Monday, 30 July 2007

A parent's joy

While it was nice walking down memory lane and reminiscing about the good old days, I believe we have had enough of my ego trip and narcissism already.

Seeing our little kids grow up into well-adjusted teenagers is perhaps a parent’s biggest joy. The changes are often subtle but there are growth spurts that never fail to astound me. I am beginning to see amazing changes in the baby of our family. At 13, SK is displaying a level of maturity and self-motivation I have never witnessed before. From a dreamy and quiet child, he now has meaningful discussions with me about things in general, especially in health and fitness.

While it was so difficult to get him moving in the past, now he accompanies me to the gym and has embarked on a healthier lifestyle. We used to fight about the amount of Coke he drinks but he has given it up totally and watches his diet carefully. It pleased me to see him pursue his interest with such dedication, I went out and bought him a new set of dumbbells yesterday.

YK, on the other hand, loves experimenting in the kitchen and is always plying us with his latest culinary creations. When he’s passionate about something, he spends hours researching and acquiring knowledge beyond his textbooks. For someone who used to baulk at anything Chinese (except for Chinese food of course), he has suddenly developed an interest in Chinese dramas and pop songs. He can even sing Chinese songs even though he can barely communicate properly in the language! It has always been my dream to see him embrace his mother tongue and what a joy to see it happening now.

Like they say, kids don’t come with any manuals.... so, it’s a never-ending lesson for us all.

11 comments:

JYankee said...

Hey..I still hope the best for Aly...can't speak much English yet...hope she has more interest as she gets older....

knicksgrl0917 said...
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JYankee said...

Hey Blur
Ignore the commentator above ya...seems like it's going around...I'd delete it....

Random Magus said...

Everywhere I just deleted it.

I don't have kids but want to by next year, God willing. It seems like an awesome responsibility and a wonder all wrapped in one.

Blur Ting said...

Thanks gals! Ya, having a kid is a joy and lifelong responsibility. Still, it's a fulfilling experience. RM, we hope to hear good news soon! You'll be a great mum!

HollyGL said...

I think your children's curiosity and confidence in embarking on new paths is really a testament to - not only them as individuals, but - you and your husband instilling a sense of security from which to grow.

The Real Mother Hen said...

SK has given up on coke? Oh I bet my hot chocolate will no longer make him smile :(

Is YK touoched by Jay Chou's "Listen to Mom" that song? That's such a meaningful song :)

Blur Ting said...

Yah MH, he is watching his weight and always asks me if this or that is fattening! I think he's influenced by me. I know he'll drink your hot choc. :-) He drinks milk and soya milk for b'fast now.

Oh, I think YK hasn't heard. I must ask him to hear it.

Loz said...

I used to think that I would miss my kids as they were but each period of their lives has brought new joys. Sure it's great to remember them as toddlers then primary school kids, but you will still find a whole new world of wonders as they grow.

David said...

He's a smart kid. I wish I'd given up Coke at that age. Like every other long time habit...harder to break the older you get. Maybe you can get YK into cooking some healthy Chinese dishes. I once had some soup made with mushrooms that I'm sure could cure whatever ails you.

Blur Ting said...

Yah Loz, I am beginning to realise that.

David - Oh, my mum makes mushroom soup all the time. I am sooo cured! bleh!