I received an sms yesterday from someone I used to work with saying "SELAMAT HARI GURU". I was puzzled as yesterday was 5th Oct and not 16th May, the day we always celebrate in school . I replied to the person sending the message :
"Tq but wonder why you text me SELAMAT HARI GURU? I suppose you mean Selamat Hari Raya...".
"Today is world teachers' day," his short and sweet confident answer surprised me when I was about to think that he had wrongly typed the message.
"Really?? How come I never knew...." I asked back. "Probably because I'm now a domestic engineer, no longer a teacher...at the moment," my 'nak cover line' answer.
Still not satisfied, I googled World Teachers' Day right away and among the things I found are the themes for each year since it was inaugrated in 1996. The theme for this year 2008 is :
Deep inside...shame on me...shame on me...a teacher not knowing a world teachers' day....? Hello my TEACHER friends out there...how come I've never received any world teachers' day greetings from any of you before? Errr...I myself have never greeted any of my TEACHER friends on world teachers' day as I myself was never aware of it...! hi hi
Interestingly, this world teachers' day greeting that I got comes from a non-teacher friend...my ex-boss...a corporate figure @ a successful businessman...our kind-hearted YDP PIBG (I was his very dedicated secretary then..he he..before coming to Dubai). Thank you so much 'Mr A'. Thank you for still remembering me in this far far away desertland. I know you may not be reading this (because you do not know) but if you ever accidentally come across this entry of mine, I want you to know that I really appreciate this first time in my life world teachers' day greeting!
p/s - To all my TEACHER friends : Happy (belated) World Teachers' Day!