Tall Tina

first_imgTINA was eight feet two inches tall. She was born in a small village. Her parents were middle income earners and she was blessed with a kid brother and a ten year-old sister, three years younger than her. There was also Purfee, a little cat given to Tina by her father who was once a general in the army. The father lost his job due to a national crisis and later found himself in the village, with his family.  They lived in a two-room house that contained few chairs, two beds and some kitchen stuff. Before settling in this village, the family traveled from one place to another because her father had become an agriculturalist, always looking for good soil. It meant change of schools for Tina and getting new friends which was not something hard for Tina when the family finally settled in the new village. Majority of the parents were low to middle income earners. As a result the students did not worry about wearing expensive clothes.  So it was but for Tina she was accustomed to wearing tee-shirts, jeans and sneakers for school and was always in a hurry to tell her friends how she climbed one of the tallest trees during the day or how she went fishing with boys and caught the biggest fish.  “Honey, another great opportunity has come,” her father said to her as they ate supper one evening. “What’s it?” Tina asked. “I’ve been called back to the army and that means going back to the city.” “Really?” “Of course,” her father said, “and we are leaving a day or two from now.” Just as almost everyone, especially kids cannot wait or even sleep on Christmas Eve, so was Tina who could not wait to find herself in an environment that was full of almost all the most talked about things, (zoo, skyscrapers, parks, popular schools and others.)  The next morning, Tina asked her father, “What hour will the camp motor arrive?” “Maybe 7:00a.m.” “How big is the camp motor?” “Like a 40 feet container.” “Can it take all the big things we have here?” “Did you say big things?” her father said.  Tina replied, “Oh, I forgot, we’ve just few things here but daddy are we to forget about our garden?”SCHOOL was about to start and parents took their children for shopping. Tina’s parents too took her to shop for her usual wearing.  THE first day of school seemed to be the worse day ever in the life of ‘little’ Tina as she was always called by her father.  Entering the school’s fence, she stood and observed for a while and all she could see were girls wearing mini dresses, high heel shoes, purses and handbags, nails painted red and so on.   These were all teenagers like me, she thought. And just as everyone turned to look at Tina, who was standing above everyone, they shouted, “Tall Tina.”   Tina wondered how they knew her name.  She tried not to faint which she actually wanted to. She could not stand her blue jeans, tee-shirt; her low cut hair and flat chest that looked like a billboard as compared to those students.   Tina felt out of place and wished she could have just evaporated into thin air and not be seen anymore. No student could learn in the class that day, for she felt eyes were teasing her.   During the class introduction, Tina who wanted to lie about everything could not do it when she introduced herself and called her name. The whole class went wide with laughter.  At home she told her parents about her experience and concluded that she did not want to return to the school. However, they encouraged her. “Whatever career that is in a person is within and can only come out by the persons’ determination to make the best of herself.” Afterwards Tina realized she did not care anymore about being described as ‘Tall Tina’ or just a straight structure.  She did not care.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgAN eight-year-old Gaoth Dobhair girl may be a Donegal fan through and through – but today she was very much behind Mayo in their All-Ireland title bid.The men from the West finally saw off Tyrone in today’s semi-final at Croke Park.But 300kms away Eibhlín Ni Chnáimhsí was cheering on Mayo – wearing their manager James Horan’s jersey. And not just any old jersey….the one he wore at Croke Park last September when Donegal defeated Mayo to win the Sam Maguire.Eibhlín’s mum Josephine is a friend of the Horan family, having gone to college in Galway with James and shared an apartment with his sister Elaine.And when Eibhlín met James on St Patrick’s Day this year on Clare Island, where Elaine was celebrating her 4oth birthday, she was given the special jersey.“James spoke fondly about Donegal and our fans after the All-Ireland final last year and how brilliant they had been to Mayo, him and the supporters after the game,” said Josephine. “He gave Eibhlín his jersey from the game and said he hoped some of Donegal’s luck would rub off as a result. It seems to have worked so far,” she laughed.A dúirt Eibhlín: “Beidh Dún na nGall ar ais an bhliain seo chugainn.” DONEGAL GIRL EIBHLÍN CHEERS ON MAYO – WEARING JAMES HORAN’S JERSEY! was last modified: August 25th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGaoth DobhairMayolast_img read more


first_img5th races: The Awesome Indian Handicap dist(abt)2000 mts. 5th races: The Awesome Indian Handicap dist(abt)2000 mts. Santero (Mrs.D.Khaitan, Mr. & Mrs. A.Khaitan & Mrs. D.Jalan rep Soom Stud Farm Pvt. Ltd.) 50.5 B.Nikhil first Interstellar 57 A.Ashhad Asbar second Stevalena 52 Dashrath Singh third Sushi 60.5 C.Alford fourth All ran Won by: 1, 1-1/2, and 1-1/2 Time: 2 minutes 08.868 secs. Tote: Rs.37/- for win, Rs.17/-, Rs.17/- and Rs.14/- for places FC: Rs.135/- Shp: Rs.50/- Tanala: Rs.216/- Favourite: Stevalena Winner trained by: Vijay Singh — More Pti Cor SNP ATlast_img read more