Chirp. Chirp. The birds chirped. The morning sun was rising.
Sundelli followed the laughing men as he tugged along his heavy diary. He found it difficult to keep pace with the men but it did not deter him for he was curious to find where the men were going. He ran as fast as his small legs can take him, yet avoiding to be seen by them.
The men stopped at a small room tucked away in the corner of the city. From the room emitted a light which was quite different from the rest he had seen. As he drew closer, the light became brighter. Sundelli did not want to get caught entering the main door, so he slipped away and entered from the backdoor.
“There is something different about this place”, he thought to himself.
When he entered the room, he saw a few cows lying down, two sheep were bleating and a horse tied at the corner of the room. In the middle of the room, he saw a young woman. He recognized her immediately. She was the kind woman who had given him bread and cheese, he thought to himself.
“I wonder if she has anything better to give me today”, he muttered to himself.
Next to the beautiful young woman, he saw a handsome man piling the hay to one side of the room.
Sundelli looked around wondering from where was the light coming. He noticed that the light was emitting from the stone trough. He was curious and wondered what was in it.
Sundelli was surprised when he saw the woman bend down, reached her hands into the trough, and picked up a baby and cradled him in her arms. He gasped. The source of the light was the baby! The light was so bright that it seemed to fill the world. Sundelli’s eyes turned wide with amazement. At that instant, the baby looked straight at him. The baby smiled and gurgled something in baby language.
It sounded something like, Puthiyathu. The baby looked at Sundelli and repeated the same word, Puthiyathu. It dawned on Sundaelli maybe that was a name that the baby was calling him. No one had given him a name before. It definitely sounded much better than Sundelli53.
He was happy, in fact, overjoyed.
After a while, the woman carried the baby and placed him back in the trough. The men with the sheep followed her and surrounded the trough.
Sundelli wanted to take a closer look at the trough because he too was drawn to the light.
When he came near it, his little feet tapped against something in the straw. Sundelli pushed the straw away with his tiny hands and feet. And underneath the straw, he found a shiny book with little stars and hearts on it. He turned the cover, it was a brand new book. There was nothing written on it.
He was excited because he found a new book to write his story. He noticed that while running to the baby, he lost his old heavy diary in the hay. He thought to himself, “This book was much lighter and easier to carry, much better than the heavy book I carried all along.
He ran across the room with his new shiny book. He went to the corner of the room, opened his book and wrote in bold –
Presented to Pudiyathu
Light of the World
He smiled and closed his newfound book.
Pudiyathu walked out of the room into the city as the sun shone brightly in the sky.
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