when we think of the word BOREDOM, what comes to mind? Do we think of sitting on a couch, having nothing to do? Do we think of having no friends to interact with? Do we think of requirements that are not fun but need to be completed?
Do we think of school?
Did you say yes to that last question!?
Are you serious!?
ARE YOU SERIOUS!?
Are you SERIOUS?!
Phew, Yerevan just joking. Thankfully. I began to hear numerous marching bands carrying (and booming) drums of doom inside my ears, and these drums of doom echoed inside of my heart, and then...and then...
Okay, let's return to our normal discussion of boredom. So: we all think of different experiences and events when it comes to boredom. And yet, in Chapter 12 of THE BREADWINNER by Deborah Ellis, we hear Parvana's inner hopes: "She wanted to sit in a classroom and be bored by a geography lesson. She wanted to be with her friends and talk about homework and games and what to do on school holidays. She didn't want to know any more about death or blood or pain," (130).
This inner desire of Pravan shows us a different view of BOREDOM--one that is safe, stable, and absolutely joyful.
We all have different experiences, and while very few of us may have endured the kind of deep trauma and tragedy that Parvana does, we all bring our past experiences into the ways we view school.
So, now that we know Parvana's feelings about school--it's safety and stability--what are yours? In other words: how do yo view school and what does SCHOOL symbolize for you?
Share your ideas below!
And our word of the day today is ARDUOUS, which is an adjective that means extremely difficult, as in this example: Climbing Mt. Washington may be arduous, but reaching the peaks and viewing the world from there is stunning and worth the work.