My Boys

My elder boy is enjoying a few days break from school like every school going kid in this country

Coincidentally, my husband is out of town

and I have been extremely busy playing mom and dad

 

It has been a while since the last time I had to be a single parent

Practice makes perfect

yet I always find myself going through the same path

and ending up at the same place

 

These are my boys

When the disciplinarian is not around

 

They fight

 

They tussle and they wrestle

 

They fight so hard that they get all tangled up

 

Then they kiss and make up

 

They drive each other crazy

And they drive me nuts

 

Yet these few days

apart from ascertaining the fact that

Expectation is the root of all heartaches and frustruations

 

These boys are the best thing in my life (I still can’t imagine having girls)

And I love them to bits

 

 

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My Weekend Mornings

At the break of dawn, I crept out of bed while everyone else was sound asleep
I slippped into my jogging gear with nary a sound so I wouldn’t wake a single soul
Grabbed a quick bite with a big glass of water
My day began

I love mornings, and it doesn’t need to be high above ground
and I appreciate sun rise more after I became a mom

I love being with myself and I love being alone
Solitude takes on new meaning after kids came along

I always have my phone with me when I jog
I use them for music and I use them for pictures
When I am not too exhausted, I share them on facebook

And over the months, I found myself with quite a collection
A collection of day break and sun rise from my morning run

 


On some days, when I am early enough, I catch a glorious sun rise

 


Other days, when it gets hazy, a silhouette like this reminds me of Monet’s work

 


There are days when I wake up late and the blazing sun makes my run almost unbearable

 


Once in a while, I see a lone rider resting after a night of fishing (I guess)

 


or a couple of cleaners that makes an interesting frame

 


or a sight like this that beckons a shot

 


Occasionally a storm brews

 


and a sailor contemplates whether to set sail

 


Other days I am too fickle and can’t decide whether to shoot the jetty, the tree or the break of dawn

 


Once a very blue moon, a ball of bleeding red rises and bathes the shore in light

 


and I watch on as a bunch of athletes start their race

 

I love weekend mornings
What about you ?

 
 

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His Milky Way Pinball Machine

So my 8 year old managed to turn his Milky Way into a decent looking pinball machine
Doesn’t matter if it didn’t look half as grand as what he drew
It’s the lessons we hope that will stay with him

It was quite a bumpy ride
with a handful of hurdles to cross in a single night
Many features had to go because he couldn’t figure out how to make them work

First there was the type of balls to shoot
He chose a metal ball which was too heavy
and we skipped a couple of rubber balls which didn’t quite work
In the end, it was ping pong balls that could finally fit

However ping pong balls were too big for kitchen toilet roll
so instead of shooting pinballs into outer space through space tower
we tossed them freely using hands
which was how his little brother likes to play
turning the pinhole machine into some sort of a skee ball machine

Then there were the 2 launch pads for suspending balls in outer space
Dad had to do some tweaking before they could finally work

And there were the number of ramps
which was reduced from 5 to 1
He learned that ramps weren’t easy things to build
And we would probably remain clueless
if not for Handy Manny Dad

But because they were tricky to make
Many things that came with them had to go
Super Nova, Wormhole and the Trojan Asteroid
His Milky Way ended up with none of these
neither the Sun nor planet Jupiter

And his pinball machine was finally ready when the clock struck 12
It was a simple one with Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud scoring loop
5 points for each and 10 points for the Black Hole ramp
Complete with a Saturn V rocket which couldn’t fire
and a bunch of aluminium foil scrunchies that worked well as comets and asteroids

It was far from what he had on paper
Much higher was the ambition
Much lower was the final product

But it worked, and the kids had a blast fooling around with it
More importantly, I hope that he realizes that while great ideas are important
Being able to follow through and turn the ideas into reality
Is what really really counts

 

Here are the stories behind some other kids’ creation that day

Evelyn’s Get Creative With Cardboard

PC’s Cardboard Challenge

Jasmine’s Cardboard Challenge

Elisa’s In Memory of RSS SWECS

Sarah’s Foosball Dream

Dee Loh’s The Cardboard Challenge at Singapore Botanic Gardens

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