“126th story”

First published: Jan.23.2020

A story by Laleh Chini:

As I explained our lifestyle in my book “Climbing Over Grit;” we lived on one massive property with my four uncles and their families. Because of this, we were always busy having fun and being together.


One of my cousins and I were the same age, so we spent lots of time together. We were playmates.


It was getting close to the start of school, we were about six years old and it was time to go to kindergarten.

Our mothers took us to school shopping. We got lovely school bags and bought many fun things to fill our bags with. We were extremely excited.


On registration day, our mothers took us to a school near home that was about a 15-minute walk and registered us. My cousin and I were so proud that we’d gotten accepted into university.

We still had a week before the first day of school. Every day we packed our school bags and went to the yard and the only thing we talked about was our school bags and other school-related things.


One day we couldn’t wait any longer. We looked at each other and decided to go to school, “why wait?” we said. We walked out of the property quietly so no one would notice. No one could stop us.


We walked to our school. We thought we knew where it was. But didn’t have a clue where it was exactly located.

We walked and walked and tried different ways to find the school. We were so excited and frankly lost, so we didn’t realize how long we were walking.


Eventually, we found our school and saw our mothers crying and wandering in front of the closed door of the school.


They had been looking for us for hours. We were missing but didn’t know that.

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  1. Thank God they knew where to find you! You must have loved the first day of school. Did you walk or did your mothers go with you?

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  2. Beautiful story 😍💕
    I still remember the day when I got registered in school.
    First month of my school I spent in my principal’s office as I didn’t like my classroom 😍
    The most beautiful time of my academy was my primary school 💕💕

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  3. You and your cousin really have been very eager to go to school. I think that’s a little unusual. 😉 I do hope that school fullfilled all your expectations.

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  4. Lovely and congratulations on the book and and book awards. You are very talented storyteller.

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  5. The Good thing was that your parents knew where to find you. Excitement made you guys dare to walk to the unknown path to school.

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  6. Busy being together. I so wish my son could feel it too.

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  7. I was the same; I could not wait to enter school to learn how to read 🙂

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  8. Such a big adventure for you, but very worrying for your mothers.

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  9. Laleh, this is a lovely story. The three of were all were ready to start school. 😊 The innocent adventurous heart, childlike faith of determination.

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  10. must be nice to like your kin
    good bio
    me i hate my kin
    thank goodness
    most of em is dead
    ten four
    honey lamb!

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  11. What enthusiasm for learning!
    What anxiety for your mothers!
    What joy that the two of you came to no harm!

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  12. Lol they were looking for you guys while you all were looking for the school! Thank God for His guidance for leading you guys to the school safe & without harm. Blessings & more grace!

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  13. Did that lovely story take place in your home country Iran, maybe in a village?

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  14. It’s a good thing they knew where you were! What an adventure. 😀

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  16. Hi Laleh. Thank you for visiting and following HoB. Much appreciated!

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  17. So sweet, I love this story too, good mothers love with their entire being❤️.

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  18. Got my order in! Can’t wait until it arrives.

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  19. True
    My son attempted this while he was in UKG
    That day I still remember
    Prayers brought him back through a senior student,
    I thank that boy still.

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  20. Aww, that’s so sweet.

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  21. Laleh, you have captured a moment in time filled with the blessed innocence of being a child. It takes me back to memories from long ago.

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  22. Awwwww, what a story! Sounds just like something an excited and curious child would do. So glad you were found! 🥰

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  23. I love this heartfelt story.. kids having fun, mother’s worrying.. a heartfelt story Laleh!!! hugs and love💖

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  24. I hope this would not be the last taste of freedom in their childhood lives.

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