Battery Down! by Dr. Jyoti Hegde
Parents and teachers can use this short story to encourage children to eat healthy meals on time.
Once there was a boy named Rahul. He had developed a bad habit. He would skip breakfast and also not eat his tiffin at school. This started affecting his health. He could not concentrate in class and also didn't feel like playing due to lack of energy. He started falling sick repeatedly and could not attend school regularly.
One day Rahul was down with a fever. As he was lying on his bed, he heard a groan, "aah." As he was alone in the room Rahul thought, "who could it be?" Again came the voice, "I'm feeling hungry, please feed me." "Who is it?" he asked. "My master doesn't provide me any good food, and expects me to work throughout the day? Is it fair?" the voice complained. Rahul replied, "Oh no, not at all. That's very mean, but, who are you and who is your master?" "I am your body and you are my master, and you don't give me nutritious food on time", groaned the voice. "My body? And how do you say I don't feed you? I do have lunch and dinner." defended Rahul. His body continued, "In the morning, when I need to use my energy the most, you don’t give me any food. I have to wait till afternoon and it’s only thanks to your mom who forces you to eat rice, rotis, vegetables, dal, eggs, chicken, fish and other healthy foods that I am able to survive. It is very strange to see that you kids don't forget to charge your tablet's battery on time, but you’ll take the battery of your body for granted. I too need to be charged frequently, with a healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner and a light snack like a delicious fruit in between meals, to make up for the energy that is drained from me." Rahul was shocked to hear this from his body. He had not realised that his body too needed to be charged regularly with nutritious food." He promised his body that he will have his three meals on time and also have a healthy snack in between meals.
Rahul recovered fast from his illness and became a healthy and happy kid once again. Now he remembers to keep his body charged with healthy food.
Dr. Jyoti Hegde is a Corporate soft skills trainer and a life skills trainer for kids based in Goa, India. Her passion is to conduct sessions for kids on the values, habits, and life skills needed for health, happiness and success.