The question box- My favourite school box"The question box"- yes, this was the name of my favourite box in my school. It was a bright yellow coloured box with a single slit-like opening on the top to drop the questions and a door-like opening in the front to take the questions or answers out. It was just like a post box (if we ignore the colour of it). Every classroom used to have one such box and we can drop a chit of paper with questions to be answered by others. The purpose of such boxes was to answer the questions that students may feel uncomfortable to ask in person. So, most of the questions and even answers were not having any identity.
It became my favourite box because it gave me a friend in a new school. On my first day in school in class 6th, we were introduced to this box during assembly. Being curious by nature I started dropping questions every day and this was the very first thing I used to do after reaching my classroom. Then before leaving for the day, I used to check whether it is answered yet or not. The sequence of dropping the questions and getting the answers went on and one day I dropped a question about "Test-tube baby". I read this term in a book in the library but could not understand it. Being in class 6th, this question was not answered by anyone and after waiting for 4-5 days, I got a reply, "Contact Dr. Smriti- biology teacher for grade 11th and 12th". I got scared with this reply and kept silent for a week. Then again I checked the box and found a chit with the details about "Test Tube Baby". I was surprised but happy. I wrote, "Thank you" on the back of the chit and dropped it back. The next day, after dropping my question, I checked all the chits and found a reply on my thank you note saying "You are welcome dear". This made me curious to know who is she and I asked the same question in the question box. Although I was not expecting any reply to my surprise I received a reply, "Can we become question box friends?" and I wrote "Yes".
And even after asking and replying so many questions of each other, we are still "Question box" friends.
This is my entry for A school box - creative writing contest