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!

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DP Daily Prompt: Proud

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When was the last time someone told you they were proud of you.

As far as my memory goes I cannot remember someone saying , they were proud of me. Then again sometimes there are people who are proud of you but do not know how to express themselves.

I took the job of teaching in a new school. I was responsible for forty two boys, they were six years old, but were a group no one was able to control, in two months five teachers quit their job. I was told by a boy who was one of the pupils.

It was my first year teaching in a, “Residential School,” one day  the principal quietly came to see how I was doing on my first week in his school.He was surprised he didn’t have to come to the classroom to discipline these overactive boys, which was the case before I took the job.

My door was closed he signaled  me to come out, he didn’t care to look if the kids were in the classroom,he asked,”where are the boys?”

“In the classroom I said.”

He told me then, “you know everyday I have to come out from my office to make them quiet, how did you do it?”

Of course he did not say he was proud of me I was able to control the little rascals, I’m sure it was on his mind. Our superiors hold off praising us because they do not want to make us overconfident.

https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/dp-daily-prompt-proud

Writing Prompt:Cringe Worthy

Do you feel uncomfortable when you see someone else being embarrassed? What’s most likely to make you squirm?

My second year of teaching was absolutely horrible. The first day was enough to make me give up the wretched job immediately.  

I remember we had assembled outdoors for some sort of activity, the Principal showed up and started being nasty to one of the teachers in the presence of the little kids. I was horrified, I watched the kids laughing. I made up my mind to quit right then and there. I thought if this guy is embarrassing this innocent teacher without thinking where he was, I’d be the last one to put up with this kind of behavior.

This attitude of the head of a school was enough to make me squirm. 

 https://sabethville.wordpress.com/2014/04/29/writing-promptcringe-worthy

blogger challenge Letter Q

 

Quietly I stood in the queue

I asked not a question

And enjoyed the view

Quack came a quack and looked

At me, “who gave you permission

To stand in front of me?”

 

I quipped but sir

I am not here to quarrel

So leave me alone

His queue swelled up

Folks I kid you not

I decided to quit 

While I was ahead!

 

Strangers can be queer 

I want you to know

Quaver is what they do

When things don’t go their way

Their thinking is quite different

I’d like you to know

 

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