Those were the days
In 2019, the phrase “those were the days” meant the 1980’s and 90’s. Now in 2020, I refer to the days when there was no Pandemic and the word Corona was still unknown. Since Corona, times have changed and so has my school’s way of teaching. E-Learning might even continue into the future when Corona might have vanished from the surface of the earth.
This has been a rapid change not only for the teachers but also for the students. While the teachers adapted to the situation by learning the ways to teach in this grueling pandemic, the children sat in front of idiot boxes to gather intelligence.
Nonetheless, I miss those days when we would rush to reach the school, fight in the van for the window seat, sit on the ground for lunch with friends, share chit-chat juicy gossip with friends, run in the corridor to class before lunch bell rang, wait to be picked up by parents, and reach home joyously. I miss wishing my teachers in the chorus, my noisy class that’s being reprimanded by the teachers, rush-writing the notes from the blackboard before it is erased, comparing the contents of our pencil boxes, the cribbing we shared when we were punished, looking forward to the PT period, and all the mischief and pranking - like hiding your friend’s books under your desk or even skidding on the corridors. Miss the route I took to school, wonder what the interior of the school looks like now, and wonder if our desks haven’t gathered dust. I wonder what our Principal, watchmen, and helpers would be doing in school now. I fear I might forget my school’s morning prayer soon and am bored of just looking at the passport size images of friends and teachers during the online classes.
Previously, we used to dread each morning and fell into bed exhausted every night. But now we are desperately looking forward to going back to the old routine before it really becomes a “those were the days” memories.
To all the children like me – Hang on just a bit more friends! The day is not far when we will be able to see each other face to face. Till then let's brave Corona with safety and precaution. A Happy Children’s Day to all!
B.Nanditha is 12 years old and is a resident of Kasturba Nagar