There Was a Boy

There was a boy, he sat alone at an empty table at a café.

There was a boy, his eyes seemed to lack a certain twinkle.

There was a boy, he always kept his head lowered, eyes on the bank pages in front of him.

There was a boy, his lips never curved up into a smile.

There was a boy, he had blue eyes that only held sadness.

There was a boy, his heart was split into a million pieces.

There was a boy, he heard nothing but silence.

There was a boy, his tears flowed down his cheeks everyday.

There was a boy, he always felt helpless.   Continue reading

What do you want to be when you grow up? This is a question that every child is asked at least once. And many times the child answers the question by stating a job that his or her parents do. Other times they name a profession that the parents hope the child will grow up to be.

When I was young, I was asked that same question many times. At first, I would always answer with a simple “I don’t know?” and that caught people by surprise. Children often times speak their minds, and that is exactly what I did. Continue reading

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”

~Leo Buscaglia

Taking Chances

By: Shanzida Khandaker

“Mrs. Johnson, you need to give her some space, I know you’re worried, but excluding her from the rest of the group wont protect her. It was only one person that caused the problem, there is no point in blaming the ones who had nothing to do with it, and she needs to be able to communicate with her friends.”

“What if that Carry girl does something stupid and blames my daughter, even if she isn’t a part of it. Isn’t it safe to just keep her away from the girls that were there that day?”

“I understand where you’re coming from, but those girls were innocent, and they had nothing to do with it. It was just an unfortunate timing.”

“What if there is another unfortunate timing? What if she’s there the next time, what happens then? I’m not going to let my daughter talk to anyone that was in that incident, I’m not taking that chance.”

“Did you ever think that maybe it’s hurting her? That maybe she want’s to be able to talk to the people she has grown so close to?”

“I don’t care, I am her mother and I know what’s best for her.”

“Mrs. Johnson, think about this for a second. What if in the future she doesn’t have another choice, what if she has to deal with it the next time. If she doesn’t have practice, and she doesn’t know what to do except for running and hiding she will be in trouble.”

“She will be just fine, thank you very much. Now, if you will excuse me, I have things to do.”

“Alright, but Mrs. Johnson, remember one thing. You can’t always hid in the closet because you’re scared that the monster might come.”

Open Your Eyes

By: Shanzida Khandaker

When you’re born in a country, even if you didn’t grow up in it, there is always a special connection you feel towards it; there is that feeling of love that is unexplainable. However, no matter how strong your love is, regardless of the situation, your mind kicks in and you think logically. Logical thinking isn’t a bad thing, it’s actually the contrary. You adapt to the world around you, and then, when you go into a world that is so different from what you have grown up with, nothing seems to make sense.

I always felt mind boggled when I looked at the situation in Bangladesh. A country that had been so passionate to earn its independence, and had earned it, turned into something close to unexplainable. There is no denying that Bangladesh is a beautiful country; with the nature that covers the grounds of it and the forests that exists carrying the creatures only unique to it, Bangladesh is a country that is one of a kind. Continue reading