Someone who has taught for 40 years, retires from his work.
Their students organised a get together to share the memories.
The passage below was written on the 7th of November in homage to F & B.
We will also age. Would we also become insightful and thoughtful citizens of the world ?
I see many of F and B’s former students.
They have graduated,
They have families and kids,
Such toddlers they are, or
They are old and young alike.
With white hair and grey stubble,
It was an afternoon of merry making.
Former colleagues and students paying homage
To their esteemed mentors,
Laughters and loud conversation ensued,
Memories shared and photographs snapped
To be crystallised in memory.
The waiters are tirelessly grilling meat and sausages,
Walking around in trays with sorbets and drinks.
A boy at the table football or
A child on the grass,
A little baby passed around,
Hugs and kisses.
Old times remembered in great detail.
With no wifi or internet,
Conversations had to happen,
Like water flowing downhill,
The weather being perfect
And the waterfall by the pool,
‘Ts indeed the time for a memorable holiday,
Photo trials on the wall on a string,
Projections that vanish with a switch,
It’s time for reliving the memory
And out to test the remembrances.
R is holding a little one
And he is enthralled by her ear-ring.
I see women leaning onto their husbands,
At times exchanging a kiss,
Or attending their children,
People surrounding F & B,
With emotions evoked by words,
Such power the words possess.
Children playing video games,
M reads on the microphone,
Various words formed by
The concatenation of 26 letters.
It was indeed a day of merrymaking,
And fun and frolic and
I shall remember this soiree
For many a day hence.