One of my best childhood memories is that of me climbing trees with my cousins and friends . There were altogether five of us ,all girls and I used to be the youngest and naughtiest of the lot. Two of them were my aunt's girls ,the other two our neighbors. From the neighbor's backyard there's is a grassy path which eventually connects to a field ( not that kind where kids play cricket , but a greener version with full of plant life) there among the other trees and plants stood a teak tree, which used to be our final destination. Its not just that we just climbed it for fun of it ,this was more like our secret playhouse or escape route where we were free to be ourselves dodging the adult's ever monitoring and supervising eyes . We used to carry our notebooks, sketchbooks and pens and pencils etc. upto to tree and then we used to spend an entire morning sitting on it's branches. While we were on our way to our tree paradise, there used to be pond full of small fishes and turtles, sometimes even baby snakes. Since I was the baby on our group, the others never allowed me to enter the pond. I remember sometimes my mom or my aunt used to come to get us, whenever an over enthusiastic relative visited . We were forced to and come down and say hello. Sometimes mom used to come to us with snacks like fresh guavas and mangoes. Ah ,I miss those good old days. I still can't believe that two of them had married, and one of them has a kid now, who already have grown up to my age when I used to climb trees. Anjali Binu ST.TERASA'S COLLEGE ERNAKULAM
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