Malcolm And His Make Believe World

Malcolm loves to read
He reads the first thing in the morning and last thing before he goes to sleep at night
He reads in class in between work
He reads in the car during long rides
and he reads while sobbing, after being punished for misbehaving

Reading calms him down and is his escape to his make believe world
While his friends spend most of their time attending tuition and enrichment lessons, he spends most of his time reading and dreaming

Everyday after he finishes his school work, he gets to read his books and play his toys
He is given much liberty to decide how much he needs to study
But will get an earful from us if his result is less than desired

Going to school is his responsibility, so is knowing his school work
Help will only be rendered if he asks
And he loves school
The worst punishment for him has to be confiscating his books

Though he loves to read, he is fussy with what he reads
He reads what he wants to read, not what his friends read nor what Mom wants him to read
He doesn’t read the Mouse book which all his friends are crazy over and he refuses to touch Wimpy Kid

For a while he was into everything Samurai and Ninja, thanks to Chirs Bradford
He spent his free time racking his brains over the next weapon to make

He managed to churn out some great looking swords and shields with some cardboard and scraps of junk

Then with a glacier rock he picked from the Swiss Alps and a hardy twig he picked from the park, he made the most primitive looking knife and spent many hours trying to sharpen it so that it cuts

Christmas present for his Dad was a dart board complete with 2 darts
It took him a while to figure out how to make a proper dart, one that flies straight, doesn’t rock and sharp enough to pierce through the dart board

I thought it was a pretty cool gift

Then my sister gave him a copy of Rick Riordan’s Serpent Shadow for Christmas
In less than 3 months, he devoured everything Rick Riordan, both the Percy Jackson (8 books) and Kane Chronicles (3 books) series and a couple of others

The books transported him into a world of gods and goddesses and made him forget about his japanese warriors
He refused to start on anything new and insisted on re-reading his favourite chapters

Anything ancient Greek and Roman excites him
So much so that he wanted a birthday party with everything Greek
And I was foolish enough to say yes

I wouldn’t have been so panicky if I was a tad more well versed in Greek Mythology
But the fact is, I am nil, naught, zero

And I was given 2 weeks to prepare
Great !

I finally sat him down the other day because I so needed his help
And he drew me this

A family tree for the Greek Gods and Goddesses
He spend a long time explaining to me the tree
and we spend more hours discussing about the books and the party
It has been our lunch time topic for the past week

Finally after all the brainstorming and discussion, the invites are out
The fate is sealed
There is no turning back
It’s happening in 3 days’ time and hopefully it will be a whole lot of fun

Let’s PARTY !





  1. Jasmine says:

    I am sure it will be heaps of fun! How cool that you got to sit down and get all filled in on greek mythology by your son. I am sure he will remember not just the party but the cool prep that he did with mum 🙂

    • malmal says:

      thanks Jasmine ! much of the fun comes from the preparation ! hell lot of work … but it’s something for the family to work together for the past weeks 🙂

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