Life is like a mirror

- SRIJANA RAI, Kathmandu

Jan 13, 2016-It was almost dusk and I was constantly looking at my watch, which did not allow me to make sure how many acquaintances went past me.I was striding so as to reach my destination on time. As usual, I was on the way to a student’s house for home tutoring. The pavements were crowded by vendors and pedestrians.

I had to make my way through the crowd by jolting and elbowing them.

I happened to encounter an old student of mine who was returning from her college.

The closer she approached, the brighter my face lit, and the more excited my heart grew to talk to her. But she went past me without glancing at me, let along greeting. If she had just uttered, ‘Good evening, Ma’am’, my heart would have filled with pride and joy. It was very difficult for me to believe that a student who once got through an English paper due to my additional personal help did not even acknowledge me. I stopped, turned back and kept looking at her until she evanesced—she was now out of my sight. At that moment, I had virtually forgotten where I was heading.

I started wondering why she ignored me. Was it my fault to expect to be remembered by a student whom I had once helped a lot? Was she more successful than me—a school teacher who lives a simple life but does have high thinking? Were her parents unable to imbue her with moral values and respect towards teachers? Or are these things common in the twenty-first century?

I could not get a satisfying reply. I happened to remember a thing that every one of us is very conversant with. We go to a clothing shop, bargain the price of clothes with the shopkeeper and leave the shop. We walk past the shop after a long time, yet the shopkeeper calls us and greets us with a smile. By contrast, a student who is taught for at least twelve months ignores his or her teachers.

When it comes to protecting my students outside the school during off duty hours, I tend to find my mind in a state of the pendulum. Do my responsibilities towards students end at the school gates? I arrived at the conclusion that one should look only at that mirror that reflects one’s image. Someone has said, ‘Life is like an echo: we get back what we give’. All parents, teachers, legal guardians are supposed to inculcate in their offspring, students, or their juniors the real meaning of the aforementioned quotation. I am certain that they will feel a difference.


Published: 13-01-2016 09:27

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