What is the most important thing you want to teach your child?
“Don’t touch yellow snow” could be one. But there’s no snow in Singapore.
“Believe in yourself” is just so cliched.
“Let it go” is topical but probably best sang.
“Always wear clean underwear” is probably a little too practical.
What can you teach your child that would prepare him/her for the world? For the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune (get him a Nerf gun). For the inevitable disappointments (“Life isn’t fair. But at least there’s chocolate ice cream”). The heartaches (“If you love someone, set him free. If he doesn’t come back, hunt him down and shoot him. If you still love him, shoot him with a Nerf gun”). And the pain. (“Life is pain. Anyone who tells you different is trying to sell you something!”)
What can you teach your child so she can see the world both as what it is, and what it could be, and learn to build the world that could be?
Or maybe she’s here to teach me patience.
Hurry up and get born, dammit!