#SoCS July 16, 2022

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “bagged.” Use it any way you’d like. Enjoy

We have lived in our small town for almost forty years. My husband studied dentistry in the Dental college of our university. It is a teaching hospital . After completing post-graduation he worked here till his retirement in 2017. Every year families of the staff members were invited to attend the Graduation Day and the dinner that followed. I loved to watch the students in their best dresses and the look of love and pride in the eyes of the parents. The presentation of the degrees, different awards and the oath taking  made the evening special for everyone. It was nice to see the expressions on the faces of the students who had bagged the first, second and third prizes of merit, awards in sports and other prizes. The award for the best outgoing student was announced as a finale. Usually the student was popular and hall would resound with the applause of all who had gathered there. Though I did not know the students, I enjoyed the evening 😊.  

When our children were small, they looked forward to the dinner that followed. They waited for the special dessert. It was a pudding. They loved the cake mixed in custard, fruits and chocolate sauce. Perhaps it was the custard pudding cake. Among the children it bagged the first prize 😊.

Of all the tennis grand slams, Wimbledon has always been a favourite. I watched the finals with great interest. Roger Federer is my all time favourite😊. But this year I did not see a single match. I wonder why?  Long back I loved cricket and it was thrilling to watch the excitement on the field when wickets were bagged by the home team. And I remember that match when Anil Kumble bagged ten wickets. I think it will not be forgotten by cricket lovers in India. Years passed and I am no longer interested in cricket. Now I do not even know the names of the players.

New interests have replaced old ones. The internet has opened a whole new world. In fact, the world has come into my home. Blogging is an important part of my life. And books, I cannot imagine not reading a book. Books bag the first prize in my list of interests😊.

7th February 1999: Anil Kumble Takes All 10 Wickets in an Innings (news18.com)

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/42049507

https://www.atptour.com/en/news/ivanisevic-wimbledon-2021-relived

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. Due to the pandemic I could not go to the Home for the mentally challenged for two years. I had been going there since 2011. I have started going again. I was happy that some members remembered me :) All of them are an important part of my life. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made our lives richer.

8 comments

  1. That was a lovely blog post, Lakshmi. Don’t ever give up writing them. You are a complete natural.
    We went to see our daughter graduate at Durham a few years ago. You are so right about the students and their parents. I tried to work out what I what would say was in the air that day to create such an atmosphere. It took me a long time before but I finally realised. It was HOPE. Every single one of them was so full of Hope that you could almost feel it crackling around them.

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  2. I have rarely heard the word bagged used like that and was intrigued by the ways you pointed out. I always loved our college graduations also. Since it was an art college, graduation was followed by an opening of the student exhibition at the museum. It was a wonderful time to meet the parents and families of my students.

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