I have had many friends who have entered and left my life. But put yourself in a house full of 50 boys with whom you wake up, put up, eat, laugh and sleep, and you will never get them to leave you alone. “I love all of you”, were the words spoken by my previous House Captain, on my very first day of school. “You may not know it yet, but it’s true” he said. Aha! I’ve heard of this literary device before, it’s called a hyperbole. But fast forward a year and I realized I was wrong; it wasn’t a hyperbole, it was an understatement.
This year started off with a simple yet important question to get to know the new boys: “What is your favorite movie genre?” “Children’s movies!” Bennett K exclaimed. Soon after breaking the ice, the boys were breaking some moves alongside Tobi Arisaka who demonstrated exactly how to drop the bass. With such an eventful start to the year, we used the memories we’d made to select thoughtful (and less thoughtful) presents for each other during our annual Secret Santa. Precious gifts such as the rare jewel(s) Casper shared with us, Johnny K’s bodacious midriff, and the entertainment Alexis C’s love life provided. Ricky however, was still searching for some extra “umph”. So to comfort him, Mr. Gage cajoled us with his soothing literature at the end of term. With such inspiring lines, it’s no wonder SLAM poetry pumps through our veins.
My journey with these boys had a distinct beginning, but my ties and connections with my Whittall family will never perish, and my journey with them shall never end. Special thanks goes to Mr. Gage, Mr. Amiel, and our beloved duty staff for changing our diapers and tucking us in. Just like the design of our house, our brotherhood will never wither, never fail, and never die. Unfortunately, the understatement is all I’ve got; I do love all of you, and I will always have your backs. Remember, you mess with the bull, you get the horns.
Garey Gan, House Captain