The Friday Class

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§  Follow the road safety rules.

§  Look at both sides of the road before crossing.

§  If someone offers you to hold their hand while crossing, accept their offer. Do not think you are too old for it.

§  Listening is important. You might not be able to see a vehicle coming from an odd junction but you can hear its noise.

§  Avoid talking to anyone. Safety is vital.

§  Never run or stop in the middle of the road.

§  Take adult help for carrying huge or odd shaped things, like boxes, bicycles, prams, trolley bags, etc.

§  Watch out for drivers who do not abide by the traffic rules. There are vehicles coming from the wrong way.

§  Take your time and cross the road only when you are confident.

§  If you drop something on the road, do not be in a hurry to pick it. It is not more important than you are.


The Friday Class is the first published work of Mariam and Fatima Masood, authors of the book I Know Who You Are!


Ø  A wallet too big is difficult to carry. Buy one that easily fits your pockets.

Ø  Prefer a wallet with a zip as the money notes will not drop off.

Ø  Write your name, contact number and email address in one of the pockets. In case you loose it, someone might be able to return it to you.

Ø  Coins do make the wallet heavy but it is always a good idea to have some handy. You can make quick purchases or help your parents get the parking ticket.

Ø  Before keeping any important documents in your wallet, inform your parents.

Ø  For emergencies, keep a list of contact numbers of some of your relatives.

Ø  Equip your wallet with bandages, toothpicks and tissues.

Ø  Take responsibility of your gaming cards. It will save your parents the trouble of storing them.

Ø  Cary a part of your pocket money, and remember savings are vital!

Ø  Even if you have money on you, ask your parents before making a purchase. They will help you take the right decision.

o   Realize that your behaviour is a reflection of your country, religion, family and parents.
Be responsible!

o   When you arrive at your friend’s place request for a place where you could keep your belongings.

o   Make a list of things you have brought as it will help you to pack up later.

o   Then, call your parents to tell them you have settled and are doing well. Remember to tell them that you are missing them.

o   If you want to use something like the phone, washroom, television as your friend or his/her family member politely.

o   What comes out goes in – whenever you use anything from your backpack return it back so that you don’t forget taking any of your things.

o   Remember the last talk you had with your parents and follow all the instructions given.

o   If you plan to go somewhere from your friend’s house inform your parents and seek their permission.

o   Eat healthy and well, gather at least 8 hours of sleep, and be particular about your personal hygiene (wash your hands after meals, brush regularly and shower often).

o   Leave a ‘Thank you’ at your friend’s house appreciating their care and hospitality.

§  What you choose to tell as a joke and how you tell it, reflects your personality.

§  Remember that jokes are told to laugh with people, not to laugh at them.

§  Avoid relating incidents that might embarrass the people around you.

§  The comments you make should not offend any culture or religion.

§  Do not use your imagination to exaggerate the incident – relate it as it happened because it entails spontaneity.

§  Be sincere, honest and sensitive.

§  Losing decency to win people’s smiles is often proves to be unworthy.

§  Mimicry of people does offer temporary audience but it leaves you unaccompanied in the long run.

§     Avoid giving too many details – it tends to spread boredom amongst the listeners.

§  Quick and witty humor is more enjoyable than practical jokes. It helps you find like-minded people and prevents you from facing hard consequences.

o   Before taking the call, reduce the volume of your television/cd player/mp3 player/computer/laptop to show respect.

o   Listen patiently to the caller.

o   Avoid doing any other tasks while talking – the person on the other end can make out that you are preoccupied.

o   Do not give any personal information.

o   Ask the name of the caller and the person s/he wants to talk to.

o   Take down a message incase the concerned person is not available.

o   Do not interrupt the caller when he is talking.

o   End the call with a polite comment ‘It was nice talking to you’, ‘Take care’, etc.

The Friday Class article is published in Young Times.