Edited this poem. The boys have been given a copy (of the old one). Seeing the news each day, makes me wonder why I still love my country, why I still think of it as home. I read this again to remind myself. After all, the boys will learn from our examples, they feel Malaysian because they are, they learn respect for others, because we try and do the same, they learn to understand other cultures/religions because we make the effort to do so. If only more parents/teachers/powers that be did that too.
My apologies for this rather emo post. Deadlines & headlines are getting to me.
I want to teach you..
Dedicated to my sons.
I want to teach you that education is not just about being in a classroom and learning can be done in so many ways.
I want to teach you that there’s beauty and joy to be found in the things around us, even if you can’t find it the first time around.
I want to teach you that there’s more to our beautiful country ready to be explored.
I want to teach you that being compassionate, kind, respectful isn’t a weakness.
I want to teach you that being a real man means that you are a helpmate, not a lord and master.
I want to teach you that skin colour and religion do not make a person less worthy or better than others, only more interesting.
I want to teach you that no one can make you feel less than you are, unless you let them.
I want to teach you that balance in the way you live is a good level to reach.
I want to teach you that you can stand up for what you believe in, especially for those who have no voice, but pick your battles and always maintain your calm.
I want to teach you that our heritage may be from all over, celebrate it but who we are, is Malaysian and never let anyone tell you any different.
I want to teach you that it’s ok to be different, to dream, to believe, but never lose sight of your humanity.
I want to teach you to tidy your rooms without being told, but I’m not holding my breath on this one.
I want to teach you that love comes in all forms, and isn’t perfect, but can be a great source of comfort and inspiration.
I want to teach you to continue your love of life, the curiosity in how things work or to pursue learning, whatever the method.
I want the best for you, to give you a future, whatever you choose to do.
Always believe that no matter how old you are, you can make a difference and to change things for the better, no matter how small a step you take.
I want to teach you all these things and so much more so you can grow up to be good people and I will continue to feel the pride and joy I feel when I see you being you.
29 Sept 2011.