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.