- Keep smiling.
- Never dwell in the past.
- Always see the bright side of things/a person.
- Remember that you are not alone and seeking for help is not a sign of weakness.
- If you are feeling down, talk to someone.
- Always be thankful.
- Stress is just a word. Remember, it’s all in your head. Think of happy thoughts.
- Take a break. Relax. Breathe and let go.
To others, maybe you are just one of those old structures…
but to us you are something.
Something more than that. Something great.
You saw us as we first took that step on your grounds, nervously waiting because it is our first day while latching on to our mother’s side, filled with mixed emotions.
You’ve seen us opening our new notebook, as we scribbled funny things on it.
You’ve seen us
You even witnessed our first puppy love – that childhood crush.
You’ve seen us
stutter during recitations,
got our first big zero marked in red ink, crumpled it and get on with it hoping our parents won’t notice.
You’ve seen us burst into tears.
You’ve seen our other side.
You saw that moment we cheated,
lied, and bullied someone, but you asked no questions.
You were silent.
You’ve seen our struggles and our victories.
You’ve seen us marched towards that platform, while receiving our medals, certificates, and diplomas. You were there looking at us happy and proud.
Then, that was the time you let us go, fully equipped with knowledge and wisdom. You set us for bigger challenges and more exciting victories. You watched us not marching towards you but away from you. You watched us leave…
You waved goodbye.
We left, you cried.
Do you remember those times you used to tell us stories? Yes, there were tons of it! We would never forget all those crazy ghost stories you used to scare us. You really had a lot of stories to tell back then but on the 18th of January 2016, we heard a different story. An even more terrifying than a typical ghost story.
A heartbreaking one to be exact. So different that you are not enthusiastic while telling us about it.
A part of you died. Burned to ashes, leaving us with cinders.
You sobbed, we cried.
Like a phoenix, you will be reborn, new, and stronger. But those memories…our memories…
The smell of your good-old wooden floors,
those fun times we spent sliding down the stairs using the top part of some broken desks during breaks,
those corridors where we used to chat, goof around, and read our notes while waiting for our next class.
Those were just few of all those great memories we shared. You were one of those stepping stones that helped us get to where we are today. With that, we’re forever thankful.
Heal, dear alma mater, heal… for we shall see each other again. Rise, rise with all your glory.
Like a phoenix, rise from your ashes!
The pictures above show the aftermath. My facebook friend Audrey Harry initiated a GoFundMe Campaign to help rebuild the school.
If you wish to donate, click here. Any amount will do.
Help us rebuild Plaza Central School. Thank you so much.
I was browsing through Play Store and I stumbled upon this free novela entitled A Christmas Gift. I read the synopsis and I was intrigued by it and I think this is a perfect book for this time of year.
It’s about a girl named Holly who thinks of herself as invisble to the boy she secretly loves, Caleb. Witness how their love unfolds in this sweet novella perfect for a quick Christmas read.
Let me know in the comments what books are you reading.
About the Book
Holly and Caleb had been best friends as children, growing up on the same street, but as teenagers they couldn’t be further apart. When Caleb unexpectedly asked Holly to help him pick out a Christmas gift for his girlfriend, neither of them anticipated where it would lead.
A young adult romantic comedy, from Stella Wilkinson, acclaimed author of The Flirting Games Series.
Please note that this is a short story of approx 7000 words (excluding front and back matter)
Books by Stella Wilkinson:
The Flirting Games (Book One, Free!)
More Flirting Games (Book Two)
Further Flirting Games (Book Three)
The Flirting Games Trilogy, (Books 1 – 3)
Good @ Games (Book Four)
Flirting with Friends (Book Five)
Halloween Magic & Mayhem (Book One, Free!)
Werewolf Magic & Mayhem (Book Two)
Solstice Magic & Mayhem (Book Three)
A Christmas Gift
All Hallows EVE
Romancing the Stove
Bend it like a Bookworm