When I was small, I used to study in a Cultural House near my house in the summer. The Cultural House had been there for quite a long time before I knew it and was surrounded by wild grass fields. For me, at that time, it was an old building which was full of mysteries so whenever I finished my class, I always ran everywhere to explore.
Later on, I discovered the three rusty giant swings, silently and secretly laid among the grass, waiting for someone to find out. Because the Culture House was so old that people rarely came there, even the children, it had become a secret hiding place and a very close childhood friend of mine. Those swings shared with me every memory of the days there: the hot summer afternoons, the cool rainy evenings, the lonely times when my mom came to pick me late and my friends had all gone home. I have never ever been able to find such a peaceful place like that since. A place where I could just lie down singing or even sleeping without being disturbed. A friend who always sheltered me from rain and sun, always listened to each of every silly story that a young and curious little girl could ever imagine ,without any comments. And may be, a second mother who comforted me whenever I felt lonely and abandoned.
However, as no one can stop the flow of time, summer wouldn’t last long. I left the Cultural House, was so eager to start a new school year with laughs and smiles that I forgot about a place, a thing that used to be very important. And I hadn’t once come back to that place until years later, when I had a chance to go back and recognized a familiar space in the old grass field, bringing back the memories about a thing that for long, has been holding a secret place in my heart. A piece of my childhood has stayed there, under the ground and among the green grass field. Even though the old Cultural House was bulldozed and rebuilt; the wild grass fields were rooted out and replanted; it will always lie here, in my heart. A beloved childhood friend of mine…
As you can see, that is the story about a very important thing for me in the past. Although it no longer exists, it’s still something dear and unforgettable to me. As in the poem “Tiếng hát con tàu” of the Vietnamese famous poet Chế Lan Viên said:
“Khi ta ở chỉ là nơi đất ở
Khi ta đi đất bỗng hóa tâm hồn”
(I hope that you still remember the poem. It has been only about 4-5 months, right? )
But my assignment isn’t just about a childhood story. We all know that if I hadn’t gone out and discovered the building, I wouldn’t have met my beloved childhood friend, so what I want to say is: Even though there are things that may be insignificant around us and usually we don’t pay them much attention, they can hold some secrets that one day become an irreplaceable part of our life. The matter is that you must have the courage to step out and find it! Just a small adventure around the place you normally come and you can discover unexpected things that can be surprisingly interesting! So what are you waiting for?
Obviously, “it’s easier said than done” so as an example, I have already discovered your beloved International School – the place where we (or at least some of us) are going to spend our four most memorable years of life. And here is the result. These pictures were taken in some particular places around our school. Your mission is to find out what is in the picture and where exactly I found it. You can leave your comments here to answer my questions. I will give the answer and some interesting facts about the places that I have thought of soon (or I won’t, if you don’t want me to!). So, have fun discovering and don’t cheat! 😀
P/S: I do think that we really should use only English in our assignment but if I use the English version for the quotation up there, I will have to translate it. But I don’t think that will be a great idea and as a result, I just keep it Vietnamese. So just in case we might come up with the same problem later on, what is your opinion?
Author: Trương Thùy Linh
ID: BAAU09328I’m the first one to post an entry so please comment as you will, I’ll try to revise my entry as soon as possible! And sorry if it’s too long for you, I tried to paragraph it so that you can read more easily! About the pictures, I took them by my mobile phone and I’m just an amateur so please forgive me if those pictures are too bad. 😛 And don’t forget to click on the pictures for more information! I just want to make things less serious. Hope it will help!