The Secondary Academic Block of my School. Source: Google

Hey there! Its me your storyteller and we’re back again. Faster than you could count to ten. Now that we are all stuck in a pandemic, the world has now gone online. I believe the school shall start very soon. I just hope and pray everyday that my school reopens and I deeply hope that it will in a month or two. Although I didn’t believe the moment 2021 came, because 2021 has the same old behavior as the previous year 2020. In that case 2020 won not 2021 (Sorry I can’t stop when it comes to puns). New year but yet the same ways. My online school started this week after the relaxing winter break, I was just remembering my journey to school. Here’s how my daily routine used to be when there was nothing called COVID.

I wake up in the morning a little late than my usual time because I can’t be an early riser till I have bad dreams. Then I go for a shower and at the same time I brush my teeth because I used to get late. Then I get ready and run faster than the wind to my pickup point which is five minutes away if I walk. The journey from my house to my school used to be approximately a 45 minute journey. On my way I either listened to music on my phone because I also had to stay back after school on most days for playing cricket or listened to music in my head. I used to have a lot of fun with my friends in the bus because most of the time was spent in making jokes and laughing as if there’s no tomorrow. The entertaining journey then took us to our school. From there I waited for a few friends of mine and we walked for breakfast having a chat. Me and my friends are always in a hurry and never get time to have breakfast at home because of the bus waiting for us. After breakfast at the dining hall we used to run for the assembly. At the cafeteria we sit down with our breakfast discussing about projects, homeworks, Marvel, thinking about pranks or cracking puns while munching breakfast.

After that I headed to attend my classes, there me and my friends studied, took notes, doodled in my notebooks, playing with pens, chatting around, looking at other students and watching what were they doing. As I did my usual stuff pretending to be busy and occupied. Me and my friends and couldn’t wait long for lunch. After a few periods we finally had lunch. Me and my friends go for lunch, have lunch and arrive with full tummies. Before we could enter our classes we play outside in the lawns or in the jungle gym or just sit down in the open doing nothing or coming up with pranks, dares or anything to fool around and entertain ourselves if we were bored. After lunch we went inside our classes and were tired, waiting for the school to end. There were just 80 minutes left for the school to end post lunch. I am indeed a bright student but the mischief, the scurrying away to our desks when the teacher was arriving or the cracking jokes was what I liked. Even though I am a bright kid my foolish antics made me a last bencher. Another excuse to justify the first excuse was because I was the tallest in the class. When we couldn’t hold our patience waiting for lunch or waiting for the school to end, we headed slowly in slow motion to the washroom if we had a boring lecture going on. Me and a few friends waited in the washroom styling our hair and in slow motion we used to walk and return to our classes. If my teachers asked me why was I so late. I would answer them by saying that either the toilet was clogged or I was sick. But I never was consistent with the excuses at all. Because no one would really care nor would the teachers if you return from the washroom after two minutes. Finally when the timing was 3:30PM and we would walk out of the classroom on our way for some snacks. We used to get some snacks and headed to our school buses.

I always hated staying at home because I love school more than my home because having fun at school was a hundred times better than having fun at home. When the world entered 2020. When a small bat, a stupid flying animal just changes the entire world. The next thing that happens is that I am stuck at home with my laptop on. 2020 had been harsh on all of us. I would kill for school. I would love to just to go to school because staying at home pre-Covid was looking forward to Learn Another Day and Have Fun Another Day. Comparing normal, happy school from a boring, virtual, abnormal online school has several differences. If we had to meetup we would either after school or at someone’s house. Here we have to meet up on communication platforms like hangouts, discord, whatsapp and whatnot. When in 2019 I used to talk to my friends or we used to talk to each other in midst of a class. In today’s day and time it happens through chatting and staying online through private chats. It will be much more sadder because some friends are also leaving the school. Although even if one friend is shifting to another city I will still go behind his back and eat his head and have a lot of fun. The uniforms, the mischief, the notebooks, the sports, going to other classes when the teacher was still not in our class, pranking each other or talking during class has changed. I just hope everyone’s school is reopened and everyone just gets back to school and gets back from this unfortunate time.

I just hope we all get back to school and social distance from masks, from Covid, from loneliness, from a pandemic and from online classes. If I had a time machine I would be going back to to the past and stopping this virus that has destroyed millions of things and people.

One day we will be back in school faster than we could count to ten

I hope you enjoyed, I’ll see you next week 🙂

Yours Sincerely


Published by Chinmay Patgaonkar

The world is made of stories as well as atoms

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