Years ago when his father and mother died in an road accident, the 19 year old son was left alone being superstitious. The reason behind his staunch superstitious beliefs is nothing more but the depression and loneliness caused due his parents death. He believed his parents died because of some stupid bad omen.
He is now 21, living alone and working since two years. He never paid attention to anything else other than his stupid beliefs. The birds hopped and chirped in his garden, dogs and cats walked and slept lazily around his house but he never bothered to look at them.
It was 10 pm and he was returning home from work. As soon as he reached the main gate of his house, a dog started howling facing towards him. It’s a death omen if dog howls facing towards you. He got very scared and depressed at the thought of his death . He started walking as he is half conscious .Seeing him, the dog gave a sharp bark as him to stop him .The man stood and watched the dog. ‘Why did you got scared when I howled? I was just calling my friends as you have returned back home?’ said the dog.’I would die if you howl facing towards me?’ replied the man.‘I was just giving signals to my friends so that we could provide you a grand welcome to your Sweet house .We observe everyday that you walk home tiredly and live alone!’ said the dog. The man didn’t replied anything and went back home . At night he dozed off thinking about the dog’s words .
As rays of sun entered ,the man’s sleep got over and was then prepared for work. As soon as he stepped out of his house, he remembered yesterday’s incident. He got sad and depressed again and soon then he saw a black cat crossing his path. Seeing him horrified the cat came nearer to him and asked ‘Why did you get scared ? I was just going that side to feed my kittens ? I didn’t want to do so! You are like my friend. I eat your leftovers from the dustbin. Please forgive me friend.’ The man in return said ‘ It’s a bad luck, yesterday I received a death omen’. He went back home and took a day’s leave.
In afternoon he was drinking coffee, sitting in his balcony ,the chirping of birds stole his attention. The birds hopped and played ,and the man enjoyed watching them. One of the bird started hovering over the black cute kitten, the dogs were playing with a old red cloth. It was delightful scene which took off all the stress, worries of man and he was found laughing after such long time. The black cat whom he was talked in morning along with the the dog who howled last night came towards him and said ‘We are just God’s creation as you are! We don’t believe in such beliefs as you do except one – God never created any bad omen, it’s just a hindrance (over thinking) to living our lives the fullest. You are our friend and we want you to be happy. God has send us to act a bridge between him and the living beings.We don’t want to kill or disturb you, dear friend ‘.
The man got emotional and was in a verge of crying.The birds came flying towards him and all of them wished him a very happy birthday. And soon then he realized it was his birthday which he forgot. It was the first time since his parents death that he got happy so much. He asked them ‘How did you all know my birthday ?’ .’We came to know it , from the letter you received from your grandma’ said the dog. And the man realized that he was so depressed that he didn’t even bother to read the letter, assuming it to be an official one. It was his best birthday ever. From this day he stopped believing all superstitions and started loving and caring about animals.
He understood animals are the hidden souls that can always speak, without even making a sound, to another soul.……………..
Note: This story is dedicated and inspired by ‘Mr. Pink nose‘ 💖 my favorite street dog 🐕 whom I talk with, without any words and he understands my emotions without any flaws.