The brave little helper

Once upon a time, there was a kind woman who had two children. She had a gentle face, but a face that was scarred by warts. The only way to remove them was a surgical process. She was very nervous, but her older, more responsible child talked her into getting it done.

When they reached the hospital, the child squeezed her hand and said ‘Don’t worry Mamma, you will be fine!’. The woman felt choked with emotion. Once inside the operation theatre, the good Doctor re-assured them that there was no reason to worry. The woman lay back on the cold, cushioned, couch. The girl stood by her, smiling and stroking her hair.

The Doctor readied a long shiny tube-like instrument and connected it to the power socket. When she turned it on, the tip glowed red, like the eye of a monster. It made a dull, whizzing sound. The brave little helper watched the Doctor with bated breath.

With one short and swift stroke, the Doctor brought the tube-like instrument close to the woman’s face, and roughly nudged the biggest wart. The woman shuddered involuntarily, not in pain, but in momentary shock. A few seconds later, the wart fell off. The spot now looked pink, and blood began to ooze out.

The Doctor said, ‘Give me that roll of cotton-wool’. No reply.

‘Quick, please!’ No reply again.

The good Doctor turned around. Only to receive the fainting not-so-little girl, who was falling slowly and steadily into her arms!

The Doctor revived the child by splashing cold water on her face. And then scoffed at her for having been so very ‘brave’!

The kind woman refused to remove any more warts and took her daughter home immediately. And lived happily ever after.


(That brave little helper was, if you haven’t guessed yet, Mi Mi Mi!

And I wrote this (and tormented you), because today, I passed by the clinic where we had been to that eventful day, many years ago!)


29 thoughts on “The brave little helper

  1. Seems like everyone is on a memory trip…. 🙂

    So how old was the “older, more responsible child” then?


    Quirky Indian

  2. Reading the first few para I had guessed it could be you but then midway I was confused, nevertheless ‘brave little girl’ that was decades back 😀
    Are still afraid of blood ?

  3. @ Mini- You are a sweetheart…thanks for making my day.

    @ Roshmi- Thank you so much, for being so very generous 🙂

    @ Pix & SMM- Thanks a lot, darlings, for being so supportive. What would I do without buddies like you!!

    @ Sol- Brave girl indeed…fainting at a half-drop of blood! He he!

    @ Quirky- Now you’re getting me into trouble..that responsible child was in her teens. Shucks!! Can I edit this to say the child was under 10 ?!

    @ Dman- Oh no! You guessed it right at the beginning?! I must re-write now. The sight of blood still makes me panicky. Its like, this stuff should be INSIDE and not OUTSIDE.

    And BTW, what do you mean ‘decades back’? How OLD do you think I am???????!!!!!!

  4. Im sure there would have been some sign in front of the clinic when you passed by that read “Parents shouldnt bring in their kids, especially, those brave lill ones” !! Atta girl, you must have scared the wits out of the doc. He would have been confused whom to attend to first 😉

    1. Ha ha! The Doc was indeed shaken. If only she had been a Handsome He, the ‘falling in the arms’ bit would have been worth it! Sigh! Faint hopes there (pun unintended!).

    1. @ PRG – I always looked forward to your cute little verses… never fail to bring about a smile 🙂 Thank you!

      @ OG – Hey, its so good to see you here..thanks a lot for visiting! And am glad you enjoyed the tale 🙂

      @ MM – Thank you so very much. You’re a darling!

    1. Yay Roshmi! Thanks a ton. Am thrilled because this is the third time I am receiving this award! First from Dmanji, then Monika and now from you. Am I a blessed friend!!!! Thanks, girl!

  5. I am amused. But everything said and done, I think the doctor shouldn’t have allowed you in the room in the first place. I think you were very brave. I would have fainted even before entering.

    1. Indi- He he, did you mean the Doc was my helper ? 🙂 Hey, btw, I like injections! Never was afraid of them…crazy me.

      Shail- Thankie so much 🙂 Sweet, may be. But brave? Ahem..!

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