It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon . Alia was returning home with her parents after having lunch in her favorite restaurant. Their car stopped at traffic signal . Suddenly Alia saw a bird seller
who was selling beautiful small birds . "Look papa !How Beautiful birds!" ,she cried with excitement . The bird seller came near their car and said "Sir please buy a bird for your kid, she will be very happy" . "Yes please, papa I want a bird , please buy one bird for me!", Alia insisted . "No, no I am not going to buy the bird it is not right to keep it in a cage like that" . Alia used her best weapon, she started crying as all children do when their parents deny to fulfill their demands . Papa became annoyed , he could not find a way to handle the situation . Alia was continuously crying and insisting for buying the bird . Mommy whispered in Papa's ear, " Let her buy the bird, after some time I will convince her to free the bird". At last Papa agreed to buy a bird for Alia though he was not happy with it at all. Alia was extremely happy that she got the bird! She called her friends home, and showed the bird to them.
Many days passed, life was going on normally. One day after returning from school Alia was not feeling well. Mommy took her to the doctor. Doctor told that Alia has got viral fever and she needs to stay at home and take rest for some days. In just two days Alia got bored of staying at home all the time. She couldn't go to school, she couldn't go to park for playing. Her friends' parents did not allow them to go to Alia's house to play as it was a viral disease. She had to eat light and simple food like porridge, milk and bread.
She said to her mother, " I am tired of lying on bed all the day and eating the boring food. I want to go out and play with my friends. I want to eat my favorite food". Mommy replied, " You should do that after you recover from your sickness". At that time an idea came in Mommy's mind to make the little bird free. She said to Alia very politely, " My dear girl, in just two days you got bored of staying at one place, think about that little bird in the cage
which can not go out, can not meet her family and friends. She is unable to eat the favorite fruits which she could eat when she was free. Can't you relate yourself with that bird in this situation?" . Alia looked at the bird in the cage and she realized how sad the bird was . The little bird was looking at her with her innocent eyes. Alia felt that she was saying, " Please make me free. Please let me go out and fly in the open sky. Kindly give me back my freedom". Alia got up from the bed, took the cage, went to the balcony and opened the door of the cage. The little bird flew away in the sky! Little Alia now had understood the importance of freedom.
- Aunt Mary