Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Orange and Charlie



The hunter’s bullet just missed the aim but flew close enough for the little Robin bird flying in the sky to get traumatized and take shelter on the tree nearby. It was an Orange tree and the bird settled down at one of the bottom most braches of the tree. The bird may have not been smart enough to understand what the tiny piece of metal which came towards it was but, after settling down, the bird was definitely smart enough to realize that the tree it was sitting on had some fruit. While the bird was struggling to get hold of one, it was also successful in dropping three of those on to the ground and while this drama was happening on the tree, the village postman who was passing under the tree picked up a couple of fallen Oranges with an intention of giving it at the house in village, where a baby was born not a while ago.
The postman arrived at the house of the boy who had already started walking to his surprise, the boy’s face lit up at the very sight of the fruit even though little did he know about how to eat this fruit. Soon after the baby was given the fruit, the baby’s elder brother who just started his school grabbed the other Orange and sprinted back into the house while his dad came out to collect the post. “Charlieeeee, come back and say thank you to the post master” the boy’s father yelled, and soon after he was acknowledged by the sweetest and most innocent voice in town “thank youuuu” from inside, the postman smiled and left. Charlie was busy burying this fruit in his backpack as he wanted to save it for the lunch at school next day. The following day when the time had come for him to savor his much beloved fruit he made sure that he took the biggest bite possible from it and the very instant he did that his face went red, his eyes moisturized and his tongue went sour & bitter. It was the bitterest thing Charlie had ever tasted in his life and in rage he threw the remaining piece of Orange as hard as he can and dropped his head down on the table completely dejected and heart broken. He soon started hearing sounds of laughter and looked up to the entire canteen laughing wildly and that very instant he realized that to his misfortune the Orange had found the back of a high school teacher who was leaving the canteen, the teacher turned back instantly only to realize the canteen full of students laughing at him. The teacher would not say a thing instead went quietly towards Charlie, gave him the scariest looks the boy had seen and then simply left the room. This was the look Charlie would never forgot, and today, years later on his day of the graduation while everybody was busy making plans to celebrate the success Charlie was in the corner, sitting and staring at his grade sheet in utter disbelief because between the cluster of A and A- on his Grade Sheet there was this one bold C. While looking at the C He could still see the same scary look of he saw in his professor’s eyes years ago when he threw that Orange at him. What this meant was that Charlie now will not be going to the college he always dreamed to attend but instead he would have to settle for something else. “Damn Orange” he regretted and left the scene. This was not the first time Charlie used those words but all his friends must have heard him say it at least once every academic year when he used to pass the high school professor as Charlie knew very well that he needed to pass a course under him to graduate. It’s not strange to imagine that Charlie had a butterfly effect analogy for whatever bad has happened to him in life after that and connected them to the Orange incident. “I should have never eaten that Orange, actually I should have never bought it to the school but at the first case I should have not taken it from the post master” and on and on and on he would go back through the time.
As expected Charlie would spend most of his undergrad years cursing the Orange. He would do that when he got low grades in class, he would do that when he did not like the scenery at the new place and he would also be so negative to blame the Orange if he got wet in rain while walking back to his house as he would think the only reason to be in this new place and different school other than what he dreamed of was that Orange. He would never eat an Orange ever again and would never look at one when he passed them. He would like to see himself caught in a bear’s claw in his dreams rather than see Oranges; such was his hatred over years. Some once even overheard Charlie express his wish to win a lottery, invest and grow an Orange tree farm and then burn it all down and build a house on the ashes.
When Charlie got a job he was very excited to move to a new place but he would not leave behind his Orange-Blame ideology. He once overheard two of his colleagues discussing a book which highlighted how Oranges are the sweetest on the top of the tree and the how the Oranges at the southern and northern end of tree would be different. Charlie shook his head and uttered slowly “I would never like to meet its author, a guy with so much love for Oranges and I can never be friend”. As years passed Charlie became much focused on work and investments, he always wanted his career and his life partner to be special. He was in a point of life where money started flowing in and he had established his name. Soon he started realizing that he was nearing an age where he should settle down but never did he want to marry someone he did not understand, he knew he did not have that time for himself due to the excessive amounts of time he gave to his work. He still was the old Charlie who though if only he would have studies in his dream university he would have been in this position years ago and he would have had more time for himself than work, “Damn Orange”. 

