Children are tomorrow’s generation, and who better to carry the mindset of change better than children themselves? With ever-open minds that absorb knowledge like a sponge, a child’s education is determined by his upbringing and his exposure to events around him. As parents, we play a pivotal role in ensuring our children get a wholesome education not just for now, but for life. We are examples for our children through what we do and say.
A couple of months ago, while we were in Six Flags, a lady manning the cash register struck a conversation with Ethan.
Lady: Hey buddy…how are you doing?
Lady: Did you have a great time today?
Ethan: Yes, we had so much fun!
Lady: Where are you guys from? Are you guys Chinese?
Ethan: No. We’re Malaysians!
Earlier last week, I was with Ethan and Emma at the bank, to open a savings account for Emma. While getting the documentation sorted out, Ethan was waiting for me at the side when one of the bank officers/tellers started making small talk with him.
Bank Officer: Is your father an Englishman? (I think she meant Caucasian. We get that a lot because a lot of people seem to think our kids look mixed…well, anyway…)
Ethan: No he’s not.
Bank Officer: No?
Ethan: Yeah, my Dad is a Malaysian!
Bank Officer: Malaysian? But Malaysian got 3 TYPES wor… Malay, Chinese and Indian. Which one? (What the..?? Now you see how most Malaysians are still bent on race)
I’m extremely proud of Ethan that without any prompting from us, he can confidently answer that he is a Malaysian, forgoing the need to stress whether it’s Malay, Chinese, Indian or “lain-lain”. If only more Malaysians can think the same way…
Happy Malaysia Day, everyone!