88 : Competition
. "Ok students, like every year, this year also we will have our Annual Christmas Tree competition. Each one of you has to create their own version of the tree, then present it in front of the class and explain why have you decorated it the way you have" said Professor Gerard to his eighth graders. He was a class teacher at The Bishop School in Manchester, England. .
Karan got a little excited and a bit worried on hearing about the competition. He was an exchange student from India who had come to Manchester only three months back. Last year, the Government of India had sponsored an exchange programme where 15 students from across the country's Government schools would be chosen to go on a 6 month exchange programme to different countries. Karan was chosen from his town Bharuch in Gujarat basis his all year good performance in studies and sports. .
While Karan had heard a bit about Christmas in his home town, it wasn't a festival that they celebrated and he did not know much about it. Moreove, he felt that he would never be able to match the local studentsin the decoration. But there was no choice as it was mandatory for every student to come with their own Christmas Tree creation.
On the day of the competition, everyone came with their beautifully decorated trees and one by one they started presenting their trees and the thought behind its decoration. .
Then Karan came to present his tree. The Professor and the students were surprised to see that the tree had no colours and it was made with faded, plain white pieces with gaps in between. Some students even laughed when they saw it.
Karan started his explanation: "This tree represents our life. The fence around is the world that we live in. In our lives, in order to succeed, we have to keep climbing up and doing better and better. The path that takes you up will be filled with gaps, empty spaces, wrong choices, but you will have to find the right places to put your foot on and keep climbing. It won't be easy but once you reach the top, you will feel like a star"
He then flicked a switch and the lights came on, making the tree look beautiful! ...Rest of the story in comments