If I could only pick two words from the dictionary to describe this event, they would be: hectic and tiresome. But before I start recounting (and simultaneously ranting) about this event and why I've labeled it with those two words, I'd like to explain what dewa Athena actually is and why it contains the name of a greek goddess.
The joke is, it has nothing to do with the celebrated greek goddess. It is actually short for "olimpiade siswa ajang tunjuk kebolehan, eksistensi, dan kebersamaan siswa" which translates to "Student's Olympics to showcase their talents" or something along those lines. Dewa athena is a sport event which is comprised of a series of sport competitions, such as basketball, football, dodgeball, and others. In this event, however, a few games such as gobak sodor, which is a traditional Indonesian game, and tug of war are added to sprinkle more fun to this event.
Long story short, on 25th of March, I went to school at 7 in the morning wearing my assigned jersey, which was a deep color of maroon with a slash of black across the chest and my name embedded on the back and my favorite number, which is 15, stitched in bold under it. From school, I walked to the sport field on foot with a couple of friends. Sure enough, the basketball court was filled with a lot of people from different classes. The various class jerseys made them look like scattered candies. I lined up with my friends until the rolecall ended.
At 08:30, the basketball competition started. I decided to take a shelter under a shade and watch the boys play. It was very rough and the ball constantly bounced towards the audience. We all shielded our head and silently prayed that it would hit someone else instead. The game ended with class 8 winning.
Soon after, class 9 which is my class was called by the committee for Gobak Sodor against class 8. As I mentioned before, gobak sodor is a traditional Indonesian game where there are two teams: attacker and defender. To decide which class would be the defender in the first round, a representative from each class did a coin toss. It was decided that class 9 were to play as the attacker. The defenders, because there were 10 people, divided themselves into 5 teams of 2 and formed a short human chain with their arms outstretched as a barrier. The attackers, which included me, were tasked to get pass each human chain without getting touched to the last chain. Long story short, none of us succeeded and the attackers were declared losers.
The sun was blazing and I was drenched in my own sweat. Throughout the whole event, I felt rather delirious and lethargic because I'd skipped breakfast that morning. So I asked my friends to replace me in the games I was supposed to participate in to avoid the worst case scenario and instead cheered for my friends. I think luck was bestowed upon my class that day because my classmates won the first and second round of tug of war.
At 3 in the afternoon, after watching competitions after competitions and cheering on the top of my lungs, I decided to go home and call it a tiring day.
|A picture of me and my friend wearing the cool jersey.|