Onam is the most widely celebrated festival in the Indian state of Kerala. People make flower carpets at homes and offices and institutions to welcome prosperity and the mythical King Mahabali.
On the Onam celebration day at school, students had to bring flowers to class to make the flower carpet. We enjoyed the process and there was also a competition to see which class made the best flower carpet that day.
I think it was when I was in the 2nd standard, on the day before the Onam celebration day, that I collected some beautiful flowers from our backyard and the paddy field, and I was all set for the celebration. But the next day, when I got into the school van, in my excitement, I forgot to take the flowers I had collected to school.
When I reached there I realised that it was missing from my bag. My friends were super excited to show the flowers they had brought but I was so sad that I couldn’t bring mine.
The students started drawing the design and getting the flowers they brought ready for the carpet, but I stayed away from it with a feeling of sorrow and disappointment.
My teacher came to the class and asked me why I was sitting idle and where were my flowers. I told her with a sense of guilt that I forgot to bring them from home.
She smiled at me and took me to the staff room, opened her bag and gave me a bunch of beautiful violet flowers of Asian pigeonwings and asked me to join my friends in the flower carpet making 🙂
It felt her like a Goddess and I was literally blessed with a boon! And I joined my friends with a great sense of honour!
When I look back it was a very tiny incident but the 8-year-old boy in me cherishes it for a lifetime…
My gratitude to the teacher for her fantastic gesture that day!
See how our little gestures leave deep marks in the hearts of kids!
Have a happy Onam everyone! 🙂
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