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Rodrick’s Father.

Rodrick’s father was a very strict man. He would run his house on strict discipline. An inch of deviation and the deviating person would have to face his ire. Now Rodrick was his darling son but Mathew (Rodrick’s father) was stricter with him as Rodrick was a growing kid and he felt the children who are growing up need more discipline and regularity in their work and life.

The rules which Rodrick had to follow were:-

*Getting up at 5:00 am early in the morning.

*Doing exercises for about an hour.

*Then performing the Surya Namaskar.

*Before going to school revising what had been taught the previous day.

*After coming home from school, an hour of sleep.

*Two hours continuous study and then playing in the evening for an hour.

*Watching on T.V. for thirty minutes.

*Computer games for thirty minutes.

*Then again study for two hours.

*Have dinner.

*Read story books for thirty minutes.

*The go to bed at 10:30 pm.

This was Rodrick’s daily routine without a variation.

With that there were few other rules also. Rodrick couldn’t have chocolates, ice creams in which chocolate was present and any chocolaty food. This was his father’s rule.

On the other hand Rodrick loved having chocolates. His heart would go out to the chocolates but he was helpless. In this matter of chocolates, Rodrick’s mother was his best friend. She understood that he liked chocolates, so she would take him on shopping trips and would buy him big chocolate bars and Rodrick had to finish up the bar of chocolate before reaching home. She would tell him-“Finish it up quickly, don’t take it home.” Rodrick would listen to her like an obedient child.

Even at school whenever somebody would give him a toffee or a chocolate, he would have it in the tiffin break.

It was a sad situation for him.

One day Rodrick was playing in the evening with a tennis ball which he used to carry with him to school. His mother had bought him two tennis balls. So he had kept one in the drawer and the other was the one with which he was playing. That night he went to sleep without putting the ball back into the bag. At nearly twelve when he woke up as he was feeling restless, he remembered that he had forgotten to keep the ball back into the bag. When he got up, he could hear television sounds. He knew that his father used to watch late night movies, so he didn’t bother. When he was searching for the ball, he came near the drawing room and heard the sound of something being unwrapped. He took a peep from behind the curtains (he didn’t the have the courage to look directly inside the drawing room where his father was watching the television) and what did he see? He saw his father unwrapping a cadbury chocolate bar. He couldn’t believe his eyes, so he took a closer look and he clearly saw his highly strict father taking a big bite of the chocolate bar.

Rodrick immediately rushed to his mother, woke her up and took her to the drawing room.

On seeing her husband amazingly eating chocolate, she thought that she was dreaming, but when she saw him taking bites after bites she realized that she was not dreaming.

She entered the room. Her husband, who upon noticing his wife and son in the room, looked very startled. She asked him-“You are eating chocolates? You always advise us not to eat chocolates and yet you are eating chocolates like a school kid.”

Mathew-“I was hungry. So I was eating it. Today in my office, a colleague gave us all a bar of chocolate each as his son had scored well in the exams.”

His wife-“So? It’s your rule that chocolates are bad for teeth, then how can you break it when we all follow it religiously.”

Mathew-“For eating chocolates, you need strong and mature teeth, which only I have.”

His wife-“That’s plain hypocrisy. I know that when you were little you had lost two of your teeth to cavities due to eating chocolates, yet you deviate from your own law.”

Mathew-“See that’s the reason I strongly say no to chocolates.”

His wife-“Yet at midnight you are eating it. From today onwards there shall be no ban on chocolates. My son can have atleast half a bar of chocolate everyday and I shall take care, that he doesn’t develop cavities.”

Mathew knew he was defeated, so he regained his role as the head of the family and in a solemn and strict voice-“Do as you please, but please let me watch the remaining part of the movie in peace.”

Rodrick hugged his mother, for he knew that  from that day onwards, no one would stop him from eating chocolates at his home and Rodrick’s mother was also very happy, as she too liked chocolates and often thought of using them in her dessert dishes, but refrained from doing so as her husband had banned it.

The whispers said that even Mathew was happy as he too liked chocolates, but couldn’t eat them as he was afraid of his own built up rule.

After this Mathew became more of a friend to his son and their relationship was thousand times better and chocolaty.
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Happy Halloween- Trick or Treat?

photo of children in halloween costumes smiling

Say it aloud-“TRICK OR TREAT”. 31st October 2018 is the Halloween day for all across the world.

Halloween is celebrated throughout America, with children dressing up in supposed to be scary dresses and asking for trick or treat from each and every houseldhold, save those nasty neighbours. They all are tough nuts to crack.

Humongous sized pumpkins on which scary faces are cut out, are worn by children as head gear, but generally it does not fit them well. Their heads keep on bobbling inside it and try as much as they, whenever children try to say-“trick or treat”, the pumpkin slides down over their heads and they can’t see anything. Again jerking their heads in an upward motion they say aloud-“trick or treat?”

But I don’t get what trick or treat means. When the whole motive of saying “trick or treat” is collecting lucrative chocolates, then why say “trick”? Just go with “treat”. But it has been a tradition for years together and once upon a time a child who used to say –“ trick or treat” in his neighbourhood is now a grandfather, his children have also passed their childhood celebrating these age old tradition and now the grand kids are asking him for “trick or treat”, but he too is a clever one and a notch above them. When asked –“trick or treat”, he simply brings out his pair of false teeth and offers them to his grand kids, trying to scare them.After all it is Halloween, but seeing him do this again and again his grand kids now try hide the glass in which he keeps his false teeth before Halloween night, and grudgingly he has to give them the nice and best of the chocolates from his hidden collection of chocolates which he keeps locked in a safe place. He has not given up being a kid as still buys tasty nut chocolates and hides them from everyone.

woman wearing halloween costume

Scaring someone on Halloween day has been a part of the tradition too, but it is not a favourable part of the celebrations. Legends act as a part of our core, but anything good out of it must be preserved. For little children, Halloween is a part of collecting a magnanimous heap of beautiful chocolates and the dressing up the part of someone scary is the most exciting aspect of it and thrill it gives is almost like reaching the top of Mount Everest.

At the end of the day or “night”, coming home and counting the stash of chocolates gives so much happiness, that any children would remain happy for rest of the year. Then comes the bragging with friends and it is a fun time for all.

Celebrate Halloween very happily with family and friends and be happy.

Happy Halloween.

ONLY TREAT & no trick.

Everything and anything good is God Almighty’s treat.He doesn’t trick.

boy and girl playing with pumpkins

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