Friends have been wondering where I went but thanks to Facebook many knew where and what went on in my life. In a nutshell, my family and I have move to Malaysia and we haven’t really settle down yet. Hence, the lack of Facebook status updates and a worse case of blogging block.
Anyway, I want to kick start today’s post with a conversation I had with no other than Miss never-ceased-to-amazed-me Belle. Belle has started kindy in a local Chinese school. I must say I’m very proud of my little girl. She was plunged into this foreign language, albeit her 3 months stint in an US Chinese afterschool, and somewhat managed to stay afloat. She likes her current school a lot and we haven’t heard the “I don’t want to school” complaint…yet. Today, after picking her up from school, we had a light chat over her snack/homework time and the conversation went like this:
Belle: Mommy, I gave my markers to my friends. They are friends from a different class.
Mom: You gave your markers or did you lend it to your friends?
Belle: I gave my markers.
Mom: o_O *zoink*! What?!? Why did you do that?
Belle: ‘Cos I’m very kind, Mommy. My friends are poor, they have no markers. So, I gave them my markers.
Mom: They have no markers because their daddies and mommies did not let them bring markers from home. I gave you those markers so that you can use them during your free time for drawing. *and so the lecture begins…*
Belle: *still insists she did the right thing* But Mommy, I’m being kind. I like to be kind to my friends.
Mom: You can be kind by lending your markers to them when they want to use it. Lending means they have to return those markers to you. Have any of your friends give you anything?
Mom: Those markers were given to you by your friend, Max, from Bubb school. He would feel very sad if he knows you’ve given away the present he gave you for your birthday.
Belle: But Max is not my friend anymore. I’m not in Bubb school anymore.
Mom: Max is still your friend no matter what school you are at now. The bottomline is you must not give away your things. Tomorrow you need to ask your friends to return your markers. Tell them you didn’t know you were not suppose to give them away.
I have no idea what came over this girl. I appreciate her kind attitude but giving away her stuff?! No way! It’s time to teach her the value of money.
I would love to write more but both of the girls woke up and I have to be with them. Happy blogging, everyone!