Once upon a time there was a little girl called Meera. One day she returned from her school very sad. She went to her room, kept her bag on the table and lied down on the bed, crying loudly. Her mother heard her crying and came to find out.
“I have failed in two subjects,” and saying that she started crying again. Her mother tried to console her, but Meera wouldn’t listen.
In the evening when her father returned, he tried to explain to her. “Do your best in the next exam and you will get good marks,” he told her.
For the next two days, Meera refused to go to school. In fact, she thought of never going to school again. On the third day, as she sat gazing out of the window, she saw a sparrow trying to build a nest on a tree. She saw it bring sticks and leaves in the nest and then fly away to get more. Every time the wind blew, the leaves and sticks would get blown away. But this did not stop the sparrow from building her nest and by evening, she was able to complete her nest.
As Meera sat watching the sparrow, her mother came and stood beside her. “What are you looking at?” she asked her.
Meera told her all about the sparrow.
“If a sparrow can succeed in her task with courage, don’t you think you can succeed if you study hard?”
The next morning, Meera dressed up to go to school. As she was leaving, she saw the sparrow sitting by its nest. Waving it goodbye, she left for school. She studied well and cleared her exam with flying colors.