School box culture is life's assetMihir had come back from his office. He entered searching for Meena, his wife, in the bedroom and saw her sitting there beside an open window. The Sun had set, and the room was almost dusky, but Meena seemed to be in another world. It bothered Mihir, and he softly patted Meena. She got a little surprised and anxiously looked at her hubby. Her eyes disturbed Mihir further, and so, he inquired about her well-being. Meena confessed that her health was not a problem, but the thought of their son's future bothered her a lot. Mihir immediately asked about the reason behind her worrisome approach.
Meena says (taking a deep breath): Today is their son, Subham's last day in school. It's their farewell day.
Mihir: So, why does it bother you? Now, we are parents of almost an adult boy.
Meena: Mihir, you don't understand what I want to say. You see, till school life, a student's life revolves around his school box. Whatever he learns throughout his years in school remains unadulterated. A child's school box contains precious things for life as books that impart academic knowledge also a lesson of sharing with classmates and learning to respect and love others away from home. Thus, the school box is an entire world of learning for a student. It provides food to the child to ask questions and fills hope within them of having their doubts cleared by the teachers. It's such a precious item in a student's life that satiates intellectually and emotionally too. But, the day a student reaches an end of the long school box journey, his life itself becomes a Pandora's box. It's this which is bothering me a lot.
Mihir: (Till now, he listens patiently). Very softly, he remarks that it happens with every child. Life cannot be stagnant, so with age, Subham needs to see the real world. In school, a child leads a sheltered life, but once he grows up, then he must learn the skills to face the bitter truths of the world, only then he can learn to live.
Meena: I know it all, still have some fear. When a child carries a school box to and fro, it instils innocence in a child. It imparts the best possible knowledge. It keeps a child in the contact of the most righteous people who are called teachers. They not only educate but teaches the wisdom of life within a place called a school, which is like a second home for the students. The day school life ends, and students leave their school box culture, it seems all the evils in this world have come out in the open and are waiting to victimize them. No hope seem to be around because negativity is widespread.
Mihir: Oh! Dear, you are in extreme agony. A school box practice always teaches to aspire something big and proper, and that works like a hope for a child. Life after school is indeed full of torment, agony, falsehood, mockery and much more, but we shouldn't be afraid of it. When will our school box culture come in use? We know what the world has in store for the innocent school leaving kids. That's when we, the parents, who know the difference well would come to their rescue. It's our school box culture, and post-school experience will guide Subham to achieve his dream with dignity. You know, Meena, the school box culture never dies. It's an asset which continues from one generation to another. Those who stray away from pure school box culture to the evils of worldly life lacks guidance from their elders. So, relax and let Subham grow in such a way that he learns to carve the right path for himself.
Meena: Thanks a lot, dear Mihir. Your sensible words have taken away all my worries. Yes, let Subham see, judge and choose the righteous path for himself.
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