Wednesday, November 09, 2011

chalk & cheese

when we have 2 of something, we just can't help but compare them; none more so than comparing our children.

one could be a fast learner, the other not so.

one more talkative & expressive, the other introverted.

one a leader, the other a follower.

the list goes on.

we've read before in nursery rhymes what little boys & girls are made of.

boys are snips & snails  & puppy dogs tails, while girls are sugar & spice & everything nice.

take the exams, for example. my son just takes things in his stride - he studies just enough to get us off his back, still wants to play & watch TV during exam week, & even if he drops to a lower class next year, life will still go on without a care. he doesn't know what stress is & if nothing else intervenes, he will definitely live to a ripe old age.

my daughter is the direct opposite. she has to complete her revision at all costs, sacrifice sleep to study, will eat when stressed, & will cry & wail if the exams don't go well.

as it is, the boy did just enough in the year-end exam to remain in the same class, while the girl is going thru a torrid time in the ongoing O-levels.

p/s. i actually wrote a similar post after the boy's midterm exams. read here.

there you are - 2 different peas from the same pod who will walk different life's paths. like chalk & cheese.

14 comments:

stay-at-home mum said...

I, too have chalk and cheese. I think birth order and gender plays a big part in determining whether they are chalk or cheese too! All the best to your daughter for her exams.

Medie007 said...

>_< that's why there are more girls in the cream classes lor...

Yan said...

My daughter is like your son, while my son is like your daughter:)

doc said...

SAHM,

the good in one child balances out the not-so-good in another, doesn't it?

thanks for your kind wishes.

doc said...

Medie,

there's no doubt there are more girls in varsities these days. who knows, one day they may take control of the world!!

doc said...

Yan,

we have much in common.

(we drive altises)

reanaclaire said...

Me too.. I have a boy who studies like yours and a girl so serious in her studies that make me worry for her! :)

doc said...

Claire,

we also have much in common.

(we play guitar for church)

Yvonne Foong said...

Since girls are closer to their dads, I suppose she took after you?

doc said...

Yvonne,

for better or for worse, she only inherited my looks.

Yvonne Foong said...

So you were not as studious as your girl.

doc said...

Yvonne,

she is very studious but less of a all-rounder. i played sports & board games, had hobbies & know more general knowledge.

ilene ong said...

This is why I stuck to having only 1 child! hahaha .....

doc said...

Ilene,

and your daughter gets both your undivided attention.