On the 4th of this month my school completed 150 years of its existence. I was in town on the day and though unfortunately I missed the ceremony, the news did bring back some old memories.
On someday (believe me I have tried really very hard to figure out the date) in July 1996, my first day, the 7 year old me scampered away holding my father’s hand (my father wasn’t scampering along, he was walking respectfullyJ) trying to locate my classroom, ‘2-B’ (I joined this school in the 2nd standard).To tell you the truth, I was not at all scared. Two of my friends from my previous school were also in the same class. They had joined a day before and through the quick and complex maternal communication network I was aware of this news.So, instead of being afraid of the change I was eager to rejoin my friends!! I can still literally relive the moment when on entering the class, the first thing I noticed was my friends’ smiling faces.
Now although I want to describe a lot of experiences, in the following text I have shared two of my initial experiences in the school.
The first is concerned with a very uncommon boy of my class. The reason he was uncommon was that he was quite large and mature than the rest of us. To do hi description justice I can ask you to imagine a 12 year old (in a class of 7 year old boys) wearing the tight clothes of a 10 year old (uncanny) and on top of it all a facial profile of a 16 year old (without the traces of facial hair of course) i.e. quite mature (looking) for the class. But it isn’t his appearance that has qualified him to be worthy of a mention but his reaction.
On the first day, the teacher had punished the whole class for talking J.Now it was 12pm, the end of the school hours, but she had literally frozen us to death by saying, “No one will go home today, I’ll ask the peon to lock you people up in the class!!” As soon as she had said this, the deceptively mature boy started crying out …BAH! BAH! And begging her to let him go!!! Imagine a class with many small children sitting quietly and one boy, the least expected of all, the one you would expect to pacify the other children IF (and a big if it is as we never did cry on that day, no sir, no one except HIM) they reacted, the one you would expect to face this threat with a smile on his mature face, starts to wail out and weep oceans!! My first day……my first impression of my classJ.
The second is about another boy, one with a ponytail, and he wasn’t a Sikh/sardar.He was very friendly, the first of the new classmates who tried to help me adjust and be friends with me. But ME, I had other notions’ was pretty well convinced that he was a girl (and my school was an all boys schoolL). I was perfectly certain of this fact, even more certain than I was about my own name!!So guided by this certainty and his frequent friendly and helpful chit-chat, the ignorant me decided to run away from her the next time ‘she’ tried to help me out!!And I did try to avoid ‘her’ for the next few days, but eventually ‘she and me’ J became good friends. It turned out that ‘she’ very close to my house and we started playing together and going to each other’s houses and then ‘he’ had his hair cut and ‘she’ became a ‘he’ for me!!Although I had accepted him to be a boy (my mother’s reasons, that if he is a girl then why is he in a boys’ school? And why does he have a male name?, shattered my illusion) but my mysterious ‘kid’ mind never did abandon the faint possibility that one day I would wake up to find out that ‘he’ is a ‘she’ and I would get to tell my mother, “I told you so!”, until the day of his hair cut J and now, jokes apart, it has been 15 crazy years and very few of your friends(school) are still in touch with you and can be relied upon for any sort of work and he is one of them. Although now we do not get a chance to meet often on account of the journey(called life) we do sometime catch up on those instant chat services and when we do meet its just like the good old days(not the initial illusioned days of course J).