The Giving Tree a simple yet meaningful story. The tree unconditionally showered its love to the “little boy” who then became a man but still a “little boy” in its eyes. When the boy was young, he simply enjoyed the company of the tree. As time passed by, the little boy grew up and the tree aged. The “little boy”started making demands to the tree, who in turn fulfilled all his demands without hesitation – the apples, the branches, and the trunks. At the end of the story, the little boy (now a old man) was tired and only wants a quiet place to rest … The selfless tree left with its stump readily obliged. The tree was happy. Doesn’t this reflective of the unconditional love parents have for their children? Parents’ love for their children is perpetual no matter how old they are. These children might be the parents of their own kids, but in the parents’ eyes, they are still “their little kids”. Parents provide for their children unconditionally, not asking for any return. Yes, that’s how parents love their children. However, parents….. we may need to pause and think, is this “no boundary” love the right way of expressing our love for our children. In the story, the little boy never appreciated what the tree had done for him. He took the tree for granted and show no empathy and gratitude for what the tree had done and sacrificed for him. While we love our children, wouldn’t it be wrong for us to just shower them with love But isn’t right for us to just shower them with love, without teaching them what they need to know ? Aren’t we doing them harm if we as parents overly protect our children – when they make mistakes, we cover for them; when they face with difficulties in life, we clear the hurdens for them; when they face a problem, we readily solve it for them? Is this type of unconditional love right? Shouldn’t we as parents teach them what they need to learn in life while showering them with our love at the same time. Gratitude, empathy, respect, integrity, honesty, perseverance are some of the values we as parents should teach the kids … This is the way, I feel, as parents should do to show their unconditional love for their children. For we love you, we want to teach you well so you can stand up straight and be proud of yourself and live your life with no regrets.
I remembered the day when you were born
I say hi little angel welcome to the world
You answered with your loudest cry like saying I prefer to stay inside
Day goes by and how much you have grown
From my little angel to my little man and now my little giant
Almost as tall as I am, I no longer got the strength to carry
Just remember my little giant
We love you for who you are
Today, tomorrow and forever …..
The recent haze started our shopping spree… First the surgical masks, then the N95, next the air purifier.
This shopping spree is no fun (trust me). Everything that used to be readily available seems to be running out of stock soon. Much tries, we managed to get the masks… but the real challenge was finding an air purifier.
Air purifier seems to be an essential item in any household. Freaky out, I tried to shop for one last weekend but I left the malls empty handed….. “Due to overwhelming response, all air purifiers are temporary out of stock.”
So yes, we do not have an air purifier at home … Not yet. Just today, my friend showed me a pic of the dirty filter of her air purifier … For only 2 weeks, the filter was filled with dirt !!!! My god, I was shocked !!!! She told me, “see, I told you right… You need an air purifier especially if you have kids at home.”
This weekend, I will be out hunting for a purifier again… Some told me Honeywell is the best, some said Novita while others said Sharp. So what’s your recommendation ???
I have few PSLE Science Guides for sale. All in good condition and at half price. If you are keen, please drop me a liner here and I will let you know the titles I have. Also, if any of you wish to discuss anything re: PSLE, please feel free to comment in this blog too. Happy to share my experience :-p. cheers!
A chinese book review done by my genzkid …
非常班级 – 月亮＂亲吻＂地球之Girl Girl，Go Go！
作者 – 伍美珍
主人物 – 晓豆
哓豆的班有两个歌唱组合。 一个是 ＂E girl＂， 另外一个是 ＂帅 boy＂。 ＂E gi r l ＂是他们的死对头，都叫＂帅 boy＂为＂衰boy＂。
晓豆，唐阿祺，严若琳和敏魏依是＂E gi r l ＂的组员。 一天，敏魏依求晓豆写多一点歌，因为＂帅 boy＂已完成了两首歌了。在讨论该怎么办时，她们碰到了＂帅boy＂的两大＂美男＂。他们对＂E girl＂投来冰冷的眼神。若琳气得马上喊到：＂站住！两头。。。。猪！＂晓豆接着说：＂他们也可以做豪猪，花猪，笨猪，白猪，野猪，等等。。。。＂这可气坏了两位＂美男＂但＂E girl＂可乐得象盛开的花。这一战暂时看来是＂E girl＂赢了。
一天下课后，由于晓豆的父母亲要补度蜜月，她怕一个人在家，所以晓豆哀求其他＂E girl＂的成员去她家住一个星期。成员们回家问了各自的父母亲，都得到了他们的同意。这个天大的喜讯乐坏了晓豆和组员们。一个＂无家长＂的日子就快开始了。。。。一个早上，＂E girl” 成员除了阿祺一起从晓豆家去学校。到了学校却怎么样都没见到阿祺。难道阿祺失踪了？要是让阿祺的家长知道了，那还得了！放学后大家都决定去找她，可一到家就见到了阿祺。大家都请她好好解释到底是怎么回事。原来当阿祺一早到学校时就被叫去校长室。校长告诉她一个好消息和坏消息。好消息就是校长决定让她们在学校的艺术节开幕之前上台演出。坏消息就是。。。＂”帅boy” 也会参加演出。＂若琳抢答道。阿祺因为太兴奋所以在校长的同意下去每个”E girl” 的家把这消息告诉她们的家长。
表演当天，帅 boy 客气的让 “E girl” 先表演。当到 “帅 boy” 时，他们每个人的手里都拿着一个装满了小布娃娃的篮子。原来他们准备了超可爱的手机链送给大家。可恶！”E girl” 们都气得说不出话来。当其中一名 “帅boy” 的成员不小心被电线绊倒时，”E girl” 们都乐得哈哈大笑.不过帅boy卖力和精彩的演出却不得不让”E girl” 们佩服。
时间过得很快，班上又要举行班会了。作为总策划员的晓豆在头痛应不应该让 “帅boy” 参加表演。如果不让他们参加，他们一定会向老师告壮她公报私仇。但如果让他们参加又有点对不起自己。晓豆最后还是让他们加入因为他们上一次的表演还真的很不赖。＂帅boy＂这次表演的节目是刘心武的＂话堵话＂。他们的演出不但精彩，有趣还非常搞笑。表演在欢乐的笑声中结束。大家都对晓豆投以欣赏的眼神。那眼神好象是对晓豆伟大的决策表示肯定。