The temple was surrounded by an unkempt garden; there were shrubs growing everywhere without restraint; monkeys that loved to jump and play; chirpy birds and any number of creepy worms and beautiful butterflies.
Mother insisted that, on the eve of school examination, I had to visit the temple and seek Lord’s blessings. Every prayer had to end with three circumambulations of the temple.
It was already dark; and I was scared. But still I had to go. I prayed and began to circumambulate the temple with some trepidation.
Backside of temple was poorly lit and every shrub appeared like a sleeping monster. Suddenly power went off. Darkness enveloped me; in an instant every monster in the garden awoke from its slumber.
Scared, I just stood rooted to the ground.
And then, to my astonishment, I saw little stars twinkling everywhere. It was amazing and unbelievable. Some twinkling stars were flitting around me; a couple of stars landed softly on my arm.
Carefully, I pocketed two twinkling stars.
“Why did you catch glow-worms? Release them,” mother admonished me, pointing at my shirt pocket.
“These are stars from the Milky Way.”
But mother was right; I had two glow-worms in my pocket.
I released the glow-worms and still felt elated.
A post for A to Z April (2015) ChallengeG for Glow-worms
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