As I help my family spring clean & decorate until late at night, I'd like to proudly share with you what my students gave me for Chinese New Year.
|The Chinese characters & tiger are elevated with polystyrene. Recycling! I like!|
|A pop-up card! My favourite!!|
This boy innocently put a Nirvana logo on the card. Lol. Wait till he finds out what the company does...
or does he already know & meant something malevolent? hmm...
|This one has a meaningful message.|
From a Form 4 student who benefited from my PMR Mentor Programme last year.
My colleague & house mate, Cikgu Chieng, got his students to make Chinese new year cards for the teachers celebrating the festival. As you have seen, the students produced very simple handmade cards but they mean a lot to me & I will be proudly displaying them like trophies at my home in Kuching.
If you're reading this, dear students, thank you & I am so happy to have received your gifts.
To me, Chinese New Year is a time to appreciate the golden generation. We are so busy all year with our family, work & life that we tend to brush them aside. We don't know how lonely it gets having raised all your children only to see them fly the coop & find you an inconvenience. It's high time we fill up their empty houses, spend time with them, catch up & shower them with love.
Every year, I'd dedicate the 1st day of the Lunar New Year to family. I'd patiently accompany my parents & grandparents as they travel in a convoy with my extended family from house to house. Every year, the occupants of those houses turn from grey to white. Every year, they lose more & more of their mobility. Every year, the list of houses to visit diminish. It is heartbreaking.
I am far from being the most filial child. But I try to make up for my shortcomings at least once a year.
Do you remember those of the golden generation who paid extra care to you when you were younger? Do you remember those who encouraged you when your own parents did not understand you? Where are they now? Are you willing to repay their kindness?
It is better to take action now... when they are still around than to regret later.
Here's to a meaningful Chinese New Year!!!