T – Time Flies at The JP house
“No wonder!” exclaimed Raghu suddenly one morning. “It’s stopped working!”
The rest of the family looked at him wondering what had stopped working.
“No doubt his brain!” said Raju, wagging his finger at him.
“The Clock.” said Raghu. “The clock has stopped. I was wondering why the room was so silent.”
The JP Family looked up at the large Time-piece which presided regally on the wall over the dining-table. Yes. It had indeed stopped, after several years of faithfully ticking and tocking. And now the room was noticeably silent.
JayPrakash Uncle tried inserting a new battery. The Aunt shook it gently. The boys tried tapping it. Nothing helped. The Clock seemed to have run out of it’s time. Finally it was taken down and put away.
The Aunt, after a few days of everyone turning up late for everything and blaming it on the Clock-less situation, instructed The Uncle to get a new one.
So a new one was brought home one evening and put up on the wall. A simple square piece of glass to which The Aunt took an instant dislike.
“It’s too transparent…..” she complained. “It’s see-through…… it’s….it’s…. almost naked! I don’t like having my meals with that thing looking down at me!!”
So the piece was brought down in deference to The Aunt’s coy feelings, dressed back in it’s plastic wrapping and put away – as a prospective gift for some unsuspecting person later.
A new Time-Piece took its place. A dainty round thing with a small big hand and a smaller little hand. And cute little flowers instead of the usual numbers.
“Ooooh” gushed The Aunt. “Cho Chweeth!”
The boys didn’t think so.
“That’s a Clock?” wondered one.
“Looks like a garden.’ said the other.
“Can’t see the time.” said the 1st.
“Me neither.” agreed the 2nd.
After a couple of days The Uncle admitted that he couldn’t see the time either. So that came down too and was shifted to the corridor.
Two evenings later, The Uncle came home carrying a large parcel as if it was a trophy.
“An Office gift.” he explained. “And a very timely one!’ He looked pleased with his little pun.
The family gathered around. The gift was unwrapped. Lo and Behold. It was a Clock. An elegant piece with nice big numbers on its face. And that was not all. As The Uncle said, “Wait and watch.”
The family waited and watched; and suddenly when the Clock hand showed the hour, a couple of cute birds flew out of a window and chirped their hearts out! The Aunt was thrilled to bits. The boys clapped their hands in delight and The Uncle almost took a bow, as if he was the Conductor of a Symphony Orchestra!
These days in the JP house Time does not stand still.
With the chirping birds, Time flies!!
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This is the 20th in the series – The Adventures of the JP Family as part of the A to Z Blog Challenge.
Alphabet Illustration – Sudarshan Rao