Today is the first day of Kindergarten for Alexander. I can't imagine that he is going to be five at the end of this month. I can remember my first day of school which is a long long time ago. It was a very scary event for me to be amongst strangers and to make matters worst, the nuns in The Convent wore black long outfits and in my tiny eyes, they were huge shadows towering over me. My grandmother was the one who managed to bribe the nuns so that i can get admitted - The Convent admission priorty was for the catholics and the rich. I can't blame them cos they needed donations to run the school and being a catholic school, therefore meant for catholics. My grandmother had her ways of getting things done - i was to bring with me to school on my first day, a wicker basket which was my school bag and that was the fashion for girls at that era. I did not have books yet but i did have somethings in my basket. I had a Chinese Almanac and in between the pages, there was a sprig of chinese celery(kan choy), a stalk of green onions(choong) and a mirror. Only later in my life did i find out what was the significance of all these contents. The chinese celery which is 'kan choy' was to prepare me to be 'kan lek'/studious, the green onion which is 'choong' will make me 'choong meng'/inteligent and the mirror, haping that i will have clarity to solve problems and questions answered. Last but not least, the Chinese Almanac - it is called 'Thoong Seng', it should give me the ability to understand anything put forth to me. I did not put all these in Alexander's bag but blessings and hopes were in my heart as i bid him 'goodbye'.
While waiting for him to come home from school, i made him his and Renee's favorite - Mac and Cheese.