In the Chinese Zodiac, the 12th year cycle is a very significant milestone in a person’s life. G’s 1st milestone is also the most stressful year of a Singaporean child’s life, as it marks the year that they will be taking the dreaded PSLE (primary school leaving exam). This will be the last year of Primary School education for G, and as she embarks into teenager-land, aka secondary school – these are the hopes and dreams we have for her:
We hope that she will always:
- retain her sense of humor (her wittiness and slapstick humor are highly entertaining to all who know and love her)
- be affectionate and loving (she has started a ’20 second’ hug routine with us as she claims a little hug goes a long way!)
- be curious always (this is from someone who has routinely scoured the library – and now the internet – for books pertaining to the topic she is currently obsessed with)
- never lose sight of the big picture (which is to make the most money for the least amount of effort – but perhaps she can learn also some empathy cos it ain’t always about making money sweetie)
- be the unique individual (although sometimes it’s tough being different, it’s always better than blindly following)
- love books (this is easy)
- look over her little sister (we know she does it in her own way)
- never stop learning (even though this is the psle year, there is more to learning than getting the grades, and getting into a good secondary school is just the beginning)
- strike a balance between hard work and passion, fun and procrastination, friendship and popularity, looks and attitude, art and science (or math), patience and complacency.
- live life to it’s fullest (ever since she’s a baby, she has always screamed the loudest, ran the fastest, ate the most, laughed the silliest. The joy in living every moment is evident in her every being, and we hope teenage hood does not strip that away!)
- know and do the right thing (as one grows into adulthood, a parent’s role of pointing out which is right and wrong lessens. As G goes into teenage-hood, we hope she will be able to distinguish right from wrong, and if in doubt, we hope she will still talk to us and hear us out)
- finally, we hope she will always always be close enough to talk to us about anything and everything. 🙂
So, 12 little things for my 12 year old.
Some photos to accompany this while I go off to grab a tissue box and sob about my baby growing up!