“Liam’s mummy, I just wanted to let you know that Liam is not only good at expressing himself verbally but he’s also very creative.”
“Oh,” I responded at the unexpected feedback, doing my quickest to chuck the phone aside and not get distracted by the incoming messages on my WhatsApp. I wasn’t expecting Liam’s teacher to come up to me mid-journey while on the bus during their most recent school excursion, but since she initiated, I was all ears.
“Few days ago, when everyone was asked to do a pegboard activity, in which they are supposed to pick up and place the pegs in the holes to refine their visual perception skills, Liam decided to imagine his pegboard as a steering wheel. He starting telling his friends that he was driving a bus, went to put some rows of chairs behind his seat, and told them to get on his bus while making zoom zoom and hissing sounds (to imitate opening and closing of the hydraulic door). Some classmates started to sit in the chairs as he “drove”, and soon he was “driving” a bus full of people!” Teacher Ariel went on animatedly. “What an imagination he has, using a pegboard as a steering wheel, and getting everyone involved! Just thought I’d let you know.”
This wasn’t the first time I’ve heard about Liam’s creativity. In his previous school (which he had 2 amazing teachers whom I dearly miss), I was told of how he engaged his class into imagining a car tyre (which was part of a sensory session) to be a fun tunnel, demonstrating different ways to play with it. In addition, I also had the opportunity to witness my son’s creativity for the first time. During one of the Sport’s Day race activities, each kid was told to crawl forward within a cardboard wheel while their parent “roll” the wheel along to get from point A to B. My young man decided that instead of crawling forward like everyone else, he would do the reverse – sit backwards and have his back and bum to nudge wheel forward instead – resulting in our wheel reaching point B a lot faster than the rest.
Tears started to well in my eyes as Teacher Ariel walked back to her seat at the front of the bus. I cuddled Liam into my embrace as my heart swelled with parenting pride. My little boy was growing up faster than I realised and I was taking his growth developments for granted. Just hours earlier when we first arrived at school to report our attendance for the excursion, his action of leading me by the hand to his assembly hall and introducing me to his play buddies by saying “Xxxx, this is my mum. Mummy, meet Xxxx” already had me in awe and giggles of this young, confident boy…and now this? Surely I must be doing something right?
I haven’t been documenting much of the boys’ growth and milestones in the past year as I would have liked due to a few reasons. So this year, I want to make more of an effort to start documenting these precious moments so that I can re-live them again and again!
We love you lots Liam! Even though you tend to frustrate us countless times a day with your insistent ways…and then make up for it with a “I love you so very much Mommy” declaration and a super cute shake-the-booty-meets-robotic-moves dance. Argh, typing this makes me miss you already. But no, I’m not risking opening the door to look at you sleep, not even for a few moments because we both know how I paid for it when you woke up twice hearing the door handle click. See you in the morning my little darling. xoxo