An Ode to Six

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Six oh six, it has been difficult to watch you grow up

My parenting skills have been put to the test

Every single day

And I wonder if this is my best


Six oh six, you are still very much a child

And a precocious one indeed

But being a typical boy,

Often you hear, but pay no heed


Six oh six, you are sociable and friendly

When anyone can be your best friend today

But friendship can sizzle

Just as easily the next day


Six oh six, developing a sense of right or wrong

Seems to come so naturally

All you need is some nudging from me

But time and getting organized is still abstract, possibly?


Six oh six, you are a very funny little person

Have very clear preferences for the things that you like

Spy stories, drawing and making up your own songs

Always making me laugh at the stories that you write


Six oh six, to make this memorable year for you and me

I cannot forget to encourage

And be there to support

Of all your inspirations, of every little sort


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Officially Bespectacled

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This photo was taken while K was undergoing his eye training session doing what he likes best; sketching. His right eye was covered with the eye patch, while he struggled through blurred vision from his left eye adjusting to the prescription from the glasses.

I feel mixed emotions as I see this photo, as my baby has grown up overnight to an ‘Ah Pek’ wearing those glasses :(. But at the same time, I will embrace these changes, as he is still my precious little boy, despite these imperfections.

It has been a challenging 2 weeks, with the doubt flooding hb’s and my mind when we first got the diagnosis, but after seeking a second opinion, it’s official that K has Accomodative Esotropia and Amblyopia.

The first few eye training sessions have been difficult, as K was crying out of frustration of not being able to see clearly with the eye patch and he struggled with adapting to glasses. Each time he cried bitterly, I hugged him tight and and assured him, “Mommy will do this with you ok? Be brave and we will do this together, your eyes will get better.”

Then we read picture books from the library with stories of kids with the same eye condition, which he could totally relate to.

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And another book that showed that it wasn’t too bad to be wearing glasses.

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After a week of eye training sessions, I found this drawing of a little guy nestled in his superhero sketches…

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I asked him, “Who is this?” And he said, “It is me, Mommy.”

So what did I see in this drawing?

I know he has fully accepted his self-image when he can translate his new bespectacled self in his drawings. And at the end of the day, that imperfection is just a little part of him. K has Esotropia and Amblyopia. He is still my adorable and handsomest son, a cheeky piggy, my little artist and a super sports boy. And I know he is going to be ok.



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Bad Art does not exist

Is there such a thing as bad art?

Actually I think there is, just that I chose not to tell Kyle that his art or any art that he sees is lousy.

Why delude the child?

Simply because a child needs to know that the goal of creating art is the process of discovery, experimentation and fun.


I still believe in this, especially for my photography or the little handmade creations that I make sometimes.

It doesn’t matter that we draw or paint, or take photographs which are not very nice, what matters is the process.

I tell my son K that he can be an artist, every creation that he draws or paint is interesting /special /unique /different /colourful /dark /strange sometimes, but it is still art.

Art involves being curious, observing things, invention, passion and most of all it take courage. Courage to create. I tend to think that creativity is not something that few are born with, rather, it is an aspect of life that some nourish and others ignore.

K’s experience in his new art school HeART Studio, has been such an encouragement that I am going to continue to help him nourish his creativity by continuing his art enrichment lessons.

The process started out with this,



Went on to this, all in one lesson…



Proceeded to this in the second lesson,


Indeed, Art is not about the product but the process, despite believing in this, I am still surprised and very pleased with what K created.

Even his symbolic art attempts are alot more detailed these days.

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Photo copyWhile for this, he spent 1 hour drawing and coloring in the patterns and told me that he want to continue this artwork in a separate session.

Previously with his limited exposure to only open-ended approaches that I often do with him at home, I hear this too often, “I don’t know how to draw this, please show me…” I am not trained in art, so I find it a challenge to model the right techniques that he can learn.

Exposure to the right art techniques has given him the confidence to draw more often, challenged him to explore draw varied pictures, improved his observation skills and attention span tremendously. He is able to sit by himself, draw and color his own creations for more than one and a half hours at a time.

With the right techniques taught in art, if Mr. ‘I draw only stickmen’ can do this, there is definitely hope for this mom too!

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