A lump crawls up the back of my throat, pushing at the corners of my eyes. It glistens on the ledge and threatens to fall.
Part 2/2 – How I made the patchwork princess too?
The patchwork princess from primary school days grew up without anyone telling her the right words to use. She could never really stop the boys from embarrassing her.
The primary school boys never learnt that ‘no’ meant ‘no’. That boy does not deserve girls affection after grand gesture. That there was a fine line between romance and harassment.
Primary school gossip was scandalous to say the least. Paper notes passed up and down grades, between friends – cautious of peering eyes. These were days before the DMs – I am talking about days before mobile phones and snapchat.
This is a piece I recently got cross-published on the blog mylandmycountry. It is about Papua New Guinean’s celebrating all that is good about our country.
Media attention awarded to Bugandi Secondary School of late, has tainted the name of this pillar of education within the Lae City community. I do not want to dwell on the events that have garnered such infamy, but it would be fair to say, there exists a sense of bitter distrust from the part of the greater Lae community.
But the nature of trust is that
it can also be earned back because bad does not necessarily mean ‘there is an absence of good’. At least that was my experience with the Bugandi Secondary School students on Friday, 6th October. An incident transpired during that day that showed hope and goodness that often goes unacknowledged about that institution.
I am not at liberty to fully disclose the details of the incident, least to say it was a hit and run and I, along with the students were first witnesses. I’ll add though that it was the quick thinking on behalf of the Bugandi students that led to the survival of the victim; the emergency ward named ‘Mr Friday Unknown’.
In a show of spirited heroism, the young men from Bugandi Secondary School gathered the seemingly lifeless pile of aged bones and soft tissue onto my ute. Without time to spare we rushed the Mr Friday Unknown to the accident and emergency ward at ANGAU Memorial Hospital.
There is always a moment of sho
ck that follows accidents so gruesome as that that reminds us humanity is nothing but skin and bones. It is the spirit that connects us to each other.
Seeing the spirit the Bugandi students showed to save a life gives me faith enough to say that the school is raising integral community members and citizens of Papua New Guinea. That lesson cannot
be overlooked. That lesson is more important then any piece of information that can be found in textbooks.
But this is not an isolated event. This act of selflessness is evidently engrained in these students. Almost a month before this incident a head on collision between two vehicles on Jawani Street (next to Bugandi) was witnessed by Bugandi Secondary School students who were unwilling first respondents to the scene, doing what they could to save the lives.
The description of the incident is not important here, but the character
demonstrated by the students is, again, testament to their strength and value as members of the greater Lae City
I would like then to commend the teachers and for their commitment towards their students. For believing in the goodness in your students. To the Principle, Mr Tony Gaul and your leadership team, it takes real courage and strength to believe in your mission with limited resources and the clout of negative media – for that I applaud you and your team.
Bugandi Secondary School has quite the journey ahead of it yet I believe that in the not too distant future, the institution will give the great city of Lae reasons to look upon it with the endearing fondness that it deserves..
For all my artistically inclined friends in Cairns. The Cairns Regional Council are about to launch their Major Murals Project and are opening up an info session on Tuesday 27th June 2017 at the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre.
RSVP to Simon Suckling.
Paint it up!
– Hans Lee
Thought I’d pay Casey Abrams a visit on youtube and fell upon this ps the pretty girl in the music video if Haley Reinhart (check her out to).
Have a great day!
Forgetting How To Cry
A sadness fell over me when I forgot how to cry,
a bird with clipped wings watching the sky.
The yearning for a tear to fall from my eye.
If only just one.
A cannonball falling, if but gracefully,
Release of a torrent, if only by a drip.
How I yearn for it to fill and overwhelm me,
weaken my knees and choke me.
So forgive me when I get angry.
Frustrated. Bitter. Distant.
I just wanna’ remember how to cry.
-by Hans Lee