An innocent dream
“Maisha, wake up from sleep. You'll be late again today."
"Mom, I saw a nightmare last night. Can I skip today?" Maisha said hazily.
"Nightmare is a nightmare. It won't change the reality. Now get fresh and be prepared for your class," her mom was firm this time.
Maisha always keeps an excuse ready for not going to her class. She reads in class 2 in a well-known institution of Dhaka. The reason behind her regularity in the class, frequent success in the exams or anything regarding the discipline is nothing but her mother. As she is the only child, her family is so much meticulous about her.
On that day, Maisha went to school with a gloomy face. Although she put down all the lectures, but she was spiritually absent in the class. At a moment, she noticed that the girl beside her didn't write anything on that class.
Maisha asked her, "Koel, you didn't write anything today. What happened?"
Koel replied, "Actually I forgot to bring my notebook and pen."
Maisha knew that Koel's family was facing some sorts of reduced circumstances. But Koel never reflected it. She didn't even ask for anything from others.
On her way back to home, Maisha asked her mother," Mom, can't we buy some pens and notebooks for some of my friends. Their families can't afford those things." Her mother was pleased to hear that, "Of course, today I'll buy you some pens. Keep one for your own and give the rest to your friends."
Maisha's mother bought her 10 pens. Among them one had a cute barbie doll paint with her protruding head. She instantly chose it as her pen and thanked her mom.
At night, while she was reading, Maisha unconsciously peeked at her pen. It seemed really amazing. She took the pen and wrote down, "If I had a fairy, I would make all my friends' dreams come true." Then she was astounded.
The sentence she wrote began to fade away. Suddenly all the letters were vanished and a fairy appeared before her.
"Princess, I'm at your service. Name a dream of your friend which you want to fulfil."
Maisha was so confused. She thought that she was dreaming. Yet she managed to say, "Koel is one of my friends. Her family can't afford her academic ingredients. Can you help her?"
"Of course I can, princess," said the fairy and disappeared. On the next day, when Maisha went to her school, she found Koel exclaiming, "Girls, you know what, I got something amazing. Someone got me so many necessary pens and the necessary books. I've also got so many story books. Whoever did this, I'm very thankful to him/her."
Maisha was very happy. From then, every night, she called the fairy through her amazing pen and asked to solve her friends' problems. And surprisingly, the fairy never refused.
When the time of exam came, Maisha began to panic so much. One day she called the fairy and said, "I want to stand first this time. Can you help me?"
The fairy remained silent for a while. Then she said, "But that would an oxymoron, my princess. On the first day, you only wished to fulfill others' dreams. You never mentioned of yours." This time Maisha frowned, "But what kind of man doesn't see dreams for himself?"
The fairy smiled, "You're right, princess. Everyone's got some dreams. But doing good in the exam, getting richer etc. cannot be anyone's dreams. They are your aims, your goals. Your parents, relatives, well wishers have a role behind your aim. But nobody will dream a dream for you. It's seen by all you. I can only help you out with your dreams, not aims."
"You're wicked fairy," Maisha rolled her eyes at the fairy and began to cry. But then she realised it and set only one dream in her life.
And that was - ' to help to fulfil others' dreams. '
Tahmid Wasit is a student of class XII, Barishal Cadet College, Barishal