Silent Lunch is a novel and exciting experience for primary school when we all observe a pact not to speak during lunch time. The benefits are many: most obviously it is a form of self-discipline where the focus is food. It requires an ability to still the mind and in the process slow everything down to focus on the food we are eating. Students learn to communicate using other senses and so learn not to take the gift of speech for granted. Most importantly, it is a terrific team building activity where we all comply to achieve a common goal – silence in the Dining Hall! Success is defined by participation of EVERYONE!
Move over ‘Noise’.
The match point is ready to be played at the centre court.
We get ready to revere ‘silence’ in the dining hall.
The new ‘Friday dressing’ at school for all.
The students and their mentors get ready to welcome silence with open arms.
The order of the day.
Eerie silence prevails,
One hears the muffled footsteps of stillness
that tiptoes in and touches every soul.
The students struggle to savour it, touch it, and rejoice with it
with a forlorn smile on their face.
Then one hears whispers and sighs,
unspoken words unfurl like a bud,
the dining hall is all quiet, all still,
the tranquility envelops everyone in shades of silver and grey,
mute protests gradually give in to acceptance.
Then a new sign language evolves,
soft whispers are heard,
the forks and the spoons speak in Morse code,
silence bonds many hearts.
Then suddenly from that silence sprouts a soft giggle,
it manages to create a ripple in the sea of silence,
and surges ahead in every nook and corner of the hall,
creating a crescendo among all.
One hears a peal of laughter rolling like a huge wave.
It sucks everyone in a whirlpool of merriment and laughter.
The mirth, the gaiety, the wave of giggles
Join hands to play the winning match point.
By then the students have emerged from their chrysalis,
contented to be them.
Move over ‘Silence’……………next Friday is another day.
Ms. Shikha Roy