The First Time You Were Really Happy?

Do you remember the first time you felt happy? Not just ‘normal happy’ but rather, insanely happy? That feeling when you’re absolutely sure that you’re the happiest person on the planet? I do…

I must have been around four or five years old then. Those were awfully trying times. We had just learnt the nursery rhyme, ‘Georgie Porgie’ then and I became the laughing stock of the entire class, because of my surname. I used to feel downright miserable about it and I was constantly on the lookout for redemption.

Georgie Porgie, Puddin’ and Pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry,
When the boys came out to play
Georgie Porgie ran away.

It came in the form of a game we used to play in class. The game was awfully simple. While music was being played, you had to run around the classroom and as soon as it stopped, you had to sit at a table of your choice. All the tables in class had coloured tabletopsThe teacher, who would have her eyes closed all this while (obviously), would then call out a particular colour. All the kids sitting at a table of that colour were knocked out and the game would go on, until only one person remained. Pretty soon, I figured out a way of beating the system. I noticed that the teacher never called out the same colour twice in a row. So as long as I headed to the colour that had been knocked out in the previous round, I’d be completely safe. This tactic worked perfectly and it felt devilishly good to wipe the smirk off the idiots who had laughed their heads of while singing ‘Georgie Porgie’. That was it: happiness. I felt on top of the world then. Unstoppable. Unbeatable. But it wasn’t meant to last…

After a couple of days, the teacher caught onto my trick and began to mix up the colours that she called out, making it completely random. My winning streak came to an abrupt end but hey, it was amazing while it lasted!

Do you remember the first time you felt like this? Please do share in the comments section…

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