And what better way to spend it than spending some time with some hyperactive kids at the beach once in a while?
It’s quite amazing that to these kids, going to the beach is almost as routine as eating dinner in the evenings. If the sea is calm enough for a swim, they will jump right into it, but if the waves are rough, they know that they are not supposed to go into the water and they would be happy to just walk along the beach, pick up useless stuff that are washed ashore such as broken toothbrush, broken slippers, broken plastic bottles :)
Last week as we were walking to the beach with the kids, I had a very funny conversation with 9-year-old Aman.
“Kak Chen, Kak Chen sembahyang tak?”
“Ya, saya sembahyang, tapi saya tak sembahyang lima kali sehari. Saya tak pergi masjid. Saya…” Before I could finish my sentence, he went, “HA?! Tak sembahyang lima kali?! Tak pergi masjid?!” in a very surprised way. You should have seen his face!
“Sebab Kak Chen pergi sembahyang di tokong. Orang Melayu sembahyang di masjid, orang Cina sembahyang di tokong dan orang India sembahyang di kuil, betul tak?” I asked him. But he just giggled at the explanation.
And I couldn’t help but think how nice it would be if we were all as colour-blind as Aman :)