Friday, 16 January 2009

Breaking Out Of The Clouds

Today I drove the boys to school as Gadget-daddy had taken a train to work much earlier.
MiL tagged along. She is always worried that one adult, me, is not able to handle two noisy boys in the car.

Along the way, Max was whining that it's not a school day and that we are not going to school.

I was trying to reason with him, telling him it's the last day of the week.

MiL said in Cantonese to stop talking about school and making him cry.
Then she started distracting the boys with what's out of the window.

It sure works in stopping him from whining and crying, but I am always wary if such tactics would have some other negative effects later on in life, i.e. in their coping with stress, etc.

Anyway, when we arrived at the school, grandma stayed close by the car while Ee-Ee and I walked him half way up the stairs and gave him a hug good-bye. We promised him red-bean bread and prawn crackers after school. He complained as he walked in to school, but no real tears. We were all relieved and impressed!!

Grandma and I went over to Ah MA's to help her in her last session of making love letters.

By the time I had to leave to pick the boys up, we were 3/4 way through the batter, so grandma stayed to help in my place while I went to pick the boys up.

Ee-ee helped to get the bread from a bakery a few doors from the bookshop she works in. She then picked the boys up and led them to my car which was double parked in the very busy street.

When I caught sight of them, I stepped out of the car. Both the boys raced to me and gave me a hug.
Max's greetings were, "MOMMY!! I didn't cry today, you know."

Then both the boys showed me the handcraft they made - a lantern for Chinese New Year decoration.

Both boys were happily starpped in, Micah with the sausage from a sausage roll and Max with with a prawncracker.

We made our way to Ah MA's house in no time and with no drama of any sort. All 3 happy people in the car.

I hope for Max, school will be as good as today from now on.


JLow said...

I have a feeling it will be.

Especially with the pride of announcing he didn't cry, I am sure he'd wanna repeat that proud feeling again by repeating that good deed!


TripleJin said...

Oh, this is good news! I'm sure he's proud of himself. I think the whining part abt going to school....ha ha, I grew up whining everytime I had to go to school... ha ha ha. Just lucky for my folks that I took a bus! HAHAHAHAH!

Our Jouneys.... said...

hei that is good news. Hang in other friends with kids tells me that it is always difficult for parents to let their children go. For them was difficult but after a while, their kids adjusted to school and everything was ok...

Anyway I am sure you know this alreadi...better i don't say so much...

hissychick said...

I knew it. At three I just knew that the fun of being with kids his own age would win over tears!

Well done Mommy :)

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Mommy,
Today I read about your sending your boy to school, and he did not cry.

Yesterday I read a lady's blog...her boy leaving home for the first time...for University. And she cried.

So, the day will come when your boy tells you not to cry, ha ha.
Have a pleasant weekend, Lee.

Tina said...

well that is a nice smiley little face he has there

glad he went to school smiling that day

mumsgather said...

That is wonderful. For you and for him. He must have felt a sense of achievement and pride which is good for him. :)

little prince's mummy said...

Sweet smile!~

Moomykin said...





I was dying to start school coz my mum and I used to walk my sis to school and we hung around to watch them play before the bell rang and then watch sing in the hall.

I never cried at all. Hahaha...
Probably because my sis was still there and she took good care of me all the time.

Moomykin said...

Our Journeys,

Yeah, as parents we usually suffer when our kids suffer too.




Moomykin said...

Uncle Lee,

I can imagine that.

I used to tease my husband that he would sure to be in tears if we have a daughter and she has to leave home. Well, now that we only have boys, I wonder who will be in tears then.



Yes, I am glad that he ended school in a happy note. It's a positive sign.

Moomykin said...


I think he is proud of himself.

I am just relieved.


Little prince's mummy,

He is a sweet boy.
The older one is clever and funny. This is just totally sweet and charming.

-A Proud Mom.