On this day :
1945 US flag raised on Iwo Jima, 1778 Friedrich von Steuben arrives at Valley Forge, 1958 Formula One champ kidnapped, 1861 Lincoln arrives in Washington, 1955 First council meeting of SEATO, 1885 A remarkable reprieve for a man sent to the gallows, 1887 Earthquake strikes Mediterranean, 1954 Children receive first polio vaccine, 1981 Spanish rebels storm Parliament, 1997 Schindlers List shown uncut on network television, 1868 WEB DuBois is born, 1978 Its a tie for Song of the Year at the 20th annual Grammy Awards, 1940 Guthrie writes This Land is Your Land, 1861 Lincoln avoids assassination attempt, 1980 Eric Heiden speed skates into Olympic history, 1966 Desertion up in South Vietnamese army, 1971 South Vietnamese advance stalls, 1917 Germans begin withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line, 1945 Marines raise the flag on Mt Suribachi,

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The Gift

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I walked home tired and hungry from school but as I unlocked the door of my house, these feelings were momentarily replaced by intrigue. There was something hidden behind the sofa. The intrigue soon left me and hunger returned. I heated up the food mother had left for me and sat at the table, eating alone. Nobody was here but me.

As I ate, I thought about my recently concluded final examinations. They had not gone well for me. The papers were being returned to the students and I had seen most of time. To say the least, I had passed in all the exams. Eighth standard was proving to be quite a challenge. These days, I had been telling my mother that the exam papers are yet to be returned, and the ones which I had were safely hidden at the back of my closet.

When the meal had taken my hunger away, the intrigue returned. That box, hidden behind the sofa, was clearly visible to me from my position. That was not good for the proverbial cat. I tried to hold on to it, but no, the cat ran towards the box and as in the proverb curiosity killed it. I pulled the box out and observed it. I think the blood drained from my face.

It was a brand new Nintendo Wii U. the one thing I had been asking for the past two years and I never got. Normally, I would have been ecstatic, jumping for joy and wanting to play it that very instant. Not this time, though. The words of my mother menaced me, “If you do good at the final exam, I will get you a Wii U.”

She had already bought it without asking, but I had a horrible performance. How could I tell her? How could I say, “Mom, I performed badly, so I do not deserve a Wii U.”?

It was horrible. I felt tears coming up. She had so much faith in me and I had broken that faith. What will I do at the Open House?

Just then the door opened and my mom stepped in.

“Oh, you already saw it?”

“Yes, Mom.” I said sulkingly.

“Why so sad?”

“Mom, I can’t have it.”

She displayed a surprised look.

“Who said it’s for you?”

“Huh?”

“The delivery man gave it to us instead of the neighbours. I collected it since they’re out of town.”

“Oh, okay; for a moment I thought … “

“Wait. Why did you say you can’t have it?”

“Because … “                                           

Let’s just say I got a heavy scolding, but I was still somewhat happy and hopeful for the future.

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