HOLIDAY FIREWORKS FROM THE HOPPER HOUSE !
Those were hot🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞 April Avrudu 🇱🇰🇱🇰🇱🇰🇱🇰days , back in the Hopper 🍛🍛🍛House ,🏠🏠🏠🏠when we girls 👩👩👧👦👩👩👦👦used to study , out on the balcony, burning the midnight oil .🕐🕐🕐
We would drag out our chairs, table lamps🏮🏮sit out on the balcony in small study groups, and cram away, Peacefully, way into the warm tropical night .⚫️⚫️
No- Not Really ..
Not all were Sleeping in Heavenly Peace 🛏🛏🛏 it seems……
Some ‘ Restless Lovers 🚶🚶🚶🚶‘ – ( to use Narme’s words ! ) but, we used to call them ‘ Sarong Johnnies , would come by, stand under the lamp post on De Saram place , in front of Hopper House ,🥞🥞🏠 making funny noises and doing things , playing with their ‘Thing’ under the sarong .
It was a while before us Hopper House Good Convent Girls ( not from St Anthony’s Convent )-⛪️⛪️⛪️clued into what was going on ! and it irritated us , 🤷🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️disturbed our peaceful study groups .
Many methods 👯♂️👯♂️were used to discourage these “ Restless Lovers- Sarong Johnnies ‘—including our night watchman Mr Perera, who would go out chasing them off from time to time, , police officers 👨🏼✈️👨🏼✈️👨🏼✈️chasing them away etc . etc .
Nothing worked – and a Restless Bunch they were, much to our annoyance .
Nights 🌗🌗were getting hotter, April Avurudu Festivities taking a fever pitch in the City of Colombo and beyond .
I suddenly had a brain wave – !!
So I informed the all the girls 👭👭🏃🏽on the 3 floors facing De Saram Place, about my plan, and not to worry if they hear any unusual noise coming from the 3rd Floor – particularly Room #4- my room balcony .
I purchased a long string of fire crackers – “ Rathingcha “ ☄️☄️☄️☄️as we used to call them back then, real big, loud ones , waited till the ‘ Restless Lovers- Sarong Johnnies ‘ – were active in their pursuit of their Manly Pleasures.
I lit the string of Fire Crackers-🔥🔥🔥🔥and threw them out the balcony, with all my might !
Off they flew out , ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️ with a Big Bang, into the hot , humid tropical night- like so many Meteorites with a long trail of blue – white light and thick smoke, as if they all came right out of the clear starry tropical night sky .🌙🌙🌙🌙
And off ran 🏃🏽🏃🏽🏃🏽🏃🏽 the “ Restless Lovers – Sarong Johnnies “ , and ran 🆘🆘🆘🆘they did , with all their speed and might, before “ The Thing “ under the sarong caught FIRE !🔥🔥🔥
Peace , Peace , Peace Be Unto YOU All !!🔚🔚