So I decided to meet the parents of one of the most intelligent girls in my 8-year-old class. Well the meeting was more of a coincidence than a decision. We were privileged to be on the same bus heading to the same destination. As we alighted from the bus, I quickly approached the mum to talk with her.

“I’m DD’s class teacher and I just want to tell you that you have a very intelligent and smart girl as a daughter and she’s one of the best students in my class,” I declared. “I hope she’s appreciated at home?” She smiled and thanked me for the “nice comment” and just as I was about to go about my business, she called me back as if she forgot to give me something.

“I’ve been wanting to report DD to her teacher,” she exclaimed. “You see, lately DD has been a very disobedient child. I told her I’ll report her to you and would appreciate if you’ll help to talk to her.” I told her I’ll do my best and proceeded to walk to class with DD.

“So what is this disobedience thing I hear from your mum,” I quizzed. She was silent for about 3 seconds as if trying to choose wisely her next few words. She proceeded to pour out her heart in the 3 minutes duration of the walk to class.

“Don’t mind my mum. She wants me to be a doctor when I grow up and I insisted I want to be a musician. I’ve even written a few songs and my dad says that I’m not serious. They tell me I’m being disobedient because I’m not going to choose the career they want for me. Maybe my mum think I’ll fail at being a musician the way she failed at being a model. She used to be a model before you know. She used to model for my aunty’s fashion store when she was younger. All I know is that I want to be a musician when I grow up.”

I was shocked. This girl was talking as if she was 25. Even her dress sense was beyond her age; mature and elegant. Maybe she got that from her mum. Either way, I had no doubt DD was resolved to be a musician when she grows up. I had to caution her not to be argumentative with her parents when it comes to the issue. I told her that she should still harbor her dream for music and when the right time comes, even her parents will have no doubt that music is her passion. Or what should I have told her? I was a little short of words and would appreciate your input.

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One comment

  1. my is pato · August 2, 2013

    ilike to no the disobedent daugther


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