“My mother is an everyday hero”
“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