I started waking up at 6:30am during weekdays since Alia started going to school last June. I prepare her breakfast, snack and other things that she needs for school. While I usually drag her to the shower, we finish our morning routine around 7:30am.
On the way to school, Alia and I take the back seat of the car so I could let her eat her breakfast. Sometimes, she refuses to eat breakfast and prefers to drink milk alone, so I just let her do so.
Last Saturday, her teacher gave me a paper about “Pointers To Review”. She said that a second long test is due after 2 days (Monday). I just nodded and thanked her.
When I reached my office, I looked at the pointers to review. I started thinking on how I should prepare her “reviewer” this time. Last month when she had her first long test at school, I didn’t know if Alia minded it at all. I remember asking her if she knows what she will answer to the teacher’s questions, but she just nodded her head and told me that “it” is all the same.
Because I don’t have any relative or close friend here in Riyadh who could share experiences about first-kid-goes-to-school, I was left alone to contemplate on the situation. My husband hardly cares about “the exam thing” too. He only tells me “kayang-kaya ni Alia yan”.
So, here’s what I did. Based on the “Pointers to Review”, I researched some preschool worksheets on the internet and printed them out. The items mentioned were simple (at least for me eh): things that are the same, things that are different, things that are opposite, shapes, colors, family members, things inside the bedroom, things in the kitchen, etc. But I found 2 items which confused me in the Science subject--
a.) Good health habits
b.) Proper health habits
Hmmm…What are those? Are they not the same? Haay naku…
What makes me happy?
People. Everyone around me who believes and inspires me.
Life itself is a happy experience. The world is a happy place.
I had my own share of struggles, life was not easy for us back then but my Dad taught me how to believe in myself, work hard , be kind and to be strong. He inspired me to go out of my comfort zone. He used to tell me that the possibilities in life are endless and so I believed him.
l Iost him quite a few years ago but he has left me with so much inspiration to follow my dreams - to visit places I have only dreamt of or have seen in the movies when I was little and to do things I thought were only for the privileged few.
Wherever I go, I always remember my Dad, wishing he could see me from afar and somehow be proud of me as I have always been so proud of him. Life is short and I promised him that I would make the most of mine.
Travelling makes me happy and in all other things, I choose happiness. We all should- always..