The Greatest Gift

Anbu had struggled to make his farm prosperous for his wife Aasha, yet he was barely scratching out a living. He had been unlucky in another way. He and Aasha were unable to have children. In a desperate attempt to succeed he had given his last few coins to buy a few game birds hoping they would breed and their offspring would bring a good price at the market. He had gone out to feed his small flock when he was transfixed by a magical sight. A beautiful white peacock stood in the middle of his flock and fanned its tail. He couldn’t wait to tell Aasha. This bird would bring a great price at the market. That was when he heard the peacock speak. If you spare me from the market I will bring you a greater prize. Anbu told himself he must be crazy but he kept the white bird. That spring his wife gave birth to a daughter. They named her Aashirya.

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24 thoughts on “The Greatest Gift

  1. LifestyleswithLia

    Deborah! What an enchanting story! I especially loved the ending… And the characters’ names too.
    Did you take the photo of the white peacock?

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    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      Thanks so much Lia! ❤ The photo was supplied by Sonya-Only 100 Words. The names are Indian and have different meanings. Anbu means kind, Aasha means hope, and Aashirya means from the land of God. Thanks for noticing. 🙂

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