Even when he is old, he will not depart from it
Supervisor: Louise Law
Recently, I discovered some delightful scenes as I had more opportunity to do exercise in the podium where I live. One is that more fathers in their prime played or engaged in parent-child activities with their children around eight or nine in the morning. I wondered how fathers, expected to maintain their family, could afford not to work at this time of the day. From the satisfied looks of these fathers, I could only conclude that they valued very much establishing a fine parent-child relationship, even at the costs of sacrificing time and money.
Another touching experience is when I brought my aging father to walk in the podium, I often times saw a group of young children cheering my dad. When they saw that my father staggering along with his walker and not giving up, they initiated to cry;” Uncle, hurrah, keep up!” A feeling of warmth surged in my heart. I appreciated these young children, who had the urge to care for and encourage those in need.
The above mentioned experiences: parents willing to spend time on their children and young children showing empathy may not have a direct cause-effect relationship. They do, however, remind me of a familiar Bible verse, which happens to be our school motto: “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs: 22:6).
This verse clearly implies the close link between parents carefully training their children and the latter’s life-long adherence to the right paths. I firmly believe that if parents take advantage of the golden opportunity to train up their young children in their formative years, use eternal Biblical truths to influence them, and be exemplary models themselves, their children will definitely develop good values, and learn how to love themselves and other people for the rest of their life.
May this familiar but forever inspiring verse and school motto be an everyday reminder to both our parents and the school!