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Tuesday, June 28, 2011





Childhood is a very impressionable age. One incident of my childhood is indelibly printed in my mind. I was eleven years old when I had just joined middle school. The children of primary school did not admit me in their company and those of middle school didn't want to be friends with me. They treated me as an outsider. To add insult to injury, they often fooled me and made me a target of their jokes. No wonder I got into the habit of visiting the nearby orchard for solitude and gradually started stealing fruit


Once I got into the orchard and climbed up a huge mango tree. The owner saw me and unnoticed by me put a today dog looking like a real dog at the foot of that tree. After eating fruit to my fill and filling my pockets with mangoes. I though fo getting down. It was then that my eyes fell on the dog. My blood ran cold. I waited and waited for the dog to go but it remained there. After all deciding to face the consequences of my theft. I jumped down.


Imagine my surprise when I found that the dog which had frightened me to the bone was just a stuffed one! I started laughing helplessly at myself. The owner heard me and I was caught. He was a kind man. On my begging forgives he let me go with just a kind word of advice. Can I ever forget this incident?


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