Water is life
My Dear Children,
How many of you know that today is world water day? The United
Nations declared March 22 as World Day of Water in 1993 and ever since,
the day has been observed under different themes every year. The theme
for this year is 'Water and food security: The world is thirsty because
we are hungry.'
Not having access to pure water is a major problem faced by many
people across the world. Some people have to walk several miles in
search of drinkable water. But it seems that many of us who have access
to pure water do not know what a precious gift of nature water is. Most
of us have access to pipe water and sometimes you might have seen how
people leave taps open and let the water flow unused into the drain.
Whenever you witness such a thing always advise them not to do so.
Only those who have to undergo a great deal of trouble to get pure
water would know the value of water. Out of the thousands of quotes that
are on the importance of water, what Benjamin Franklin had once said
seems to speak for all; when the well is dry you know
the worth of water.
The thirst for water will be quenched only by consuming water. There
is no other substitute for that. So my dear children, always treat water
as a scarce resource.
Imasha watched her father applying glue on the sole of her shoe. That
afternoon as she walked home from the bus halt, she found the underside
of her right shoe had got separated from the top half. It made a
"flip,flap" sound as she walked.
After a few minutes the sound stopped. When Imasha looked down at the
shoe she realized the sole had fallen off and was lying by the side of
the road. She picked it up and limped her way home wondering how she was
going to go to school tomorrow for she had no extra pair she could wear
in an emergency like this. “There you are,” said father, pressing the
sole to the upper half of the shoe with his hands.
the shoes outside for the glue to dry
“First let us keep it outside so that the sun will dry the glue. Then
let us keep it under the leg of this chair the whole night and tomorrow
morning it will be as good as new.” He ruffled Imasha’s hair. “You know
that I had to spend a lot of money this month when grandma fell sick.
Next month I promise you I will buy you a new pair of shoes.”
The Next morning Imasha realized father was right. The shoe looked as
if nothing had happened to it except for the slight yellow line of glue
peeping above the sole. Imasha did not mind this at all. So far as she
could walk around comfortably that was all that mattered.
On Thursday when they had their dancing lesson Imasha removed her
shoes with the other students before she entered the hall where Miss
Nelum waited to teach them kandyan dancing. “Thei yath, Thei yath, thei
yath tha...” Miss Nelum waited till they performed the opening steps
called the namaskaraya before she began the lesson.
When the bell rang at the end of the lesson Imasha went to the
entrance and absentmindedly slipped on the first pair of shoes she saw,
her mind still on the new steps Miss Nelum had taught the class. Imasha
loved the dancing lessons so much she day dreamt of becoming a dancer
one day. It was only when she came home from school and started to
remove her shoes that she realized the shoes she was wearing did not
belong to her. These shoes were brand new.
Moreover the telltale line of glue was missing in the right shoe. She
ran to her mother and explained what had happened.
“We must tell your class teacher tomorrow about this,” said mother.
“Some girl in your class must have worn your old shoes. We must return
the new pair to her and get your old pair back.”
“But mother can't we keep this pair? It is brand new” said Imasha.
“No, Imasha,” explained Mother. "It is not right to keep what does
not belong to us.
Think how sad that girl must be feeling without her new shoes.”
“Yes, Mother” said Imasha. “I understand. I will find my old pair of
shoes tomorrow” she promised.
When Imahsa's mother told the class teacher the next morning about
the mix-up with the shoes Miss Anusha said Dinushi's mother had told her
Dinushi had come home yesterday wearing an old pair of shoes instead of
the new pair she had bought for Dinushi only a week ago. The mystery was
solved. Dinushi and Imasha exchanged shoes.
A few days later, Miss Anusha asked Imasha to remain in the class
after school for a few minutes. Miss Anusha handed Imasha a box with the
name of a popular shoe shop printed on it. “This is a gift from
Dinushi's parents,” said Miss Anusha. “They are happy you returned
Dinushi's shoes to her.” Imasha stared at the brand new pair of shoes
inside the box. She blinked back the tears that came to her eyes. She
was happy she had listened to her mother's advice.
Hum, humming bird hum!
can you utter,
The secret how you
Or can you tell me,
how you flatter,
To a beautiful
I can see you scatter,
And sucking nectar
which is bitter.
But there's no matter,
About what is better,
Because you need
In the hands of the
Royal International School,
She’s everything in my world
in my world
Makes me warm,
And gives me love,
When I need it
She gives her shoulder,
When I need to
She gives me advice,
When I need one to
She teaches me what
By relating her past
Now my life is great
Because of my mum,
She is the star,
She is the moon,
She is everything,
In my lovely little world.
Grade 5 B
Sailan International School
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