The Last Day

This Friday was our last class at YMCA…

Unlike every other time I’d gone there, I had no idea how to prepare for it… Preparation for that class had started a week earlier and I still had no idea what to do…

The kids had asked me once before, a really long time back, if I’d be around next year as well, and I had told them that in all probability I wouldn’t be.. I dint want to be asked that question again…

I got on Arjun’s bike and we set off for class.. As we were going, I remembered a day in May.. I was travelling on a Pulsar that day too… With Hijaz, on my way to my first Mad meeting… So much had changed since then…

The class itself was not like any other we had.. The kids were somehow more focused than on other days.. I had took a video to class.. A video that had influenced me a lot,Pink Floyd’s ‘Another Brick  in the Wall’, to see what they thought of it..

YMCA Mix

Amazingly enough, the very same kids who’d always joke around with everything, came up with some really good interpretations of the subject.. In fact, even after we’d moved on from the topic and I’d started off my usual yelling and screaming and making fun of everybody routine, they were still  serious, and thinking about what they’d seen…

We then moved on to revising the comparing themes, and strangely enough, nobody complained about anything… A kid called Bipin always complains about everything as long as it has anything to do with learning.. Even he was smiling and trying to participate..

Last half hour, I told the kids they could do whatever they wanted… Some raced for the computers immediately.. But a couple came, sat by me and Arjun and generally talked about stuff…

I think Friday is the day that I realised that my kids weren’t kids anymore.. Somewhere down the line, they’d grown up… And for the past eight or so months, I’d been witness to that growth.. Yes, we had succeeded… We’d changed lives… Mine and theirs, both…

And while I was leaving, I was feeling really down… But not the kids.. They were going to miss classes just as much, but they kept staying stuff like, ‘I’ll see you at the Navy thing.’ and ‘I’ll drop by your place on my way home.’ and stuff like that.. Man, if I were that optimistic, I would’ve been so much better off… :)

It was a really good day, and an equally worse one at the time, coz we had to leave..

When we got out of the gates, Arjun had a really long face on him… He didn’t want to wait till next June to come to YMCA again.. And funny thing was, he’s going to be here for another two years.. And, in all probability I’m not going to be..

I’ll miss a lot of things.. I’ll miss laughing with the kids, the Ona Sadya, the Christmas and the One Eyed Santa all that.. I’ll miss ‘the Usuals’ near MEC.. The typing races, the ‘alphabet find’ games… All that !

A week ago, I gave the kids sheets of paper with every volunteers name on it, to write whatever they felt like about us.. To make us feel better, my level 2 kids had tried writing the entire thing in English.. And they only had good things to say about all of us…  Until I see them next time, I’ll have to make do with the memories of the past year and those feedbacks, it seems…

It was a good year.. And I’m happy for that.. :)

PS : I’m really bad at photoshop, so pardon me for the attempted collage that you see.. :)

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Comments

  1. meril says

    Good one…
    yde was my last day at HG, though i’ve been there only 4-5 times, cudn bring myself to say bye and walk away. There were kids who kept calling me “meril chechiee”, only to smile and wave at me…, Never thought saying “bye” would be so intense :)
    MAD is the best(only one) thing i did in a looong time. :)

  2. meril says

    Good one…
    yde was my last day at HG, though i’ve been there only 4-5 times, cudn bring myself to say bye and walk away. There were kids who kept calling me “meril chechiee”, only to smile and wave at me…, Never thought saying “bye” would be so intense :)
    MAD is the best(only one) thing i did in a looong time. :)

  3. Lettie says

    That seriously made my cry :'(
    Reminds me of a song by Nelly Furtado.. Why do all good things come to an end??

  4. Lettie says

    That seriously made my cry :'(
    Reminds me of a song by Nelly Furtado.. Why do all good things come to an end??

  5. says

    Maybe you should listen to Daughtry then.. “It’s not Over” :)

    This is not the end, Lettie.. We’re thinking of having a camp for the kids.. Let’s see how that works out.. :)

  6. says

    Maybe you should listen to Daughtry then.. “It’s not Over” :)

    This is not the end, Lettie.. We’re thinking of having a camp for the kids.. Let’s see how that works out.. :)

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