As I embark on yet another journey as a librarian I stop to remember the journey so far. And I go back to the time I first stepped inside St.Mary’s school as Librarian. My first job and I had butterflies flitting across my tummy. I had no idea what I was supposed to do. I met Bhooma Ma’am who was then relocating to another city, and hence was resigning from the job. I was introduced to the job that required the patience of an ox and the hardwork of an ant. I learnt the nuances of being a librarian. And then slowly without my knowledge I had made friends that were too many to count and now share an ample space in my FB account. I was not just a Librarian, the children found me as a partner in crime. I was naughty with them but they knew well not to cross limits and I never faced disciplinary issue with them. They shared their heartbreaks, crushes, success, disappointments and even their darkest secrets, knowing only too well that it will be well guarded. An then I was made English teacher to substitute for a teacher on medical leave. And believe me I was jittery having to face you outside my comfort zone. You helped me grow and learn to be confident in every situation. I had a tough time getting you people to calm down and to contain your excitement. Had to take extreme steps as well, but I am blessed that it never came in the path of our friendship. Our bonds only deepened after my teaching stint. I realised that you were much more comfortable with me as you had seen me cry out of desperation. I still cherish the cards and bands you gifted for Teachers day and Friendships day. My job was thankful because I found you.
You increased my tank of knowledge and fun by including me in your repartee. Never for once did you flinch before me in sharing snippets that had me flipping with laughter and wonder with amusement. You guys are me lifeline. Whenever I feel down in my journey I need only to look back and rewind. I know you wrap me with your love and affection. I cannot take names as then this post will never finish. But yes there are some very special people who have left an impression in my heart that warms me in my coldest days.
I thank Annie Koshi Ma’am for giving me my first job and valuable lessons as well as opportunities for learning and growing. And then my special people: Kaul Ma’am, Joyshree, Lepakshi, Serene Ma’am, Annie Tharyan Ma’am, Mary Ma’am, Paromita Ma’am, Anu Thomas Sir, Pradeep S, Pallav, Ganeshan, Trisha, Gitanjali, Amarinder, Kriti, Lalit, Ishaan, Shrestha,Rowena, Mahima, Ashish P, Baneet, Siddhant, Shashank, Suhas, Arjun, Priya, Deepanshi… I hope I get to meet you all some day. You are all very special and each moment spent in SMS is etched in my heart forever. Love you all.
P.S. I LOVED GOING OUT ON SATURDAYS WITH YOU GUYS TO HABITAT CENTER FOR BOOK TALKS. 🙂