My first recollection of my childhood is
the day I toppled down the stairs when I
was three years old. I was so upset that I cried and cried for nearly an
hour in spite of my parents' attempts at comforting me. Finally, I quietened
down when I was given ice-cream and chocolates. Luckily, I was not hurt.
My days were happy ones before I started going to school, as I had good
neighbours to play with from morning till evening. We played games outdoors,
dressed as cowboys and Red Indians and rode about on our tricycles happily.
There were also other games to occupy our time.
At the age of five years, I had to attend kindergarten and this turned
out to be quite an ordeal for me. To
begin with, I felt very sad having to leave my mother and go off each
morning to be amongst strangers. I cried and wanted my mother around, much
to my teacher's displeasure. As the days went by, however, I made friends
easily in class and found company. I became happy again and actually looked
forward to leaving the house each morning.
I still remember those days when I was learning to ride a bicycle. I fell
and bruised myself several times but I never gave up. Finally, I was able to
join my friends going around the neighbourhood on my bike.
Another fond memory is the end-of-year concert held at the kindergarten.
I was chosen to play the role of Jack in the play, 'Jack and the Beanstalk',
and I became a celebrity overnight receiving lots of compliments for my
I now realise what a wonderful childhood I have had and at times wish I
could relive those days.