dear godson – on your 100 day celebration.
jake your mother is my first good friend in hk. when she was pregnant with you, i asked if i could be your godmother because i want to take a proactive role in your life as you grow up.more than a friend to me,your mother is also my mentor. she taught me how to survive in the urban jungle of hk.
when i see children like you jake, i feel that you are both very lucky and yet unlucky. you will be the 7th generation of children to grow up in a relatively peaceful time. the last time the developed world saw a war was in 1945. as much as i detest wars, i believe that wars sharpen survival instincts and test your limits. i do hope that you will find new things to challenge yourself with because discovering the human spirit is the most amazing thing.
so often right now, society has forgotten that it takes a village to raise a kid – no one wants to shoulder responsibilities anymore. busy parents blaming teachers, teachers blaming parents. when we were expecting you, godma thought hard about how to add value to your life.
your parents will give you the best education possible and godma wants to teach you how to play and to take you out of your comfort zone. your godfather is very creative. we hope to help you find your destiny. when godma was young, godma was ignorant towards many people especially people living in destitution. this is not the metric you should be growing up to.
to be happy, we need to feel a sense of gratitude otherwise we will always be looking for the wrong fulfillment.
most importantly godma wants to you to play and imagine. in the last few decades, there has been a massacre on imagination. the endless list of books written on raising children are driven by economics and treat children like factory products. they teach children systems that don’t work, how to answer model questions during exams. that will only stop your growth as person. while it undeniable that exams are a system that we have to adhere, just treat it as a game and one of those things you need to do in order to get by the system.
godma wants you jake to teach me how to be a better person.help godma stay young and be relevant. the worst thing godma fears – is not growing older, it is growing out of context.