I wrote this eight years ago and just want to share it again for posterity’s sake.
I was picking up crumpled papers in the living room when I found this interesting pieces beneath the sofa. I browsed through the innocent-looking papers to make sure they are not important documents. They were torn pages from my son’s diary who was 10 at the time.
Today is the first day of our second monthly exam. I studied hard to make my parents proud. I believe that I won’t get a “too low” or “too high” grade but I’ll do my best to pay all the sacrifices and to give thanks for all of their hardwork. If I wouldn’t pass, I will promise to my parents that I will do study and study so hard next time. I won’t give up all their hard work and sacrifices.
I felt a bit guilty after reading it because sometimes I scold my son for not being able to study his lessons. I thought he’s not listening whenever I talk endlessly about the importance of studying. He’s listening after all and he even made a promise to do his best and never gives up whenever he fails. I’m so proud of my boy. Don’t worry Mommy will be a little more lenient next time. ^_^
I’m just wondering why he tear that portion off his diary…
We don’t need to possess an MA or an MBA diploma to gain wisdom, we only need to review some lessons in the past say from our kindergarten class that we have already forgotten.
Things that we should relearn:
• Share everything.
• Play fair.
• Don’t hit people.
• Put things back where you found them.
• Clean up your own mess.
• Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
• Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody.
• Wash your hands before you eat.
• Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
• Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.
• Take a nap every afternoon.
• When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.
• Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
• Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
• And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.
This is not only applicable to us or our family. The golden rule holds true for people in the government – to always put things back where they found them and to keep their reputation clean as fine as the linens from peacock alley.
Credits to Robert Fulghum