Friday, 5 April 2013

Another chapter

You would expect little boys to enjoy playing soldiers and policemen. Not my sons. YK grew up wishing he never had to go to the army. Despite hoping the day would never come, he was finally enlisted in August last year. While the basic military training was tough, it didn't turn out to be that bad after all. He emerged pretty unscathed, physically and emotionally. I heaved a sigh of relief.

When he was posted to the medical unit to undergo training as a combat medic, I was very pleased that he'll be learning life-saving skills. It will certainly help him as a bio-science student.

He had watched every single episode of Grey's Anatomy, and I even joked that all these knowledge he had gleaned from the shows might even come in handy now. 

What's important is, he'll be able to perform CPR, IV injections or at the very least, know how to handle medical emergencies. For my own selfish reason, it's good to have someone around the house with these skills.

The three months of training has come to an end. It's sad because he has built such good rapport with his peers. The camaraderie is particularly strong when the boys train and live together for months. He is genuinely happy here and he'll miss his friends. They will be posted to different units and life as a combat medic is known to be arduous.
At the passing out parade, parents were invited to affix the Medic arm band for our sons. It was raining when we arrived but stopped just before the parade started. We couldn't ask for better timing.
I love attending parades. The sight of our young soldiers marching to the beat of the drum is quite a sight to behold. It makes me feel so proud to be a Singaporean mom!
This parade is particularly special because I brought CH and SK along with me. This photo makes me smile because we look so happy and relaxed.
And this photo makes my heart burst with love, pride and joy. To be honest, after seeing many people estranged from their family, one of my biggest fears is seeing that happen within mine. I feel that I have done a good job raising them to love and care for each other.

10 comments:

Constance said...

Ting, a warm hearted read in a pitter-patter day..:-) Congrats!

Blur Ting said...

Thank you Constance!

Amel said...

You HAVE really done a great job, Ting! :-) I salute you! And HAPPY to see family pics as well. :-)

Malar said...

What a happy ending! Ting you're super mummy!

Steph said...

I love the last three pictures especially -They made me smile ^_^ They are so blissfully sweet..

Being the breadwinner, the disciplinarian, the role model, and chief guardian of these 2 grown boys, You excel at all these roles and more. What can be more rewarding than these happiest moments in life ^_^

Happiness is really about feeling loved, secured, peace and your child's smile like this...

Blur Ting said...

Yes, Steph. You've said it all. Your comment makes me tear up ;)

Petunia Lee said...

Hamsum!!

Open Kitchen Concept said...

You have done a superb job! And you cook, go out for dinners and enjoy life in general!

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My Sinfonia said...

I am very glad for you. You are right. A happy loving family is a blessing. Its touching :)