Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Of childhood and parenthood

The loft bed for kids in Festive Hotel, Resorts World Singapore, is a lovely idea. It's a comfortable, spacious cubby hole complete with toddler-size pillows and a cheery, colorful duvet. Kai loved it! The ladder is a little steep, which makes the climb down a little daunting for younger toddlers.

Both Terence and I always wanted a bunk bed when we were kids. It seems kind of fun to climb up to the upper deck, out of sight of the grownups, and look down at the 'world' below. So it was nice to see Kai enjoy the experience, just like we thought we would.

In fact Kai burst out in tears when he was told he couldn't stay the night.

I hope both Kai and Kit have a wonderful childhood. What parents do or don't do, say or don't say to their children as they are growing up leave such an indelible mark and shapes their perception for the rest of their life. What I also realized, over my birthday weekend, is that parenthood doesn't end when your children are grownups themselves. They need their parents, to be their parents still. Our boys wouldn't want a bunk bed when they're in their 30s. But they'd have expectations of me as a parent and I hope I won't disappoint them.

Borrowing what a fellow yogi said and adapting from it: Parenthood (being a good parent) is not a destination. It is a journey of a lifetime.

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