Thursday, 10 December 2009

My Week in school

Babies are active and bouncy little ones. To many, scratches, bumps and falls seem inevitable or rather it's just common. But still, most can be prevented if we exercise a little more caution to them.

When mummy picked me on Monday this week, teacher showed her a scratch slightly below my left eye, explaining that it came about because I fell forward to hit a hard covered book. On Tuesday, two scratch marks on my left hand. Teacher explained some other kid's teeth brushed through my arms, probably in the midst of toys snatching. And on Wednesday, I had a small bump on my left forehead! Teacher explained, I hit the floor while reaching for some toy.

Okay, enough explanations on the 'injuries'. They are 3 incidents in consecutive days, in a week! Mum had been perfectly cool about the 1st and 2nd instances, she knew I'm getting adventurous and curious about anything at this stage. It's really not of a big deal to her. The trigger came at the 3rd instance, which Grandma came for me at school. She was so upset that she blew the matter big to the teacher.

Mum was still at work that day, she got a call from Jiu Jiu saying that I've got a bump on my forehead. Mum thought it was a scare joke, how is it possible to happen within 3 consecutive days? It wasn't a joke, he sounded serious. Mum called the school to find out, sounding quite unhappy on the phone. The teacher explained that it's part and parcel of learning and growing and that it's inevitable to encounter them. It's not that Mum doesn't agree, but 'hey there', the fees that we are paying is exuberantly high! Real high! We're paying for a ratio of 1:3 infants compared to 1:5 infants elsewhere. So, shouldn't the risk of 'injuries' be lesser? Of course, these incidents are really minor and almost nothing after a cry. However, to accept it 3 times is a week, seems abit too much.

My school has a huge percentage of caucasian kids, with due respect, the Asians have a different upbringing from them. No doubt, most Asian mummies are protective about their child, being careful in where they walk and what's ahead. The western children are probably given more freedom to run around, frequent hits and bumps is lifestyle to them. As far as mummy is concerned, it's a local school that I'm in, whatever the culture, adapt!

Well, enough of the steam letting, it's a long-term relationship with the school. I've still got months or maybe years in that school, it's only best to put the whole episode behind and look forward. The school ended the phone conversation with an apology and I guess we've solved it in an amicable manner.

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