Saturday, May 16, 2015

10th Anniversary of Grand Parenthood

Nowadays it is a privilege to be surrounded by grandchildren. I have friends and ex classmates who are still waiting for their children to get married so that they may experience the same joy my wife and I had in the past 10 years. Time flies when little children keeps you busy. Watching them grow before your eyes give us both a sense of achievement and pride. But of greater treasure is the relationship built with the kids. For us it foster strong inter generational ties so that in years to come we can be assured the love and care as well as teachings we imparted upon them will strengthen their love for us. For them our presence in their nurturing years bridge into their parents past. Since many children don't have grandparents to dot over them ours are privileged. We provide oversight and care while their parents work. At night they return home.

We are blessed with six little people. In our eyes they are giants in the making, not in physique but personality and abilities. We stay in touch with those not under our care. Modern telecommunication technology and the internet keep us close to those far away.

On this 10th anniversary year our grandchildren range between 3 and 10 years in age. It was hardly over a year ago that the youngest felt left out but today she's exerting her presence playing or talking with her siblings or cousins. In the next few years what would be our role as grand parents? We certainly won't be afraid of becoming redundant oldy moldies. Instead when they need us less to look after their daily routines we become more important in engaging their minds. When we talk with them it will be like entering our second teenhood. The years of foundation building should keep them close to us. I'm looking at the 15th anniversary with anticipation but the 20th anniversary with prayer and hope that we will stay physically able and healthy to experience teenaged grandchildren.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I Am A Road

I'm neither poetic nor am I gifted to write poetry. However I was inspired to write the following which I hope won't be the last.

I am a road
I'm build for a load
To take people from place to place
For those who knows the way if not by Waze
You probably take me for granted
Until you're lost and finds me wanted
I'm your way and your direction
Without me you lose your position
Of what use is your GPS
If it has no roads to guess?

All kinds of folks use me
For work, for play and even for a fee
I'm your frontier maker
I lead you where I want you to go
I take you high, I take you low
I show you places you never know
I start life as a path, then a lane
Not broad enough to land a plane
Then I grow to a road then a highway
And carried all kinds of vehicles every day

Like you I have names
But I live not for glory nor fame
I'm but a road, big or small
My role is the same, to help one and all
Build a community
Connect society
Create humanity
Sustains economy
Please keep me clean and maintained
Only then can my purpose be retained

I've seen joy I've seen sadness
When people celebrate in gladness
Or congregate in demonstrations
Against real or perceived persecutions
I felt pain when people die on me
Accidentally or recklessly
I'm vulnerable to calamities
I'm made useless during earthquakes
Or storms uproot trees and breaks
And floods inundate me, making me invisible

We are roads to each other
Giving direction, carrying burdens
Supporting one another
We may be a tiny path but we are no inferior
To the massive highways so superior
What little we do we serve
Those who walks on us
How much more they deserve
To become roads of love
Into each heart, into each life
Making sweethearts into wives

Creating baby roads for the family we raise
Telling our children our younger days
When we were nothing
Made into paths, into bigger things
Soon roads and highways
Crisis crossing lives and byways
O be roads and not toads
Be highways not low ways
For a road may be trodden
But shall never be forgotten.

Composed by Peter Yew on September 5, 2014 under inspiration.

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Be Not Challenged

Hi, it's been awhile, quite a long while really. I was thinking of giving up blogging as my love have shifted to Facebook which is more engaging. But my first love couldn't die, shouldn't die, mustn't die. It introduced me to social networking in 2008 when blogging was the favorite means of engaging with friends and strangers to share thoughts, struggles and happy moments. I was happy to hit my 67th birthday a month ago. In that moment of inspiration I penned these words which refuse to leave my head. As it remained in my Facebook status update I want it to become my words of encouragement especially to my peers. Have a nice day.

"Be not challenged by your age but engage it. It will always win. In the end it will overpower you. Be happy under every circumstance for what can you do beside? Live within your means but always with your dreams. Some may eventually come true, others you take away with you. But as I've heard before, seize the day. Live it well. Do whatever you love. Be no man's enemy but everyone's friends. Abide by your values and principles. And pursue that peace to be your constant friend. When the fierce sun eventually decide to sink into the horizon you see a simmering sun setting in glory. May our lives be like that. A beautiful sunset."

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