“Can we get this?” Jimmy asked his father, pointing to a plastic model.
“You want that?” Dan asked.
“Yeah,” Jimmy said. “The uniforms are just like my soccer team’s. And look at that cool elephant sitting on that guy’s shoulders.”
Dan motioned to the proprietor of the curio booth. “How much is this?” he asked.
“Four thousand rupees.” The man then bent down and spoke directly to Jimmy. “Do you know who this is?” he asked, touching the elephant’s head. Jimmy shook his head no.
“Ganesha is one of the best-known and most worshiped deities in the Hindu religion. He is the Lord of Good Fortune who provides prosperity, fortune, and success. He also is the Remover of Obstacles.” Pointing to the model, the man added, “Here, Ganesha is offering good fortune for the India National Football Team.”
“I’ll give you fifty American dollars,” Dan said.
“For your boy, I will accept that,” the man said and took the cash Dan handed him.
“Now our soccer team will have good fortune,” Jimmy happily said.
Written for this week’s Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers from Priceless Joy. Image credit: Lavanya