The first time I realized the world wasn’t a perfect place was when mum refused to pick me up from my crib, although I was screaming my head off. All I could do about it at the time was to apply the same tactic (screaming). Later I noticed that a smile might do the trick, so I tried that too. But it didn’t always work.
In time I began hearing the words “Hey, the world’s not a perfect place!” quite often. There wasn’t much I could do about it, except imagining myself bigger and stronger than the bully who pushed me, ate my chocolate, robbed me of the first snowdrop I wanted to offer to the girl I liked.
No, it wasn’t perfect at all. Once I learned to read and write, I began looking for the perfect one. When the daily torture of doing homework became unbearable, I often saw myself leaving home with only the “bare necessities” and a walking stick. I tried that once, but the walking stick didn’t keep away the dog which made me give him my sandwich.
So, tired and dirty, I returned home, convinced that not only was the world imperfect, but that perfection didn’t exist. We had an old house, with many rooms. One rainy day, devoured by boredom, wandering from one room to another, I came across one which I had seldom entered before. It was the library, full of books and atlases, the world of worlds which became my world. By opening its door, I opened a window on the world. “Read as much as you can”, father told me, “There’s a world in every book”. I started travelling far and wide, crossing deserts, climbing mountains. I fought battles, defeating dragons and armies, I found treasures making new friends. But, most importantly, I realised I didn’t need a crystal ball to look for the perfect world and the way to get to it. I began to understand the world I live in and what’s more to understand that beauty and perfection come from within.
Acest eseu este castigatorul premiului special in cadrul 2011 Shakespeare School Essay Competition, grupa de varsta 11-14 ani, avand ca tema o descriere a unei lumi perfecte pornind de la 4 imagini sugestive. Premiul a constat intr-un cadou surpriza din partea librariei Carturesti, o carte in limba engleza din seria penguin, de la Fischer International, voucher de reducere 25% la un curs de vara de limba engleza la Shakespeare School, discount card oferit de Puma, cadou din partea Reprezentantei Comisiei Europene in Romania. Dorim sa il felicitam pe George pentru faptul ca s-a evidentiat din peste 5100 de eseuri trimise la concursul national de creatie in limba engleza organizat de Shakespeare School si ii uram mult succes in continuare!