We'd have 4 exams every year- 2 quarterly and 2 half yearly, and we'd wait for the academic year to end so that the summer hols could start and we could play as much as we wanted to! But right after they started, we'd complain about the heat and would want it to rain.. Soon enough, May would come and go.. and we'd be out shopping for new books, a new back-pack, water-bottles, pencil boxes and what not!! And of course with it also came the rainywear shopping. My parents, my brother and I would all go out on a Sunday, usually a day before the school could re-open, to buy raincoats, gumboots and umbrellas!
We'd wear those full length raincoats and huge black gumboots, and jump in puddles of water splashing it all around.. How we cringe at kids who do that now!
We'd wade through knee-deep water, make small paper boats and float them..
We'd hope for it to flood just so that we get a day off from school.. (most of us STILL do that! :) )
One tradition that my building folks followed was Carrom. When monsoon set in, we'd all gather at my place.. Children, our parents, their parents.. all became one when it came to playing the "29 point game" or "paisa-paisa" on the champion board while it was pouring outside..!!
The board's no more now.. Gone are those days too..
Now all we do is snuggle up on the couch and watch movies at home...and children have taken to video games and the like...!!
OMG I almost sound like an old lady now.. :D
Buzzing out to get wet.. Happy Monsoon Y'all !! :)