The Day I Needed My Handkerchief

Yesterday, while I was doing my assignments, one of my schoolmates called me, she said “Mark, you are needed at the computer room”. So I kept my things and went straight to where I was told to go but I’ve noticed something strange with my schoolmate’s eyes, they were red, like she have just cried. The idea that I will need my handkerchief popped into my head so I returned to our classroom and retrieved it.

Before I opened the door, I asked myself “Why would they summon me here?”. But I didn’t want them to be kept waiting so I knocked, opened it then entered. There were only four people inside, our Student Affairs Coordinator, SBO Adviser, Level Coordinator and our highly respected Guidance Counselor and I was like, “What on Earth have I done?” and then I found out that it’s for selecting the AY Foundation Awardee for this year.

At first they were just asking about school stuff, like “Why do you think your classmates recommended you for this?” and whatnot. It went just like a casual interview but not with casual people. Then they have dug deeper into my personal life. They asked questions about my life outside the four corners of our classroom and beyond the gates of our school, about my family, and about myself. The way they spoke those words, it gave me a sudden change of mood. While answering them I have never expected myself to shed tears, not in front of them, not in front of anybody else. And it’s my first time for this year!

They have offered me tissues but I said I have brought with me my handkerchief [so that’s  the purpose!]. I have never felt this way before but to know that they have shared with you the thoughts you can’t voice out feels like I have defied gravity at its finest. Before I left, I thanked them for listening even though my voice trembled during the interview. And they have also asked me to summon another person there.

Then I thought, they’ll make another person cry. 🙂