His first flight
Bravery and cowardice are the relative terms. One is coward as long as fear encompasses him / her. In this story the young seagull poses to be a coward incarnate. His other three elder brothers and sister had already flown. The entire family member boosted him to fly, but he couldn’t. One day he mustered up his courage to fly but all went in vain, and for the same, he was harshly punished by his parents. He was left all alone on the ledge starving for 24 hours. He wouldn’t dare to fly. He cried with hunger. Mother took final decision to put before him bait. And lo! It worked; he dived for a scrap of fish. Mother was high up in the sky and he was in the open air falling down and down. He opened his wings and found himself flying. This was the way he was taught to make his first flight. Hence, we can say parental encouragement and discipline play a great role in shaping the destiny of the young children.
short questions and answers
1. Who was alone on the ledge?
Ans: The young seagull was alone on the ledge.
2. Why was he afraid?
Ans: He was afraid to see the vast expanse of the sea beneath him.
3. Who tried to encourage him?
Ans: His parents, brothers and sister encouraged him.
4. For nearly how many hours he remain hungry?
Ans: He remained hungry for about twenty four hours.
5. Who give him a piece of fish?
Ans: His mother gave him a piece of fish.
6. How did he fly?
Ans: When he dived the wind rushed against his breast feathers then under his stomach and against his wings. This made him fly.
text book questions and answers
Ans 1:- The young seagull felt that his wings would not support him. I feel some birds are afraid but some are more timid than others. Yes, it is true with a human baby also.
Ans 2:- He was hungry for twenty four hours. He was impatient and desperate. He dived at the fish in his mother’s beak. She flew upwards. His wings spread outwards cutting through the air. Thus began his flight.
Ans 3:- They threatened him to starve on his ledge unless he flew away. They wanted him to take his first flight .
Ans 4:- The answer can be discussed in class by soliciting the experiences of the students.
Ans 5:- Generally success is never guaranteed. To succeed one has to put in hard work and continuous practice. One has to try regardless of a possibility of a failure.
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