First of all let me thank you personally for this thread. This made me go down to the memory lane. I would like to share my real life experience of my school days.
I still remember……It was when I was in Class 7.I passed my terminals exams with higher marks and stood second in the class. No wonder my father was not real happy but ok with my rank. Well, I was not at all surprised for his reaction. The main target was coming forth.
I was quite good in extra curricular activities and sports than in studies. Cycling was one my favorites of all. Not owning a good cycle was my major grief in those days.
I could remember my father said NO to the bike for my eldest bro, since its highly risky. According to my father (but obviously) four wheeler is always a safe vehicle.
So, coming back to the story, I insisted a good trendy cycle for me. My father said, look dear you got to earn your cycle with your own hard efforts. I asked him how? He explained-You stood second in the class in your terminals. I want you to stand First in your Finals. See if you can manage.
The targets was quite simple according to me, as a girl who stood First in the class was suffering out of major sickness and was not reporting to the school. I thought yes, I can do this and get my cycle. This is easy and I don't have to work real hard on this.
Twist was so funny and made me a lazy bone. The thought of sickness of my class friend made me weak to work honestly on my studies. And could you imagine what rank I had attended?
I was full nervous and mourning when I came back with my report card after final exams.
Every one at home was laughing as they knew about the condition to get my cycle. They could not stop teasing the whole year to see my rank 10'th in class. And yes, I never dare to ask for a cycle again.
But I am happy for my eldest bro, he is so honest that he was neither having cycle in his school days nor bike in his college level but now he is a pride owner of a New brand Hoda city car.Which was the very first car in our small family.
I truly believe what you posses should not be the gifted one but should always be the earned one.
I realized my tenth rank in the class was quite soothing one for my father in those days otherwise he would had to gift me the cycle, which was risky gift for me. I am always thankful to my father and proud of my family.