He started walking toward his apartment with these thoughts and it was one of those nights where Charlie would stay late in his office just sitting and thinking deeply gulping down gallons of coffee. He was just about to cross the street before his house when a girl came in full speed and hit him with her bicycle she was riding. He got up; picked that girl up and set her bicycle straight. He was about to say something and at that instance his glare fell on his old foe fruit the girl was carrying in a bag. It’s not your fault he said while the girl was all set to apologize. “What do you mean it’s not my fault? of course it’s my fault, I was the one who was careless enough to notice that the bag of Oranges I hung on my handle was messing with my front tire“. Charlie laughed and said “You see it’s the Oranges. I would blame them for the entire mankind’s misery”. He laughed and was about to leave when the girl shouted “What? I don’t get you? How is it that you blame them and not me?” Charlie had no intention to open up but the girl would not listen. After repeatedly insisting to listen to the story Charlie came close to her and said, “I do not know why but even though you may think I’m an Idiot after listening to what I say, I would still consider saying this to you and in return I want all you’re Oranges. Agreed? “ . The girl sat down on the corner of the street and said “The bag is already yours, but tell me why you want them?” Charlie sat next to her and said “you will know” and started telling his Orange story and how he relates all that is happening to him is due to the Orange he had thrown at the professor in the childhood. The girl was amazed and went silent; she had many points which she made a note of in her head to say once Charlie finished. After Charlie finished the girl said “before I tell you something which may completely shock you, tell me what you will do with the Oranges?” Charlie quickly replied “I will flush them down the toilet” The girl was not surprised enough and said “That we shall see” and started saying something when blew Charlie’s mind. “When I was a little girl my grandfather took me along for hunting in very same village you are from” Charlie interrupted her and went “What?” she said “No questions” and continued “So one day we were out in the fields trying to shoot a bird and soon after my grandfather took aim to shoot the bird, I grabbed him tightly as I was afraid and this made him miss his aim, we followed the bird which sat on an nearby Orange tree and by the time we reached the tree we saw three Oranges on ground which were being picked up by an old post master. However on spotting me he gave me one of them and left with two, I was so fascinated by the fruit that I eat and saved some seeds to be planted. When the tree grew and started to bloom I had a bunch of them every season from then on and when I grew up it was not a wonder that I went into studying this wonderful fruit, which in turn brought me into this city which has the school with best environmental program and don’t be surprised when I say that the oranges you are holding are part of my research and are from the same old tree I planted” Charlie did not say a word, he was taken aback by what he heard. He did not expect to hear this form one of the most pretty and sweetest sounding person he had ever met in his life.
He left and couldn’t sleep the entire night thinking how his life can experience such a co-incidence. He threw the orange bag in the refrigerator and he also could not stop thinking about this girl whom he just can’t get out of his mind. Next day he pulled up the girls email on the university’s directory and emailed her that he wants to meet her. For next few months they met several times and each time he met her he started appreciating her and fell in deep admiration for her. He just could not believe how his life changed since meeting her that night to where he was this day. He was totally convinced to have found his dream girl. Not only he stared loving her more and more but started realizing that the tremendous joy and happiness he was having in his life now would have not been possible without his “Damn Orange” moments. He decided to marry her and build a house with trees planted out of seeds from the Oranges he had from their first meet.
It took Charlie years to realize that how a moment in his life changed the perspective of all his other moments he had lived and how he was united with the girl of his dreams by something he least expected in his life.
And this is how Charlie and Isabella, my mom and dad, met each other said the small girl Sara closing the book she was reading from in front of the entire class for her annual story telling assignment. The teacher gave her an A and wrote a note addresses to Charlie which read “I wonder if you ever found out the story Isabella told was true?” Charlie emailed Sara's teacher back “Dear Melinda, I knew Isabella was lying the moment she started the story because I  told her never really happened at the first place, I started constructing the story the moment she hit me and I saw her. I wanted to keep Isabella involved and wanted to spend as much time as possible with her that night at the sidewalk, I would have used Apple’s in my story instead of Oranges if she had been carrying Apples. She over smarted me by picking up the story and constructing it well but we told this story to our daughter as real life event because we don’t want her to get dejected by small things in life and start blaming her past life events for present. Hope you can keep my secret”. Charlie got a reply in minutes which read “I will keep this a secret forever and for that send me some Oranges from your tree with Sara”.


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