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  • Once I got a punishment in the class for speaking with another kid while the teacher was teaching. I had to write 1000 times - 'I will not talk in the class.'

    This was just before a two day holiday that we were going to get and I sighed knowing well that my holiday was ruined. During our holidays, my mother used to take us to her office for an hour after their lunch break. I used to look forward to it!

    In the office I saw some people using carbon paper to make copies of their work. A bright idea struck my brain.

    I got back to my punishment and finished it in a short time span with the help of the carbon paper! I was so proud of my quick thinking brain.

    When I got back to school and submitted my task sheet my teacher threw it back at me! She told me that I had cheated and I should now write it 2000 times!

    I came back home crestfallen and narrated my story to my parents. They told me that I had made a mistake and it was fitting that I go ahead and finish the new punishment.

    Have you ever tried writing that sentence 1000 times?

    It was killing my little fingers and burning my brain. And then again, I got a bright idea. I asked my younger brother to help me out and in return I would help him convince dad to buy a toy jeep that he has been dreaming about for some time!

    My brother's handwriting was awful back then (maybe still is..hehehe...Ok I didn't say that!) so we did this trick...for the first 30 fullscapes I wrote the entire sentence and then for every alternate ones he wrote for me. Finally, I completed the assignment ,submitted it and fervently hoped that the teacher would not find this fraud. Well, the good news - she accepted my task sheet.

    I think my brother and I have become good 'business' partners since then.....and at least some good came out of a boring punishment!

    (Picture courtesy: Becky Stern via Flickr , creatives commons license)
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