A memorable school box gift from my uncleDuring our school days we were not in a position to have luxuries like even an ordinary pencil box. Today it may look unbelievable but it was the fact of life at that time. Anyway I had a school bag in which there were pockets and I kept my things like pencil, eraser etc in that. Everything was valuable for me as replacement was not so easy. The bag was very comfortable and there was absolutely no problem. I used that bag for about 4-5 years continuously. I had a habit of making sketches with pencil and sometimes I made some landscapes also. My uncle
worked in a remote place and was having a meagre salary and used to come home once in a year as his family was in our ancestral village nearby. Generally he had 20 days leaves and he used to spend some time with us also as he loved us much.
During one such occasion, one day I was making some sketch with pencil and my uncle saw me doing it. He also had interest in it and he told me to bring the pencil box so that he would use the pencil and eraser etc to show me how the advanced sketches are made. I brought my bag and opened it and from the pocket took out the things and he noticed that I did not have any box for keeping pencils or small things like that. He showed me how to make some mountain ranges and rivers and water flowing or stationary water with the help of pencil and eraser. It was so nice and engrossing. He went back to the village and told us that he would come 2-3 days before leaving for his job.
A few days later he came and stayed with us. He had two kids - one son and one daughter in the village who were going to village school and were in class III and V. He told us that he had purchased one school bag, a few copybooks and a few books etc for them and then he took out one paper wrapped item from his bag and gave it to me. I was curious and excited and opened it and it was a pencil box made of tin. It was new and shining like anything. I did not know how to thank him. Inside the box there were 3 pencils of different grade and also one eraser and one sharpener. It was really a great thing for me and I ran to my mother to show it to her and she was much delighted and was thanking to the uncle. That was the first pencil box in my life and I kept it for quite a long time as being a metal box it remained as it is and only thing is it faded slightly in its glitter. Later, I used it for keeping my pens and such things. My uncle is no more today in this world but I remember him for his generosity towards us when we really required things like an ordinary pencil box.
This is my entry for creative writing contest on school box.