Okay, first of all, I’m not trying to brag myself. But I really need to share about this. I’m sure there are other people out there who face the same situation as I do. Honestly, I am 29 this year, but whenever I encounter strangers, they will think I am still a schoolgirl. Not the way I behave, but it is because of my look. I’ve experienced so many circumstances that brought up this issue.
For a start, after I finished high school and continued my diploma at UiTM, whenever I had a conversation with the people I rarely met during holidays, they will say something like this, “eh, lama suda tidak jumpa ko o… tingkatan brapa suda gia ko 2?” (long time no see… what Form in high school are you now?) and I will be stucked for awhile and usually my answer will be “ooh…saya tidak sekolah suda.” (i’ve finished my school) 🙂
Back when I was a practical/trainee teacher, when my friends and I went to the school for the first time to report duty, the security asked us “ are you girls coming here to get the SPM result?” and all of us looked at each other and giggled.
And now that I am a teacher, i am still facing the same thing. Sometimes, when I take a bus (sapa suru tidak brani drive kreta sndiri,kan hehe..) to go somewhere and have conversations with the other friendly passengers, the topic always arise. “Where are you schooling?” “Are you in Form 5?” and even the driver will charge me with the student’s fare rate. Haha lucky me! 🙂 (panjahat jg la kan heee…)
There was once, when I was walking around the school’s hostel, a parent called me, “Hey, which class are you?” I didn’t answer. I just smiled at the mother. “Can you ask my daughter to see me? I’m sure you know her.” Then she mentioned a name, which later I asked another student to call her to meet the parent.
But what I remember the most is an incident at a market. I was looking for fresh vegetables, when I encounter one of my students, helping his mother selling ‘Kuih-muih’ at the market. “Hello!” I greeted the son and the mother in the friendliest-teacher-way. His mother looked at me and asked his son, “Is she your classmate at school?” I could feel my cheeks reddened, when her son answered with laughter, “She’s my teacher!” Imagined my 13-year-old student is my classmate! And I was 26 at that time. But the good thing is her mother quickly apologized and gave me extra ‘kuih’ hihihi…lucky me! Again 🙂
There are so many advantages…no, I’d rather call it, Blessings! That I receive for being the way I am. For instance, the agents/ business people who often come to school to promote about the things they are selling, always ignore me. Why? Because I usually tell them that I am just a practical/ trainee teacher (blm ada gaji lg) and they will leave me alone. (penipu jg la kan huhuhu…)
I know I won’t be young forever. Everybody will get old. But I am going to enjoy this, while I still can (in a good way :)) hehe…
Thank You Lord, for making me…Me 🙂