The Genie on TV

Back then I was a kid, or probably a teen. The time does not really matter in my story. I used to enjoyed watching the comedy TV series, ‘I Dream of Jeannie.’ Have you seen it?

In the story, an astronaut finds a genie in the bottle and the genie granted him wishes. It was fun to watch.

Golly! I was amazed at all the things the genie could do in a blink of an eye. 

The Genie I need

Fast forward many years and these days most of my time is filled with routine parenting chores. Wash, cook, clean dishes, launder, clean the house, put away toys, crash to bed too exhausted to move, ignore the alarm, panic. You know it too.

I’ve often wished to have my very own genie. To help me with my chores and keep me sane.  And then one bright, chirpy Phoenix morning it happened! 

My Genie in the Bottle

Amongst the lather and the dirty dishes,

In my sink, I found a genie in the bottle.

Kazoom! I opened the stopper to release the tiny bewitched thing.

The genie bowed and said, “My master, I reckon, you need to rest. Please allow me to do my best.”

In disbelief, I rubbed my eyes, but there she was, right in front of me! I sat before the fireplace, curled up with a cup of tea. And, took out a dusty thin book that begged me to read. And I don’t know when, but I fell asleep.

When I woke up the house was sparkling clean. The dishes were done and so was the laun-dary nicely folded and kept in the dresser, all within my arms reach.

The dinner was on the stove, just the way I like it;  curry and basmati rice, and the naan on the side. A salad beautifully arranged, and a big glass of red wine.

Genie said she would do my pedicure too as my toes possess a yellow hue. I asked, “Dear, can I keep you, forever?” I believe I might have begged, for I had added “Please and pretty please,” too.

Genie said,“Master, allow me to leave. I have to serve others who await a sigh of relief.”

I thought of the mothers, sisters, wives and daughters fathers, brothers, husbands, sons and grandparents too, all who desire a little respite from their daily grind of might. “Genie,” I said, “You have a big job to do,” “So, I let you free.”

With those words, the bewitched thing that awesome, helpful thing faded into the air.

Real Life Genies

Friends, be on a lookout for the enchanted beings in the form of neighbors, friends, relatives who come into your lives at the most difficult times. They give you respite and help  refill your everyday life cups. Or better be a genie to someone in need.

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