“My mother is an ev­ery­day hero”

Herworld (Singapore) - - FEATURE -

“You ex­panded our imag­i­na­tion through sim­ple cre­ativ­ity in our child­hood. We did not have many toys or a TV to watch when we were young, and I was re­ally sad as I wanted a Bar­bie doll and stick­ers, just like my friends. How­ever, you and Dad opened a world of pos­si­bil­i­ties to us that ben­e­fit me cre­atively to this day. You found a wooden plank and Dad nailed on some old cup­board wheels, so we could sit or slide or play on it. We cut out holes in boxes and played house in them. I drew on pa­per and pre­tended to be a news­caster re­port­ing the scenes I had drawn.

After you re­tired, you did not stop there, but in­stead started a sec­ond ca­reer by tak­ing the full Na­tional In­sti­tute of Ed­u­ca­tion course and teach­ing stu­dents in sec­ondary school, many of whom came from low-in­come and dif­fi­cult fam­ily back­grounds.

Thank you for show­ing me that true he­roes are those who live their ev­ery­day lives stead­fastly and mean­ing­fully, al­ways stay­ing fo­cused and kind in the daily grind of life, think­ing well and plan­ning well. You never pres­sured me to live up to any stan­dards, but in my eyes, you are the stan­dard that I as­pire to.” - Isabelle Lim, 30s

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