Time passes by so quickly that my eldest daughter is now in Year 1. I transferred her to the primary school next to my work place so that I would not feel worried about her safety. When the class is dismissed, she can simply walk to my school before both of us go home at 2 p.m. On the registration day last week, the Chief UMNO of Tanah Merah, Tuan Haji Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz, donated free school bags to all Year 1 pupils in this district. How generous he is! Thanks a lot.
On 3 January 2010, I left for my school at 7 but only arrived 30 minutes later. It had been raining cats and dogs since midnight and the road was flooded while most all of the roads were jammed as parents wanted to take their children to their respective schools in cars. Some errant drivers really got on my nerves by blocking my way. They stopped in the yellow lines! I wonder where they got their driving licenses!
I took my daughter, Dalilah, to her new school at around 8 a.m. I believed that she could fend for herself, so I just left her there under the guidance of her class teacher, unlike other children who insisted on their parents to ‘study’ with them throughout the day.
After fetching her at 1.30 p.m. we went straight home as it was raining heavily. I was completely drenched and going back to school in this uncomfortable condition was unsightly to my colleagues and students. We stopped at a food stall to eat fried noodles and later got caught in a massive traffic jam on our way home. My housing area was flooded but I still had to brave the flood water, or else, I would end up sleeping in the car with my three girls. What a disastrous first day at school in 2010!