On this day :
1959 Hawaii becomes 50th state, 1754 Bloody Ban Tarleton born in Britain, 1897 Olds Motor Works founded, 1863 Guerillas massacre residents of Lawrence Kansas, 1991 Coup attempt against Gorbachev collapses, 1863 Outlaws attack Lawrence Kansas, 1911 Theft of Mona Lisa is discovered, 1986 Gas cloud kills Cameroon villagers, 1831 Slave revolt erupts in Virginia, 1858 LincolnDouglas debates begin, 1961 Kenyatta freed, 1987 Dirty Dancing opens, 1920 Christopher Robins birthday, 1935 The Swing Era begins with Benny Goodmans triumphant Palomar Ballroom performance, 1883 Trial of Frank James begins in Missouri, 1959 Eisenhower signs Hawaii statehood bill, 2004 Michael Phelps wins eighth medal, 1963 Nhus Special Forces attack the Buddhists, 1965 US pilots given green light to go after antiaircraft missiles in the North, 1969 Nixon meets with South Korean President, 1971 Antiwar protestors raid draft offices, 1914 Battles of the Frontiers fought near Ardennes and Charleroi, 1944 The seeds of the United Nations are planted,

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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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