The Oak and the Reeds

A very large Oak was uprooted by the wind and thrown across a stream. It fell among some Reeds, which it thus addressed: “I wonder how you, who are so light and weak, are not entirely crushed by these strong winds.” They replied, “You fight and contend with the wind, and consequently you are destroyed; while we on the contrary bend before the least breath of air, and therefore remain unbroken, and escape.”


I picked up a copy of Aesop’s Fables from the school library hoping that I could use a few fables for my classroom activities. I stumbled upon the fable above and I liked it so much that I decided to share. I’m getting sick of the term: go with the flow. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is a fundamental phrase for people that decide to take up residency in another country or, for those that want to enjoy life. However, I have heard the phrase so much that I am desensitized to it. For me its an ineffective mantra providing lukewarm effects at best. I need something to picture, a piece of nature to mentally embody, like Aesop’s Reed.

I won’t lie, September has been the hardest month for me so far. I knew it was going to be rough going in. August seemed to be chock-full of holidays. September is not. In the beginning my students were mesmerized by my fun  introductory lesson plans which included pictures of me and my family and name tent making. Now, the honeymoon period is over. I feel like they are testing me, it only takes one wrong move on my end for class to get out of control. On top of that, we have been squeezing in Bangla and our teacher training classes in every available slot that we have after school. This makes it difficult to pencil in all of the planned home visit/dinner invites I have been getting. Fortunately, looming in the distance is the promise of Durga Puja, a Hindu festival that starts on October 11, my birthday. The celebration is guaranteed to be BIG, some of the ETAs from the other cities are even coming. Plus, we get a month off of school and I’m going on a yoga vacation. So, I’m trying to keep my eyes on the prize: Birthday, Durga Puja, and 3 weeks of yoga bliss in Kerala.



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