She came and hugged me when I was sitting at my table.
"Teacher, Happy Teacher's Day!"
The hug was long and tight. I giggled.
"Ok, ok Aca...thank you very much!" Still, she hugged me tightly and didn't let go.
"Come on girl...thank you very much. Read your book, revise," I continued giggling. It was already awkward. She was still hugging me. Her head was at my shoulder. She then looked at me.
"Ok teacher, I wanna kiss you." She kissed me on both cheeks. I was stunned.
"Kiss me back, teacher" She smiled. I did kiss her back, on her cheeks. Still giggling, I said thank you, half-stunned but feeling fully happy. She went back to her seat.
She was the brave one.
When everyone was answering the Add Maths paper this morning, the class went deadly silent. All eyes were focusing on the questions. The struggle was obvious. And it was the perfect timing to replay the memories from the back of my head.
This was the song that brought me into this world. It was Nirvana "Come As You Are" that helped me to gain a place in the course. It was an interview for a twinning programme for TESL.
I was asked the reason why I wanted to be an English teacher. After all, I was a Science student. I told the interviewer that I love English songs. So they asked me to sing a song.
I sang half of the song. With my ugly voice. The pitching was everywhere. But I sang.
As simple as that.
I didn't go impressing them by saying teaching could change anyone's life. I didn't bluff them saying that teaching is a noble profession. I didn't know at that time that teaching could inspire anyone.
I wasn't even prepared for the interview in the first place. All I knew that day, my parents were waiting outside of the room, waiting for us to hit the road back to our hometown. And in front of me, four 'big' people, talking in English, asking questions related to my life.
All I did was answering them from the bottom of my heart.
"What if your students asked you about difficult words that they cannot understand? What should you do?"
"I will ask them to check from Mr Dict," they burst out laughing at my answer.
Seriously at that time, I didn't realize that Dict sounded really like Dick. But, that was exactly what my form 5 English teacher said to refer to our dictionary. Mr Dict.
While some of them were still laughing, I remember one of them, Puan Rozana (God bless you always) said:
"Come as you are, Noorul. Come as you are into this world of teaching"
And I definitely did it!