For all the unique and extraordinary things that I look for in life and my surroundings, I could not have come across anything better than the “Full Pants Party”.
“There is a party in school on the 8th of March for the boys of class 5 along with their teachers. I need to prepare my boys. They will all be bringing full pants and different delicacies. I need to send them to invite the teachers.”
How long would I ignore the unanswered questions in my mind? The question marks and confusions with regards to this unique celebration was erasing little by little by the revelation of the details of this exclusive celebration hosted by the excellent team at Don Bosco, Liluah, rightly guided by Don Bosco himself.
To my understanding, the “Full Pants Party” was a celebration of the changeover from little to much more, limited to unlimited, from 11 to 12, from childhood to adulthood, from the junior to the senior section. And above all this, it was a change from half pant to full pant.
I was reminded of a very famous saying by a very famous person: “Life is a preparation for the future; and the best preparation for the future is to live as if there were none.”
The celebration was unique. Students came in half pants for the last time but returned home in full pants. They brought chicken, fish, paneer, chola, puri, fried rice, roti and so many other food items that they could count to calculate their happiness. Needless to say, there were sweets of unimaginable variety. It was not just in honour of the paradigm shift in their lives and their thinking but a tribute to all the teachers who contributed in a big way towards their upbringing, a treasure that they would be carrying with them proudly for life.
The students, teachers and fathers dined together but the most noticeable part of the whole program was the motherly feeling that every teacher went through as she served lunch to the boys. It was a HAPPY MOMENT.
Credit must be given to the institution for hosting such a unique celebration to boost the emotions of their dear boys and make them celebrate simple things with so much of respect and pride. It makes them feel good and as Ralph Waldo Emersonsays, “Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.”