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Short story By: nmn

a story on discipline

Submitted:Dec 17, 2007    Reads: 21,377    Comments: 2    Likes: 1   

Gaurav was a fourth grade student. He was a good boy, always smiling and did well in his studies. However, he had one bad habit. He would never wake up early in the morning. Due to this, he was always on his toes in the morning. Bathing, getting dressed, eating breakfast was all done at a maddening pace. His parents always advised him to be more disciplined, but, it all fell on deaf ears.
One day, as usual Gaurav was getting ready for school. He ran out of his room. His father saw him and asked him to slow down and eat his breakfast. Gaurav replied that he had no time. He picked up a sandwich and rushed out. His father just smiled.
Gaurav managed to reach school just in time. He was surprised to find the school deserted. He wandered in and found the principal. The principal seeing him asked," How come you are here at school? Didn't you know it's a strike? Anyway, it is good that you are here, now you can help me with my work." Gaurav's heart sank. He had no idea what to do. The only solution was to finish the principal's work fast and go home. Alas, he was wrong. The principal first made him to write down the names of all the students in the fifth grade in the register book. Then he made him go to each classroom to keep dusters and chalk. All of this took up almost half the day. Gaurav was famished. After finishing all the tasks the principal gave him permission to leave. Gaurav decided to eat his lunch. He realized, in his hurry he had forgotten to carry lunch box. He started his journey back home. He was waiting for the bus when a passerby reminded him that the transport services were stalled due to the strike. He had to walk for 5 kms.
Ultimately Gaurav reached home tired and hungry. He saw his dad and asked him if he too went to the office and returned home. His father replied," No, I knew there was a strike. It was in the papers." Gaurav could not believe it. He asked his father. "You knew it was a strike and you still did not stop me from going to school?" His father replied," How could I tell you, you were in such a hurry." Gaurav realized his mistake. He apologized to his parents and swore to be more disciplined in future, because "Discipline is the secret to a fruitful life."


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