There was this shoe box living in my sister’s room. She found it today while cleaning up her room. Inside this show box she found…
a whole bunch of some really old stuff. My stuff. Cards, letter, little mementos and cut out pictures. Cards that I had received from my friends at university and..from school. I’m talking way back.
Thought I’d share two of them with you 🙂
The first is a clipping from a Malay newspaper. The date: 2nd of October 1978. I was seven! It was a little write up of the annual concert held by the students at my school!
I can’t believe I actually have this still. I think my mum must have cut it out and saved it. Yay mum!
The second one holds a special place in my heart. My sister and I studied “Effective Speaking” under the guidance of one, Susan Putra. I was 12 when I started, my sister was 9. We were among her first students. Susan was the only teacher at the time who insisted we called her by her name, instead of Ms Putra or the dreaded “teacher”. She had just returned to Malaysia from the UK and having established an affiliation with Trinity College in London, started the classes here. We loved going to class because we had so much fun!
In September 1988, Susan was unwell (she had the mumps!) and so she got some of her “senior students” help conduct a few of her classes for the younger kids. I was one of those senior students. She had the lessons all prepared, so it was just a matter of going in and taking charge of the class. I remember it – not very clearly, but enough. A whole bunch of 6-8 year olds. I remember having fun teaching the kids. And I think, they enjoyed it too. Well…at least no one cried or screamed, and they were so well behaved. I can’t remember how many days or classes I taught though.
Susan gave me this thank you card and a set of accessories, a necklace and a pair of earrings. I still have the earrings with me!
I think the reason why I appreciate this card is because I’ve “always” wanted to be a teacher. I can’t remember exactly when it started, but I do love the idea of being a teacher and creating lessons plans and all that.
I even have pictures of celebrity crushes that I had cut out from magazines in that box: Greg Evigan (circa 1989) and Andy Gibb (circa 1984).
And this from a person who regularly declutters her possessions!
Do you keep old mementos? What’s the oldest that you have?