanket….. and to the sound of chirping of sparrows in the balcony.  Excited, he flung aside his blankets and jumped out of his bed.  It was ten minutes to six in the morning. 

 An alarm went off in the next bedroom.  Jumping out of bed, he ran to his Mamma’s room, and threw himself on her as she was getting getting out of bed.  He hugged her and said, “Good Morning Mamma!”


“Good Morning darling!  Hey Terry, You at this hour?  What happened?  Had a bad dream?  Oh my poor child.  I was a bit tough on you last night”.  

She held him in her lap and rocked him.  “No Mamma.  I’m just fine.  I did have a bad dream.  But it’s all over.  Now I’ll be a good boy.  I shall do all my homework on time and I’ll also keep my room tidy”. Terry assured his mother. 


He bustled about getting ready for School.  Oh!, what a pleasure it was to move about in his own room, …to wear clean clothes …and to eat the best food on earth!. Just then he caught a whiff of cheese sandwiches.  His mother called him for breakfast.  “Any worms in here?” Terry asked turning the sandwiches in his little hands. 

 “Worms?”, his mother frowned hard, “Where did you ever get such a thought?”.  “Oh just a thought”, said Terry attacking the sandwiches with ravenous appetite, as his mother looked on  wonder struck.


The School bus left with the children and Terry.  Mrs Robins bustled about her work in the house, as she mused, “Oh these children.  He'd been  simply unmanageable a few days ago, and now he turns up as pure as a saint!  She shook her head in amazement.



          There after Mrs Robins didn't have any trying time with her son.  He'd turned a new leaf for good.  He had become responsible and disciplined.  His teachers praised him for his good work at school.  They appreciated Mrs Robins for bringing him up so well!


Terry had also become kind with the birds in the balcony.  Mrs. Robins was delighted to see him share most of his snacks with the little birds.  What more, she was amused to hear him call them by cute names, - Jerry, Tim, Joe, Susie and Julie!  He confided in her that Julie was his favourite.  Mrs Robins was assured at last that her son was going to be a great man one day! 


          Mamma sparrow and her little birds were also greatly impressed with Jerry’s new behaviour.  He no longer wanted to be Terry or any other human being.  He had also become very kind with his siblings.  Mamma sparrow called out, “Come children, time to fly off”, and soared into the sky, followed by her grown up children.  This time they were headed for newer pastures!.


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Hi readers!

This is a bed time story I made up for my naughty little son, when I ran out of all that I'd read in children's story books. My son was too impressed with the story, and even intrigued by the plot.  Further, to avoid and to detect any unforeseen or accidental switches, the two of us made up a password...... to verify...just in case.............. :)

© 2015 Effervescent Dreams

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Wonderful story! just enjoyed reading it Effervescent Dreams. Only if we could really switch to any other creature when we get bored would be simply superb!

Posted 2 Years Ago

nice work

Posted 8 Years Ago

Truly beautiful. Loved it :)

Posted 9 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Effervescent Dreams

8 Years Ago

Thanks dear :)
poonam nauroji

8 Years Ago

very nicely written
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Added on November 25, 2013
Last Updated on October 15, 2015
Tags: LIttle boy, sparrow, cakes, wishes, prayer, school


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