There was too much hullabaloo all over the school and in the playground. All of us were busy getting the children assemble house-wise. It was Sports Day. Children were excited. Noise all over, PTI's whistle blowing and blaring sound of the loudspeaker. Suddenly,I felt a hand on my shoulder and... I saw Abi with a red, swollen face, crying uncontrollably in his teacher's lap and wanting to come to me. I understood the problem immediately.
Abi is not comfortable with too many people around him or too much noise. It took a while to bring him back to normalcy. For the next two days he refused to go to his class or his teacher. He stuck to me all the while, even though we were in different houses. It took a lot of persuasion to make him participate in different events meant for nursery kids. On the first day, he participated in frog race, toffee collection and throwing a ball competition. After participating in the event, he would rush back to me. To my surprise, he came first in throwing a ball and second in frog race. I later found out from his teachers that he is good in frog jump and should have come first. The second day, he took part in running race and bagged third prize. Whether first or third, it really did not matter to us. Our happiness knew no bounds. As far as I'm concerned it was no less than the Arjuna award!
He, of course, was least bothered whether he got a prize or not. All he wanted was his naani by his side (and some peace!) When the results were announced and his name was called, he simply refused to go up the stage to collect his prize!. With great difficulty, we made him to take his position on the stand but then he refused to take the medal around his neck and hesitantly took them in his hand. It was much later, after coming home I made him wear the medals and clicked a few precious snaps and the medals have taken a central place in our living hall. Congratulations!!! Bless you my darling.