Cowboys, Soccer Players, and Blue Birds

Vacation months were simply fabulous. Sure we had our holiday homework and chores to do. But even then, there was so much time to while away.

The summer days were terribly hot and it was inhuman to let any child outside to play. So we were to sit indoors and device ways to keep ourselves engaged. At least until sunset. We woke up late. And we spent some time in front of the TV watching the Quran reading and the Kuwaiti Folk Dance programmes. What kept us waiting were the cartoons that were aired right after these two items. Tom and Jerry, some Japanese cartoons, Heidi, Little Princess, and Daddy Long-legs – all these were dubbed in Arabic. We didn’t really understand too much, but they were cartoons and we wouldn’t miss it for the world. The Kuwaiti TV channels began their western programmes much later in the day. Around 4pm. That is when sitcoms like Saved by the Bell, and Charles in Charge, were shown. This time, in English.

We were not allowed outdoors, but we still could play in the corridors of the building. Cricket was not a big thing back then. Not to the Indian kids born and brought up in Kuwait. Instead, we used to read Nancy Drews, Famous Fives, Secret Sevens, and Hardy Boys. And as a spin off, we formulated “secret clubs”. There was a janitor’s closet at end of the corridor and one day, we found the door was unlocked. Seven of us bundled inside the tiny room and decided this is where we will have secret meetings from now on. We had a name – the Blue Birds club. The name came from the school bus we used to take to school. The big yellow school buses made by the “Blue Bird company”.

We used to play cowboy-cowboy. Nothing sophisticated… We were cowboys and we used to imagine we have horses and that we are riding them everywhere we go. So instead of walking or running around like regular kids, we would “gallop” everywhere J It probably came up from the Westerns we used to see in Eastman color. We did not understand a word. But we loved watching them.

Sitting on the half-broken building wall, we fervently discussed about Captain Majid and his incredible soccer team. Captain Majid was this Japanese cartoon about a soccer team. We used to watch it – of course, in Arabic. When we were fired up sufficiently, we scampered off to the open space to play, while some of the “grown ups” made membership badges for the Blue Birds club. I don’t remember the names of most of my playmates from back then, except a girl named Meera. And that was probably because I did not like her all that much. These were the pre-Gulf War days, some 20 years ago. Today, when I see an old episode of Small Wonder or when I hear the theme song of the Mickey Mouse club (M-I-C-K-E-Y…remember??), all these come rushing back to my mind in disjoint snippets. I feel nostalgic and I try to Google and YouTube them out.

Sadly, that is all I can do now to become a Cowboy, a Japanese Soccer Player, and a Blue Bird all at once.




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6 responses to “Cowboys, Soccer Players, and Blue Birds

  1. Excellent post! I too miss my childhood summer days from Kuwait. Remember how our lives were centered around TV characters….do you also remember Thunder Cats and Captain Power? I guess they were more boyish shows ;) BTW, I also attended UIS looong back.

  2. Thunder thunder thunder thunder catzzzz!!!lol!I remember!I dont remember Captain Power.Rahul.. Rahul.. Whats your complete name? I may know you :)Its been ten years. Gosh.

  3. wait a min! Rahul Gladwin D’souza??How be you??

  4. Sigh*…y did we have to grow up..!! And then there was GI Joe too…!!

  5. y cant the current soccer players play like captain majid..!??! Everyone w their special powerful moves and strong enuf to drill a hole through the net…jumpin up in the sky w the ball to avoid defensive!!

    And yo u sure abut those yellow bus..!?! I cant seem to remember seeing them arnd the school..!!

  6. @LeAn : Those were mainly in Carmel School. I used to study there before Invasion.

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