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.