The Spaces Between Your Fingers

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My dad often told me about is cadet college, one of the most prestigious colleges in Bangladesh at the time. He told me the rules were extremely strict, and one of these moments stuck with him as a memory forever from the college.

Shopon was in his third year of military school in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He had been given the honor of attending a prestigious school with great academics, setting his future as a young adolescent, but what he really wanted was to be with his family. Even though he had gotten everything he wanted, and worked so hard for, he didn't fully want to be here. He came to the military school to create a better life for himself and his family, and that’s what kept his motivation strong during his times.

One day, Shopon was standing in the courtyard alone on his break, eating a snack. He saw some boys goofing off and hitting the fence in the distance. All of a sudden he heard yelling. "What are you doing?!" he heard one of the student captains yell. "You're going to get punished!” The captain was across the street, facing towards at the courtyard.

The boys started running away, as he saw the student captain run towards the fence. By the time the captain got to the fence, the two boys ran away, and only Shopon was there. "You!" the captain yelled to Shopon.

Shopon looked startled. "Yes?" he said. 

"You're going to get punished," the captain said.

"I didn't do it! It was the other kids," Shopon said, hastily.

"I don't believe you," the captain said, and dragged shopon to the nearest cement street by his forearm. "I'm going to punish you. Crawl across the street on your elbows back and forth until I say so."

Shopon told him again it wasn't him, but the captain wouldn't believe him. Shopon then reluctantly got on his elbows and started crawling across the street back in forth. The heat of the cement started to burn through Shopon's elbow skin. After awhile, he started to also get scrapes on his arms. After his punishment was over, he went back to his dorm, upset that he got punished for something he never did in the first place. The captain was proud of himself for discipling the youth.

Shopon couldn’t believe he was being punished for something he never did, and wondered why being a good person, this had happened to him. He was a good student, and a good person, but somehow still got in trouble. He mulled this over for along time, finally understanding that sometimes events like this happen and that is it in the rare.

Military School

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1974
Dhaka, Bangladesh

My dad often told me about is cadet college, one of the most prestigious colleges in Bangladesh at the time. He told me the rules were extremely strict, and one of these moments stuck with him as a memory forever from the college.

Tags: Military, STrict
Decade: 1970s
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Recorded by Parisa Khan on December 6, 2018
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