The birthday gift

Sunday photo fiction, books

Both of them searched every corner of the house with the hope of finding some money. The old clothes, old drawers and cupboards were dusted and thoroughly searched, but with no luck.
“What do we do? We have no money for her gift.”, he said.
“It is okay, she’ll understand dear”, she tried to calm him down.
“But it is her 10th birthday. And as parents we need to make it special for her by giving her a gift at least”
“The I say you give her some of the books that you own. She already looks at them with so much interest. May be it is time for her to start reading some good books”, she suggested.
He wasn’t against the idea because he knew all the books that he owned would someday be hers. But he wanted to give her her own set of books. But he had no choice now.
And she smiled when she saw her birthday gift.
“Grandma, what is the best birthday gift you’ve got?”
“These”, she said as she sniffed the books once again, careful while turning the delicate pages for fear that they would tear. It had become an annual ritual now.
Word Count: 200
This post is written in response to the above picture prompt at Sunday Photo Fiction.
Also linking this to the Daily Prompt’s prompt-Careful
I am participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge.

28 responses to “The birthday gift”

  1. Amrita Basu says:

    That’s my favourite gift too.There’s seriously nothing better than a book as gift for a book lover.Great story Reema

  2. Brian D'souza says:


  3. Nabanita says:

    This is my favourite gift too 🙂

  4. Parul Thakur says:

    What a fabulous story! I have got many books from my Papa and I do cherish them. I even have a book that was bought for me before I was born. I love that one a lot 🙂

  5. Kala Ravi says:

    Beautiful one Reema! Books are more than just memories aren’t they? They become like a Horcrux sometimes I feel….a part of you!!

  6. Iain Kelly says:

    Really loved the coda at the end many years later, made a lovely tale, well written.

  7. Suzy says:

    My favourite gift too.

  8. Soumya` says:

    Give me books any day and I’m a happy soul.

    Sometimes I think that the only reason I might have children is to pass on my books to them 😛

  9. The joy of receiving books as gifts cannot be traded for money. A touching story of rainy phase in life on how it can break parents’ heart but a beautiful, priceless gift would make the child’s day:)

  10. Shalini says:

    Perfect! And I would definitely cherish them all! 🙂

  11. Modern Gypsy says:

    Books certainly make the most perfect gift!

  12. Books are ageless and timeless too. When you gift a good book to someone, it remains with them and the the whole experience of treading it lasts a life time!!!! SO true Reema

  13. Mandibelle16 says:

    Really beautiful tale, how her Dad’s precious books were the most valuable gift she ever received in life; better than Dad purchasing her her own books. What lovely mementos to remember her Dad with and show her Grandchildren when she has aged.

  14. That is really good. I like it. What an amazing reaction to the gift. To make it an annual ritual.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.