Tuesday, December 08, 2009

The headmaster's platform.

I visited a couple primary schools on Uku island, an small island off Kyushu with a population of 3200.

In the school play ground, I found a very familiar platform.

Used to be that when there was a school gathering, usually in the morning, the headmaster would stand on the platform, and deliver a list of "dos and don'ts" to the pupils.

Other teachers and sometimes pupils would stand on the platform. When I occasionally stood on the platform, to make announcements as a representative of the pupil's body or to receive an award from the headmaster, I became very nervous. My legs would literally tremble.

Such a bittersweet nostalgia surges within one's bosom as one looks at such a object of sentimental values. The headmaster's platform.

All because a child has a magical power of imagination.

The headmaster's platform


Anonymous said...

The adult stands holding the child's magical imagining.

Anonymous said...

I have my own luxury to visit the elementary school that my children go to every so often and reminisce about my own school memories from what I see there. I feel somewhat awkward speaking to the schoolmaster on equal terms as a parent (ie mature adult), still unable to break the childhood mentality of looking up to him with utmost respect, and fear.

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yuzu said...

It is so fresh to feel when I listen to your voice on internet. All people will fell same as me if they listen to you.
Especially children can get it incentive. They are angels to create the world.
They have wings to go everywhere anytime.
I think if we try to be like kids it could be O.K. somewhere and sometime.
I think we need to have both of life for wonderful life truly for being adult truly.

砂山鉄夫(Tetsu Sunayama) said...

A brat was playing on and around the headmaster's platform. Just now, he ran away. Who was he?

I have seen him somewhere before, but where and when? Oh, that's me?myself in that good days...!? Wait!

Anonymous said...

nice post. thanks.