While YK's new semester has just started, SK has recently ended his.
He surprised me by taking on a vacation job right away. I must say he took his own initiative to look for a job.
When I was his age, we helped out at my parent's orchid farm during school holidays in exchange for ice cream treats at Swensons.
SK is currently working as a packer (together with his group of friends) in a cosmetic factory. His work day starts at 9am and ends at 6pm. By the time he gets home (by bus and train), it is already 7.30pm.
I was interested to know how his job went, so I sat next to him as he wolfed down his dinner and asked a whole lot of questions.
"The job's ok but very tiring", he said.
One day, he told me to save him dinner as he had 'something on' after work. He came home at 9.30pm, hungry and tired.
Of course I was curious what that 'something' was all about, I couldn't help but probe.
"I went for a job interview. For better pay."
It's hard to imagine my little boy is all grown up. He wakes up at 7am to prepare for work and comes home for dinner just like an adult. Then he changes into his running gear and goes for a jog. After that he plays games on his computer, like an ordinary teenager.
I make sure he eats a hearty breakfast every morning and give him a small allowance for lunch and transport.
As a mother, I'm filled with pride and amusement. Seeing our kids grow up takes a bit of getting used to.