By Amritha Bhaguan
My excitement heightened as my feet hastened to the destination of the occasion we long awaited. It was party time, a time to celebrate the occasion of a new era for Parkdale Project Read of which I am a part. Simultaneously the fact that this place is like a second home increased my steps to get there in a hurry. In reality, it is a place that many learners accomplish learning and a space that accommodates people of all needs in finding a new life in one way or the other. I finally got there and the place was out-of-this-world.
I sensed the welcome of warmth, love and appreciation. It was easy to depict that the elaborate food, detailed decoration and fine music was not for the aristocratic guests only. In fact it’s the nature of this center to make learners especially first place in everything they do. Food, music and dessert never ran out. There was not a dull moment. There were lively conversations all over the room, and fortunate for us, the very first people that initially started to think of such a reading program was in our midst.
As we proceeded into the other half of the celebration I was asked to cut the cake with the founder of the program. Followed were timely speeches and reminisces of past good works. After that, for some reason people did not show signs of wanting to go home so there was a prolonging of celebration with louder music and dance. Finally when guests were leaving one could have only heard echoes of good thoughts, good comments and so many promised to come again to make their contribution in tutoring and other ways to benefit this program.
At this point I want to thank the Parkdale Project Read staff for the meaningful way they included me.