As soon as I saw the word prompt, ‘island’, I remembered the story that I loved as a child. I remember asking my dad to tell me this a lot of times. I remember sitting in his lap and listening intently while he read. He used to make me read the tale too. I don’t remember the book from which we read it nor the author, which i am sorry about. I’d like to share the story as much as i remember it.
The island of gold…
Once upon a time, there was a family in which lived a rude mother-in-law and a kind daughter-in-law. One day, going to the temple, the mother-in-law tells the daughter-in-law to take care of the house while she is away.
After a little while, a hungry man comes begging for food. Looking at him, the woman feeds him with compassion. He blesses her with fortune and leaves. When the mother-in-law returns, the lady tells her what all happened happily. The mother-in-law becomes furious and shouts at the lady and necks her out of the house saying she is a threat to her wealth.
The lady walks alone in tears and gets lost in the woods. As it begins to rain, the lady finds a huge tree and sits in it’s trunk for shelter. She falls asleep, exhausted.
Two devils come to the branches of the tree in the middle of the night. The lady wakes up on hearing voices of devils. The devils discuss about where to go. One of those says to the other, “Let’s go to the island of gold and play” and the other agrees. The devils pull the tree with its roots and fly on it with a great speed. The lady on realizing that the tree is their vehicle, feels terrified yet keeps calm.
The tree is flown to a beautiful island where everything is glittering and made of gold. The devils leave the tree at a place and go away for playing. The lady comes out of the trunk and is amazed by the golden island. She tucks some gold in her dress and goes back into the trunk of the tree.
The devils return after a while and fly the tree back to the place where the tree was originally standing and leave it there. The lady goes back to her home the next morning, hoping her mother-in-law would be pleased and would allow her in. She gives the gold to her mother in law and tells her the whole story.
The mother-in-law lets her in and calls her an idiot for bringing so less. The mother-in-law takes two huge empty sacks and goes to the same tree and sits in its trunk, waiting for the devils. The devils come by, like every day and start discussing about where to go. One says, “Where shall we fly today?’ and the other answers, ” Lets fly to the island of meat. I am starving.” Hearing this the anxious mother-in-law shouts, “Go to the island of gold”.
The devils realize that someone has known about their travels. Devils assure her saying, “sure sure.” They take the tree high up and leave it from there.
The moral of the story is, do not get greedy. The greedy mother-in-law met her fate. And good comes out of good, feeding the hungry brought fortune to the lady.
It was a story for children with a beautiful message. I am grateful to my dad who brought me up with so many stories that carried messages, which shaped me into who I am today. I am thankful to all those writers of the children’s books. The books have taught me to read, write, learn and evolve. And thanks to daily post for bringing back those precious memories…
In response to daily prompt, ‘island’