To be honest, I always be thankful to God whenever I had the chance to gather with my family, because I know, not everyone have the chance for it..
Why I am saying that?
Everytime I'm doing my relief.. Oh okay, firstly let me explain.. Relief is actually replacing other teachers' classes , if the subject teacher hasn't prepared exercises for the class, you can actually just sit in front of the class and watch the students doing their own work. Much better if you have activities for the class, easier to control the students.
So whenever I'm doing my relief , there will always a few of the students who started to sit close to you and they will start to talk to you. Sometimes if I wasn't busy, I'll just talk to them and treating them like a friend of mine. So one of my student shared her story with me.
(To be honest, this is a true story. I might add a lil' but of the dialogue because I couldn't recall the whole conversation I had with this student. It was like few weeks ago)
Student : Teacher, I am actually a child born out of wedlock. (anak luar nikah)
Me : Hah? How did you know that?
Student : My grandma told me.
Me : Is it? So where are your parents now?
Student : My mother is in Brunei, and my father is with his new wife.
Me : So you live with who?
Student : My grandma.
Me : (a lil' bit curious) Don't you feel sad about it? I mean.. when you know you were a child born out of wedlock..?
Student : Nope! (without any sad expression)
Me : Hmm.. I see..
On that moment, there were another few of students but she seems so calm to talk about it. I wonder why? I've read few stories about born out of wedlock.. Most of them were trying so hard to conceal about it. But this student seems doesn't even care about it.
Or maybe she wasn't matured enough to understand the situation? But I'm glad, she looks like a strong person. :)
This conversation was also with one of my student.
Student : Teacher I'm glad I've passed for my English test!! If not, my auntie said she will kicks me out from the school. (FYI, her aunt is one of the teacher in the school)
Me : Hahaha great!
Student : On my previous exams, I failed my English test.
Me : It's okay, since this exam you've passed for it! So what did your parents said about your marks?
Student : Hmm.. Actually, they were already divorced.
Me : (shocked) Ohhh.. Really?
Student : Yeah..
Me : So where are they now?
Student : My father is with his new wife somewhere in *******. I live with my grandma and mother. But teacher, my mother is a tomboy.
Me : Oh tomboy? You mean with a short hair?
I know the differences of tomboy and pengkid, so I thought she was describing her mother as a tomboy just because the mother has a very short hair, but...
Student : Ya, I meant was.. A pengkid.
Me : Pengkid... You mean?
Student : She's smoking, and she acts like a boy and going out with boys. I've tried to talk to her but she never listen to me.. We always argued about this matter.
Me : Oh wow.. I see..
Student : And I think that explains why I behave like this, kind of tomboyish.
On that moment, I was so shock! Oh mother mary of God, her mother had shown a bad attitude and example in front of her daughter! That is only my opinion, I am not married, I don't know how it feels to have a child.. But when your children start to imitate your attitude, then that would be a big problem.
But just like my first story, she seems so calm about it. FYI, she's not the best student in my class but she always try to do the best for the exercises I'd given to them. She will asks a lot of questions.
The most important thing is, she never shows any sign of giving up or lazy. That's the best thing about her! :)
After listening to two of my students life experience.. I feel that I should be so thankful for what I have today.. It doesn't have to be always perfect, but at least we knew that there were lots of people who are unfortunate but they still can smile to face new challenges in their life! :)
Anyways, back to the title, these are the pictures of my family!
"Thank You Lord for everything you've given to our family!"
Last, but not least.. Have you thanked God for what you have today? :)