Being a single parent can be a bloody lonely job, even more so when you're at the crossroads of your child's life. When YK received his GCE O level results, I called mum immediately to share the joy because I know she's the only other person in his life who really cares.
Of course my colleague enquired too because her son went through the same exams last year and emerged the top student in his school. When best friend called later, I could only say "Oh, YK did ok." Then there was a pause on both ends. In fact, a pregnant pause. She was waiting for me to rattle off his scores but I decided to keep mum. Why? Because it doesn't really matter. Her son is in one of the top schools in Singapore, hence is exempted from sitting for this exam. He automatically gets admission into one of the best junior colleges here.
Her niece, who 's the same age as YK was the top student in her primary school. I'm surprised my other friend Evelyn didn't call me. Her daughter was the top girl in her primary school some years ago. Both girls secured a place in the most prestigious girls school. They must have gained direct admission into Raffles Junior College already.
For some reason, most of my friends have really smart kids. So what is good to me may be mediocre to them. But to me, every kid has a different capacity to learn.
Still it is important to help my son make the right decision. YK has already made his choices but wanted to sit down and run through with me before making the final submission.
I suddenly grew worried. What if we make the wrong decisions? I have no one to bounce off ideas with. YK's father is unaware of what's happening in the kids life and I don't usually bother CH with such matters.
"Have you discussed with your friends or teachers? Do you know what kind of future you'll have with these courses? Why don't you speak to your aunt (my sis in law who's a lecturer in poly)?"
"No need. Biomed is what I want." He said confidently and sent out his application online. Oh well, the choices have already been made and I'm behind him.