It’s scorching hot here and even though we are not going to school amidst the pandemic, we have summer break! Usually, at the beginning of summer break,we would hug our goodbyes (yup!🤪), be all joyful and crazy about it.
On the last day of school before the summer break, we wouldn’t study much. Our teachers would narrate stories in class…..and I loved that, literally. I mean, who doesn’t love story time? Last to last year in Grade 6, our Literature teacher narrated a story…a really good one. It goes something like this….
Long ago, there was a penniless man and he was lost in the jungle. He was scared to death until he met an elephant(that’s right …. met an elephant). The elephant spoke to him. The man was left baffled and he felt…..how is this possible? How can the elephant talk??!
The elephant had magical powers that allowed him to speak. The elephant was a friend to the man….
They got out of the jungle…But it was the elephant’s home. He stayed back. The poor man would often come to visit the elephant.
They continued with their lives…when one day,the man was in a market. He realized that an elephant’s tusk is an object of great value and can bring you a fortune. Thoughts of greed filled his head….and he rushed to the jungle. He pleaded the elephant to give him one of his tusks. The elephant, being the mighty friend, readily agreed.
The elephant was in immense pain when his tusk was being chopped of ….. but the man was too greedy to see that! The man went to the city, sold off the tusk, and guess what!? He earned a great fortune…
He bought a big house and lived in luxury. However, he did no work. He thought that the fortune would last forever…but obviously, it can’t.
It lasted a year, so after a year, the man went back to the forest and asked the elephant for another tusk. The man saw what pain the elephant was going through but, greediness did get the better of him!
The elephant was a good friend to the man. Maybe…too good a friend!
Just as the man was finding his way out of the forest, his eyes filled with a bright light….he choked a little.He was in a forest fire!!
And the story ends with the man dying in the forest fire and you know what’s so special about this? As the man stood there, staring at the burning trees and land, he thought , for a second, “maybe it’s a result of my own actions! Maybe it’s happening to me because of I put my friend, who has been nothing but kind and has helped me in every step of the way,through immense pain. Maybe I deserve this .”
I love this story. And the one thing that I absolutely miss is that my favorite teacher- Mrs.Rawat-narrated it to us. She left the school last year.
Today we had our last online class before the summer break. We had English and Art. And we did not do anything like we would do, if we were going to school. But I still enjoy holding onto those memories! 💝
Anyway, I have a few things planned for the summer break:
- Write a write up every day. It can be on any topic.
- Write a poem every day.
- Meditate for 20 minutes twice a day. (Mrs.Rawat used to begin each class with one-Minute-meditation)
- Call up a family member, every day.
- Mandala art
- Keep a dream journal
- Write short stories (I aspire to become a writer someday!)
- Holiday home-work
Do you miss anything about summer breaks? Any amusing story?! Feel free to share them in comments below. I would love to hear incidents from your school summer breaks!