Childhood revisited:I played truant

There are many striking childhood memories that will hardly leave me. The one that comes the most to my mind is how one day I played truant on my way to school.

I was about five years old. That morning, I left home late since I had been slow to get myself ready for school. Unfortunately for me, in my school, pupils were usually severely punished when they came late. It was, therefore, clear that the day would not be a bright one for me.

Fear gripped me; and intensified as I got closer to the school. Suddenly, an idea popped into my mind. I felt the urge to get into a nearby bush and stay under cover until school was over. Then I would return home. The school was about seven kilometers away from our home. This emboldened me as I felt confident that my parents would never knew.

For hours, therefore, I created, for myself, a cozy bed in a thick bush not far away from the school. I knew from that hide-out, it would be easy to know when school would be over and the other pupils would start returning to their homes after school.

That time was not long to come and I stealthily jumped on to the road making sure that nobody saw me. Then I got home.

My parents did not know what had happened. I was very elated that I had succeeded in my plan. Hardly did I know that the worst was on its way; and it did come. My crime was discovered and divulged to the school authorities; and I was severely punished. It served me right. That day, I learned never to play truant again in life.

That experience also remained ingrained in my memory.

Childhood Revisited

What is your earliest memory? Describe it in detail, and tell us why you think that experience was the one to stick with you.


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