Once Upon A Time........there lived a bird called the DODO!

Posted by: Divya on

My friend had once remarked, "You are such a dodo!" It was a spontaneous reaction from his side when I said something foolish...

Have you ever wondered why someone is called 'DODO' when ever the person seems to be dumb, innocently stupid???  No???

 BUT, I did...........

That day I wanted to figure out why a dumb person is usually called a 'dodo'; which is actually a bird that went extinct long ago! I surfed the internet for Dodo pictures and information. 

I got my answer!!

Such a cute little bird the Dodo was that I could not stop myself from running my index finger along the monitor of my laptop in a stupid attempt to feel the softness of its feathers! No wonder my friend called me 'dodo'! I seemed dumb when I was doing that.

 The dodo had got extinct way back during the 1660s. Thanks to the 'humans'!Excessive hunting was one of the major reasons for its extiction. The innocent bird failed to recognise 'HUMANS' as predator! Hence they were very easy to hunt...It had never crossed the poor bird's mind that 'we wise' people were actually capable of erasing the slightest traits of a whole beautiful bird-specie to nothingness! A real 'dumb' bird it was!! Interestingly the word 'dodo' means 'a simpleton' in portuguese.

Today, I felt like a loser...I realized that I had not been able to catch a glimpse of such unconditional simplicity that this bird personified...Such treacherous creatures we 'Humans' are! I wonder how the Dodo must have felt when we cunningly grabbed the opportunity to eliminate all those of its kind by taking advantage of the dodo's faith in us?? You think the Dodo trusted Man??? Maybe yes.......

And we so conviniently CHEATED!

I want to make a 'promise' to myself today....

I dont want to see a day when I'll have to sit with my grandchildren and tell them stories of the 'Tiger'!!

I do not want to tell them about how mesmerising an animal the tiger was 'once upon a time'!!

I dont want them to experience the knid of feeling that I felt sometime back when I came across pictures of the Dodo on the internet...

I dont want them to slide their little fingers along a computer-monitor to feel the magnificance of the TIGER....

AND..........

 I HATE to think of a day when my Grand children wouldnt bother anymore...When the Tiger would be a part of HISTORY!!

I dont want that day to come.....

I simply dont want to say, "Once Upon A Time......................"