I remember the first time, I took my son to school.
I made him learn all the P's and Q's and also the rules.
Holding my finger, the little one walked
Not knowing what was in store for him as we talked.
I told him of the playmates he would meet
All teachers and the headmistress on the seat
In the premises, a beautiful garden, a park
Where he would, on his first journey, embark.
Lovely fairies in colorful dresses (girls)
Looking so innocent with their hair in tresses
Tiny elves who would play around (boys)
And loiter in the classes and in the ground.
There would be colorful blocks and vibrant toys
Available for all the girls and the boys
A blackboard where the teacher would show
Figures of numbers and alphabets kids know.
Hearing all this the little one said
"Mom I am not at all afraid,"
"But tell me mom, will you be there ?"
"To cuddle me when I need your care ?"
To this, my silence was heavy with remorse
"I am always there for you, for better or worse."
"Just call me and I shall be by your side."
"To love and care for you, I shall abide."
We reached the school and I bid him adieu
Handed him over to the security guard in blue
He whimpered, as he was taken away,
"Mumma, mumma, where are you today ?"
My heart did cry and my soul did weep
I knew he was hurt inside very deep
He was searching for his mom, who wasn't there
How would he receive her love and care ?
What about my promise to be by his side ?
When he called me, why did I hide ?
Behind a tree, to avoid seeing the sight
Calling his mumma to hug him tight.
When this memory haunts me down the years
My voice does break and my eyes have tears
The first time when my son went to the school
I taught him the P's and Q's and the rules.
@ Dr. Sujata Chatterjee