365 Written Prompt: Cliche
Cliches become cliches for a reason.Tell us about the last time ‘A bird in the hand was worth two in the bush’ for you.
Years ago when I was new in the teaching profession I was promised a lot of things which were never meant to be fulfilled. I was in my early twenties, I took a job in a “Residential Model School” and I was told it was a step in the right direction.
Ten days after I joined the school, I was ready to quit. I found the principal too overbearing I felt I must leave this place immediately or I’ll forever hate the teaching profession. With this intention, I wrote a resignation letter and took it to him, he looked at it and showed a puzzled look , “Is this a resignation letter he said.”
I nodded my head indicating yes, it is.
He then started cross examining me, “It’s only been ten days you’ve joined this school, what could have happened in such a short time?”
I did not have the guts to tell him, “You are the reason.”
Two years passed since that day, I was still teaching in the same school. I was looking for an opportunity to get out of that awful place. Luckily I saw an ad of opportunity to study in UK offered by the British council. I wrote my application and sent it directly to the office, indicating I had the intention of sending another one through the school, which was the usual procedure. My excuse I was afraid it may not make the deadline if I sent it through the school.My fear was the principal may delay sending it to reach it on time.
The council was okay with this and when the application came through the school a few days later it didn’t matter.
The council phoned the school and told the principal I was selected for the interview and they already sent me a letter giving the time and place where I’d have to go for the interview.
About two months later I received a thick envelope by mail, informing me I was selected to study English as a foreign language in the Institute of education, university of London UK. I was overjoyed not only I’d finally leave this school but I will also get a chance to study in UK.
After this the principal came to me he wanted me to refuse the scholarship, he said, “Wait two more years, we will send you to UK for higher studies.”
I looked at him said nothing, in my mind the words, “A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.” was ringing loudly!