Monday, November 12, 2012

School Holidays

Image:1 The neighborhood kids. Kimie got them all rounded up. From left: Abu, Daniel (of Portuguese/French parentage) Norman (foreground) and Kimie (at the background) both my grandchildren, Dickson (Chinese) and Imran ( of Malay/Chinese parentage )

Image:2 They came for a tame birthday do. It was Kimie's. He turned 10 on Nov 09! Among themselves they are a neat group. Last night both Norman and Kimie were at a sleep-over at Daniel's house! Daniel's family will be leaving for home ( in France) in Dec. They're making the most of each other now!

The school holidays are here again!  It’s practically mid-November through early January!  Those younger ones are already at it. It’s the carefree days for them beginning this week. Those older ones are mentally sweating it out. They are in the midst of major exams that will eventually determine directions for their future. As for the minders  (I for one) we have to think of ways to ease off the boredom. It’s a pretty long stretch and activities must have variety to make it interesting for them.
The choice is an open book.Trips overseas (not many can afford that) Trips inland, excursions that cost less, entertainment centers at the Mall, private clubs ( here ) or just freebies at the beach or libraries. Whatever it might be, it'll be thrilling time! Childhood days are never forgotten!

School is over, great!
The neighborhood kids are here
They do their own thing

Minders are busy
thinking ahead on how to
fill up their free time

It is a challenge
Must be interesting but
cost is a factor 

14 comments:

  1. Oh such days were oh so fun, not a care in the world and oh to be free. Now stuck in the rat race haha

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  2. Those were the days, my friend.....

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  3. nice...whatever you do i hope you have fun with it...we have next week off for holiday...and then back for a few weeks before christmas holiday...cant wait to have fun with my boys....

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  4. Nice write, Hank. I hope they do well on their exams.

    Kids seem to be doing a lot these days. It seems the have to out-do each other. Or is it the parents? No wonder it is so expensive to raise them.
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  5. "Cost is a factor." Also time. I regret I could not have filled Riley's childhood with more fun in the summertime, because I was employed fulltime and had limited vacation time myself. But it makes the memories of teaching her to swim in the community pool and coaching her softball team all the sweeter... loved this, Hank. Peace, Amy

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  6. Those times were precious ... I miss those days now !!!

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  7. This is a lovely share! So nice to see all those happy faces.

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  8. I remember those - and the difficulties you mention. Interesting that you speak of minders. Not parents.

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  9. Such a charming picture and poem. Thanks. k .

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  10. I love that picture, Hank. The kids look so happy. I never heard that term 'minders' before. And yes, cost is a factor always.....your poem shares a bit of nostalgia. Nice, Hank.

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  11. My children are in college and so I do not feel school holidays. Fun time for the adults with a little pressure to do something for the children. But I must add, my children never wanted to go anywhere, they just loved being home.

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  12. Cherish those precious moments while you still can. Allah loves those who show kindness to children.

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  13. Awesome, your grandkids and friends look so happy! Childhood is precious :)

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  14. this is great Hank. So neat to see some of your family and learn more about them. Thanks for sharing.

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