I was nervous, I was trembling,
I was ushered into class, for the first time,
All heads turned up, as I entered
Giving me blank, bleak looks.
I stepped backward,
But a hand almost pushed me in.
"Ah! Good morning miss" was the reply,
One or two getting up, reluctantly.
Today, we go back to the history of our great kings"
I hear chuckles, sneezing, yawns.
"But, Louis XVI was a lousy king"
"Who cares" one exclaimed.
The watch was very slow in motion.
"Answer these five questions, now!"
Lethargic movements, pencils, pens dragging out,
Bell rang, period over, not a single question answered.
It was time for me to be "polite"
"Thank you students, for your co-operation"
One or two heads up and down again,
I felt like a bird,
Finally free to fly
- Anu K.
tips to make life easy
Here are a few instructions to make life easier
charitable in your speech, action and judgment.
that a kind word spoken goes a long way.
that you can miss a lot of things in life by having the
grateful that God doesn't answer all your prayers.
diligently, fight fairly, give generously and love deeply.
that cruel words deeply hurt and loving words quickly heal.
forget that a couple of words of praise or encouragement
can make someone's day.
your success based on service to others not at the expense
that life's most treasured moments come unannounced.
that a grateful heart is almost always a happy one.
yourself if what you are doing today is going to get you
close to where you want to be tomorrow.
These instructions will help make life easier for you as
well as for others.
- Shazna Asnavi.
Why are sports stars so proud ? They think
are their slaves. I met a sports star who thinks that he is
the king of sports. When he feels like it, he speaks to his
fans. But when his head is filled with pride he tries to escape
from them. Don't be so proud and unkind to your fans. They
just want to befriend you.
that you met your fans after you became famous. But among
them there are some who will lend you a hand even if you lose
your popularity. At this time if you are proud and cruel to
your fans some of them will leave you. Some of them will be
with you because you are famous. But after your popularity
goes away you will not even get a smile from them.
- L.P. Kodituwakku
to the fore
This is in reply to the brothers who wrote "Nightmare
Batch Party" .
Dear brothers, you've done a great service for the girls in
the teenage girls. You also sent the boys a message. We are
16-year- old girls and we appreciate your note. When we read
your views, we were concerned about the girls in our society.
sitting for our O/L examination this year. So we have to go
for many tuition classes. And we meet many types of girls.
They wear various types of clothes. Some girls don't think
of the disadvantages of such clothes. As girls, we too like
to dress nicely but decently. Because we will become mothers
one day and we have to protect our great Sinhalese culture.
We have to listen to our elders.
you have shown a true brotherhood to all your sisters.
- Iranga, Buddhika and Sanjeewani
old age prayer
Years have flown and we've grown old.
Need we a hand; strong to hold
Lone steps we pace through this vale of tears
Lord banish from our midst all oncoming fears.
A smile, a nod, a little word, cost not much;
Make those around think it such.
When wrinkled feeble - old age takes place,
Many the hardships we've got to face.
Useless, unwanted we're pushed aside;
Lord come and with us do abide;
The help we need, we need it now
Not when called to heaven above.
Busy the children of the world today
To aid old folks they have no way.
These lingering years best way to spend
Lord strength and courage to us send.
With the Holy Spirit us do fill
Always to do His holy will
When at last the end draws nigh
Thanks and praises sing
To Jesus our Lord and King
- Norma Perera
As the dew of time hugged the petals of rosy life, I had to
say goodbye to many gorgeous days filled with joy. The buddies
were with me during good times and bad.
ran, danced and delighted in every moment. Unforgettable meetings
filled with love added brilliance to my career. I was a baby
fed by the sweet breeze in Uva. Never will they leave my heart,
I will love and cherish them.
love you mother Uva. The fragrance of your tenderness still
Isn't it true that life is a matter of making the right
decision at the right time? In my very short life of nearly
two decades I have realised how important it is to make correct
decisions in life.That is what life is all about. And it is
our life that is affected by the choices we make.
the time we have many choices in life and we just have to
be smart enough to make the correct decision. Choices range
from simple ones like choosing between a fruit cocktail or
an ice cream to choosing the right person as your future partner.
thing about making choices is that you can't have it all.
Often when we have to make an important decision we go to
others for advice.
and good if we take another person's advice and things work
out just the way we want. But what if it doesn't work out?
There are times when we listen to others and do as they say,
never stopping to listen to our conscience. Then when things
go wrong, we regret taking someone else's advice.
good to listen to the opinion of others. But it is not wise
to do what the others want us to do, whoever the advisor is.
When it comes to making a decision the ultimate choice should
be yours. Good if everything works out fine, you'll be happy
with the wise choice that you've made. If something goes wrong
you will not hate somebody else for advising you to do that.
You will then accept the fact that it was your mistake and
learn from it.
we think "what if I did that instead of this" but
life is such, that we just can't have it all. That is why
we have to make intelligent choices and be sure that we are
content with them.
time you have to make an important decision make sure you
listen to that litte voice inside you.