365 Writing Prompts: Success

Tell us about a time where everything you’d hoped would happen actually did.

I cannot recall a time when I had hoped for anything. Every now and then, I’d tell my little brother , how I wished I could go to London to study. He and I knew it was something people like me, can dream of, but it would never become a reality.

I was once told by one of my profs. I should dream big only then I’ll be able to do well in life. Early in life the tragedy my family and I had to face was enough to make us feel, if we can be blessed with food each day and a decent shelter is all we could ask for. At that time I did not have any kind of ambition.

However my mom was a very pious woman, she must have prayed for us, day and night to be successful in life. I think it’s the only reason we were able to get a ┬ágood education.

When I was attending college in Dhaka city I was always concerned if my brothers were late in sending my fees. I went through this ordeal the whole time I was studying. I didn’t have the time to think of anything else. My mind was preoccupied with how many more years I’ll have to depend on my brothers.

The only time I was able to relax is when I received a scholarship to pursue my B.Ed. degree. I had the freedom to think of other things.

I still did not aim for anything out of the extraordinary,I just quietly hoped God would fulfill my wishes.

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Daily Prompt: With or Without You

Tell us about the time you threw down the gauntlet and drew the proverbial line in the sand giving someone an ultimatum. If never handed out an ultimatum but secretly wanted to, describe the scene and what would you say to put an end (one way or another) to untenable situation.

I was confronted with this situation twice and happens to be work related. I will write about my first ordeal. It was my second year of teaching, I quit my first school hoping to get a better one in the big city. Initially I was ecstatic I got my dream job, and a place to live.Well then after observing the principal and his treatment of the teachers totally deflated my willingness to work.

He’d paid a visit to the classroom and start ridiculing the teacher in the presence of the kids. I wasn’t aware of all this before I took the job. I saw one particular teacher crying,the principal was so mean to her.

The kids loved watching the teacher crying. ┬áI got the job of teaching forty-two boys in grade two. They were ill-behaved rowdy and their attitude was,”You can’t do anything to us.”

They were kids from wealthy families, the principal listened to any kind of complaint about a teacher and was always ready to discipline the teacher. This is where I started teaching in my second year.

My first day was interesting one of the kids came up to me and said, “you’re our sixth teacher in two months.”

I stayed quiet and watched them. The bell rang for recess ,before I knew what was happening, they vanished in minutes. I stepped out of my class to see where they were, the gym teacher smiled and said, “They are very bad, teachers hardly stay for two months and leave because they can’t handle them.”

I wondered whose fault was it, without any doubt I knew it was the principal. Next day I was ready for the little tykes. Five minutes before the recess bell, I locked the classroom door. I gave them an ultimatum, if anyone stood up when the bell was rung they’d have no recess. There was complete silence, I guess they thought where did she come from. I asked them to stand up and start walking out the door quietly. There was no problem and from that day I was their favorite teacher.

My major problem there was the principal, his attitude towards the teachers was  nothing I could be happy about. I was ready to resign from the job the first week. I wrote my resignation letter and went to hand it in to him on my tenth day in that school. You should have seen how charming he was when he saw me. I hesitated but got all of my courage together and handed him my letter.

He looked at me and said, “Is this a resignation letter?”

“How can you resign only after ten days?”

I know what I wanted to say but couldn’t ┬áI lacked the courage, I said rather meekly, “I don’t like it here.”

He refused and I had to teach there for a little over two years. One thing changed he had a better attitude!


DP Daily Prompt: Ballerina Fireman Astronaut Movie Star Post by Ranu

When I was ten,I wanted to be none of the above. I did not dream of becoming anything. I was a kid.I loved to play with my siblings at home and my friends in school. You can say my dreams were all about having a good time. During the holidays,I spent time walking around the neighborhood, and playing in the park close by . This was how I spent my early childhood.

Then came the most tragic day of my life.I lost my father,I was twelve years old. Becoming anybody was far away from my thoughts. We left our cozy and comfortable home,and embarked on a journey to a place,which was entirely strange to us. It took us a while to get used to it.

Then came the ordeal of finding a school, to suit my needs. Things started to fall in place.I finished high school. I studied in the local college for two years.I was discontented. I showed it in no uncertain terms. My wish was granted.I took admission in a college,run by American Nuns.

I completed my undergraduate degree successfully.Then it was time to think of trying my luck in the university. I had a mind to study Economics,I couldn’t. My dictator sister gave me all the reasons why It is a bad idea. I ended up studying History. Suddenly I started thinking of a teaching profession. I began working towards achieving this goal.

I completed my Master’s degree. I was becoming ambitious to earn an education degree. I was successful. Despite the fact I had six older siblings, I got no help from them regarding my career.I did the thinking on my own. Whether my decision was right or wrong I could not tell.As time went on I got a teaching job. I loved the kids I taught. I was happy I chose to teach young children.

I became a teacher.I loved every moment of it. I did not decide at age 10, which direction I should take. I do not regret my decision to be a teacher.