Friday, January 10, 2014

UBC Day 10 Best Surprise

Day 10 Ultimate Blogging Challenge


Oprah's 8th Question

The Best Surprise You've Ever Had

Here is an incident that surprised and delighted me. Is it the best surprise ever? I think I have many bests, let's say this is one of the bests.

When my son was in primary school, I got a note from the teacher to drop by and see her as she had something important to say to me. Now when a note like that comes home, as a parent your heart sinks. I questioned my son and his angelic little 7 year old eyes looked at me in complete astonishment.

So with great trepidation I went off to see the teacher. And here's what she said to me (not quite in these words but the essence is the same)..

"We had mat time yesterday and we asked the children what they wanted to be when they grew up. All of them came up with fireman, farmer, policeman, nurse, teacher etc, the usual stuff. Not your son, he wants to be a multi billionaire and own tall buildings. I was delighted to hear a radically new answer one I haven't heard ever in all my years as a teacher". (btw, Mrs M retired from teaching at the end of that year so she had been teaching for a long time).

Surprise, relief and delight were the emotions I went through. I can now say that 11 years later my son got admission into Architecture at Uni. He is specialising in Landscape Architecture - buildings, monuments, bridges, urban design etc. Thanks Mrs M for seeing a potential and nurturing that dream, and for passing on that info so we could nurture it too.

Don't ever put anything past kids. They will surprise you in the best ways.
 ~ James Van Der Beek




Wish you a day of delightful surprises.


Check out these awesome bloggers who are also taking part in the UBC challenge:
  Shilpa  Kajal  Richa  Jairam  Sheethal  Kathy  Swati  Michelle  Nabanita

My previous UBC Jan 2014 posts here

Oprah's questions roundup: Q1  Q2  Q3  Q4 Q5  Q6  Q7


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27 comments:

  1. That's awesome Suzy! Here's wishing all his dreams come true. And yes , such teachers are gems. :)

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    1. Thanks Jyothi. True, teachers like this are gems but also very rare.

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  2. The teachers who believe in us...they make a difference!

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    1. Ever so true Michelle. Good teachers truly motivate to achieve.

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  3. Wow..you son had some vision..and thanks to the teacher it did not get lost... I remember as a child I had no clue what I will be when I grow up..

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    1. Thanks Shiva. Ever since he could comprehend, all he's been doing is building - with blocks, with paper, with cards, rulers, boxes, books, lego. He even made his own toys.

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  4. What wonderful foresight. Both on the teacher's part, and from your son. Even as a child, he had a vision and focused on it to achieve his dream. Thank you for sharing this story. Visiting from UBC. http://t.co/ndR2EdsP2g

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    1. Thanks Francene. Ever since we visited New York when he was 7 years old, he was just fixed on the buildings and bridges.

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  5. Wow Suzy. It's great. Your son dreamt big while a kid and has proved that dreams can be converted to reality f you have the will. Reminded me of the Great Abdul Kalam.

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    1. Thanks Geeta. Some kids just know their mind and some kids find their wings later.

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    2. Great teacher. Some would have heard that comment, and encouraged him to be "more realistic." Your son apparently has a sense of direction he is listening to and following. We should all be as fortunate.

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    3. That's so true A New Me. Most would have told him to be realistic. Glad this one looked at a dream differently and encouraged it.

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  6. Wow from a dream at 7 to a blossoming architect encouraged by you and his teacher. That's awesome. Love to hear stories like this. Thanks for sharing .

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    1. Thanks Lisa. It is easy to encourage him, buildings and bridges gives him so much joy.

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  7. How nice is this! I can understand how it feels to receive a feed from someone like that about their child.

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    1. Thanks Kajal. She was an awesome teacher.

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  8. Wow! Your son had clarity of thought and a vision when he was so young and thanks to the Teacher M you got to know about it too! So heartwarming! :)

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    1. Thanks Shilpa. Yes he just loved building things from the moment he could hold a scissor he was building.

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  9. I hope his dreams come too !! Some teachers are just like angels they see you for what you really are :)

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    1. Thanks Nabanita. Ms M was definitely an angel in disguise.

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  10. Isn't this awesome! He was truly visualizing and manifesting at that age. And yes, it's lovely that his teacher and you appreciated that! Good luck to him with his dreams, Suzy!

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    1. Thanks Corinne. And yes big thanks to his teacher. I'm glad he has a vision. When I was young I had no idea what I wanted to do.

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  11. Really? he had the clarity at that age to say it and believe it with such strong conviction. He himself must feel so proud to have achieved it too... Truly a great surprise..

    Richa

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    1. Sure was Richa. But I think we already kind of knew where he was heading. He was building 3D models of houses ever since he could hold a scissor in his hand.

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  12. When our childhood dreams come true, that's were true happiness and peace comes :)

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    1. Sure does Sheethal. And it makes choice much easier too.

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