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"How do you feel when students leave?"

This was a question asked by Sue Jan the other day. I have long ago resolved that. People come and go in our lives. But I think, somehow, with my students, it's almost like family because I have taught some of them from a very young age, some even as young as 3. I am almost 2nd mummy to them.

wanz.jpgThe bond is strong and it often withstand the test of distance and time. However, the particular question  was asked when we were talking about Wan Tze leaving the Malaysian shores to the neighbouring country of Singapore to pursue a Bioengineering degree. Yup, dancers are really that smart!

We arranged a surprise farewell for her last Thursday. And all we had were salads and konyaku juice. We had 3 different types of salads, I made one and Poh Lynn made the other 2. The konyaku juice was compliments of  Su-Anne. It was supposed to be jelly only too much water was added and it became something like a mass of wobbly stuff floating about in a watery state. The jelly actually reminds me of silicone implants, not that I've seen actual ones before and not that I need them. But any TV buff worth half a sen would have watched at least 1 episode of NipTuck and have seen implants. Besides, there was an episode of CSI Miami which featured them too. Ok ok, I confess, I love TV! Anyway, silicone implants or no, they tasted delicious and I must confess, it actually do have a better texture than what I normally am used to. These are just chewy enough without being tough. So Su-Anne, konyaku juice is alright.

Of course I miss them when they leave. Of course I'd hate to see them go. But I am also happy for them because in order for them to progress and move forward, they have to get out of the backwaters of Melawati and see what it is like on the outside.

So after the concert last night, Wan Tze and I hugged and cried. Well, she started it and I had to firmly tell her not to cause she's making me cry also. Well, I love you too, Wan Tze. Go, go spread your wings and fly. Go explore what the rest of the world has in store for you. Go and have a time of your life, discovering great mysteries, encountering adventures. Go meet people who will enrich your life. Go instill even more dynamic qualities to a character already set in a fine mould. Go celebrate life.

Reader Comments (4)

"they have to get out of the backwaters of Melawati and see what it is like on the outside..."

Melawati? Backwaters?! MY HOME THIS IS!!!

And, besides, Wanz is not even from Melawati... backwaters of Bukit Antarabangsa is more like it...
July 25, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterjulian
Same lah. This part of town mah. Same air, same mountains, bred and nurtured in these parts mah
July 25, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterKaty
=( Love her too.. Miss her so much!
July 26, 2005 | Unregistered Commenterpohlynn
Wei... you all making me cry leh, everytime I read this post.
August 13, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterWanZ

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