something old, something new

Every year as we draw closer to the season of examinations, it isn't just the students who get jittery, teachers too. But like all previous years, we continue to pray for them. Schools and teachers keep their spirits up with words of encouragement, and little tokens.

It started with an innocent "Girls (my co-form teachers), are you from the era where we made friendship bands?" My extremely obliging friends weren't but they agreed wholeheartedly to learn the art of braiding.

 So we started. We did them in the evenings, in-between classes, and of course, while on those marking breaks and managed to complete the task in time.

Each band was placed into the pouches, complete with a note Ms Fatin wrote for them and they were handed out to the girls in class when we celebrated Teachers' Day. Really thankful and grateful for these wonderful friends / co-form teachers making this come true. :) 

Why friendship bands? Some of the friendships forged during secondary school days would last our lifetime and we wanted the girls to know that. Each band was braided with different colours - to let them know that individually, they are beautiful, but together they become magical. We want them to know that they could always count on each other, to look out for one another.

 Daddy helped too - he faithfully held on the knots in one hand while watching television in the evenings while I braided away. I promised C that she could have 1 too when she asked for it but only after I had completed those for the class. 2 days ago, we went down to a craft shop where she picked out her favourite colours. I made the band into a key holder as her old one was coming apart.

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