Friday, August 05, 2005

Ahh, sweet memories!

I was going through some of my old pictures today and I realized that I have had so many weird experiences in my life. I noticed a picture of me when I was 6 years old, dressed prim and proper in my pink uniform(not seen in the pic below due to our graduation coats).
(In the picture, I am the person with the yellow box drawn around his head, Ist row 5th from left)
I did my Pre-KG, LKG education in Saraswati Kindergarten, the only Indian school in Singapore. The school was built behind a temple and I remember walking very carefully whenever I was near the temple due to the large amount of crow droppings on the ground. I learnt the word 'Kaaka pee' for the first time in that school. I was an incredibly shy kid and I would be quiet throughout the day and talk only in English with my classmates(It was a Tamil school !). One day me and my classmates were standing in front of the temple waiting for our teacher to escort us to our classroom. There was this cement pit where Temple visitors would break coconuts. I being the inquisitive one, put my head into the pit and tried counting the number of ants moving across what seemed to be a pretty old, moulding coconut. I was pretty obsessed with ants at that age. My sister, I still haven't forgiven her for this, told me that eating ants was a good thing cos it made you strong. I believed her. I used to pick up these ants and put them in my mouth. I did this for a few days and I noticed that I wasn't becoming any stronger. So, I stopped eating ants. Now back to the incident I was writing about. My head was practically touching this mouldy coconut when I suddenly felt something crash into my head. It was as if my head had broken into two. I could see nothing but ants and crow droppings as I fell into the pit. One of my classmates, bless his soul, had thrown a coconut right on my head. When I came back to my senses, I realized what had happened and I started crying and didn't stop for two hours. It took a lot of cajoling from my teachers to make me realize that I had stopped feeling the pain one and a half hours ago. It was a pretty painful yet unforgettable experience!

11 comments:

shanks&bigfoot said...

lol... so THATS why ur soo wierd!...lol... and uh.. dont tell anyone.. but my mom told me the same story.. so i would put ants in my milk and drink up.. (dont tell a soul)

Gaya said...

LMAO! My aunt told me that too, cept I was 12 by then, so I didn't believe her. About the coconut...ouch!

Kanishkaa said...

Crow droppings??Are you sure we're talking abt Singapore here??!!Graduation gowns in kindergarten!..even in my own graduation day in college we never got to wear black.they gave us some utterly hideous yellow maternity ward gown.the only thing missing was a large ponch

Neon said...

The school which I went to was Indian. So the presence of crow droppings wasn't a big surprise.

Harish said...

Ouch!

sardar said...

lokks as if you got a degree in kindergarden

Neon said...

Yes, it does look like that sardar. When did u get ur degree?

Gaya said...

They have graduation day for kindergarden kids in Chinmaya Vidyalaya aswell; my sis had to walk around in one of those a couple of years ago.

freespirit said...

lol..some bright spark told me that if i ate red ants my eye sight would be amazing so i used to go searching for red ants on the school grounds when i started losing my eyesight..but when i had to get glasses anyway..i kinda realized that the ant thing wasnt true..

Neon said...

It's pretty weird that so many of us have eaten ants when we were young. I feel so sad for the ant community.

Arul said...

Hi Neon, just a correction: Saraswati Kindergarten is not the only Indian kindergarten in Singapore. Christ Church Kindergarten at 1 Dorset Rd is the first Indian Kindergarten which is there for 20 years now - glorifying the name of God.