Lau Teck, aged 71, is a retired engineer. He has seven grandchildren, including four boys and three girls, aged five to 16. He hopes that the problem of global warming will be resolved in his grandchildren’s lifetime.
It is not often a grandpa can write to his grandson. The only time I got close to my grandpa was when our family paid a visit to Bidadary, the Christian Cemetery during Qing Ming. We always remembered him because years ago he came to Singapore and became the pioneer of our family. Dimension and time must be right. I am glad that you and I are in the same dimension and time so that I can write to you this letter.
I am sure you can remember the time we spent taking the Duck Tour together. That was our first outing. Then there were the few occasions we went to the movies. I treasure the memory of the time we spent together. Of late we are enjoying the same series of books, The Guardians of Ga’Hoole. What excited me was the code of conduct the Owls followed: to stand on the side of good against the destructive forces of evil. How they fought gallantly against evil and their agents, sometimes even to the extent of losing their own lives! Surely this is one of the aims in life.
To fight evil, we must first be able to tell the difference between good and evil. With all the learning we have and the experience we go through each day, we are equipped to recognise evil and overcome it with good. Our parents are our teachers and our advisors and we can turn to them in times of need. Of course we must have allies who are with us in combating evil. It will not be easy. We need a strong belief and courage. We shall emerge victors!
I am heartened by your obedience. You do as you are told by your parents. Some think it is not cool. Sure, blindly following orders is not good. As we grow older we want to act on our own impulse and this more often than not causes us to stumble. Our parents always give us good advice. Sometimes they can be bitter pills, difficult to swallow, but in the end they restore us to health.
In life one must be humble. Have you observed that the taller the bamboo grows, the lower it bends? “He that is down fears no fall, he that is humble has no pride.” You must have exhibited this in your school life. When your examination result is good, you do not boast about it. Nor do you look down on your friends who walk to school, while your mother drives you to school in Dad’s comfortable car.
Finally, believe in God who is your Heavenly Father and He will look after you each day of your life. I believe and trust Him and He is with me each day.
This letter is republished with permission from the National Library Board. Letters From Grandma and Grandpa (2008) is an initiative to create opportunities for youth and seniors to strengthen ties, enhance understanding and appreciate each other. Singapore grandpas and grandmas share their stories from the past, their hopes for the future, their love from their hearts, and their values for the soul. The letters capture their thoughts and feelings on important values, such as family and heritage, respect for the elders, generosity, love, courage and responsibility.
First published on 14-02-2011.
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