On this day :
1957 Althea Gibson is first African American to win Wimbledon, 1775 Congress issues a Declaration on the Causes and Necessity of Taking Up Arms, 1958 Juan Manuel Fangio bids goodbye to Grand Prix racing in France, 1864 Confederate General Jubal Early occupies Hagerstown, 1963 US policymakers express optimism, 1946 George Bugs Moran is arrested, 1988 Explosion on North Sea oil rig, 1942 Frank family takes refuge, 1944 The Hartford Circus Fire, 1967 Civil war in Nigeria, 1971 Satchmo dies, 1976 Women inducted into US Naval Academy, 1994 Forrest Gump opens wins Hanks a second Oscar, 1935 Dalai Lama leader of Tibet and bestselling author is born, 1957 John meets Paul for the first time, 1862 Mark Twain begins reporting in Virginia City, 1946 George Walker Bush is born, 1933 Major League Baseballs first AllStar Game is held, 1957 Althea Gibson wins Wimbledon, 1955 Diem says South Vietnam not bound by Geneva Agreements, 1964 Viet Cong attack Special Forces at Nam Dong, 1918 Czech troops take Russian port of Vladivostok for Allies, 1944 Georges Mandel French patriot is executed,

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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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