6 Sep 2019
“Miss Ong, do you have space for another cat?”
A former student in my first school during the 80s texted me recently.
Me: What do you mean? As in a live cat? (feeling a bit nervous)
First Student: No, I mean a cat figurine.
I thanked him for his kind thoughts but explained that I’ve had my share of cute cat merchandise to last a lifetime.
First Student went on to describe how the cat figurine he saw was very well made and he would like me to have it.
I was touched that a kid I taught 32 years ago and who’s now working overseas should be interacting with his ancient teacher with such sincerity & enthusiasm. 😊
And after all, a couple of cat figurines shouldn’t take up too much space, I reasoned.
So bring it, I texted back.
Last week when we caught up at Grains & Hops near his art studio, he didn’t just bring me a pair of cats, but an entire collection of 20!
He wanted me have a complete set he said.
So on Teachers’ Day today, I’m dedicating this cat mandala to wish all teachers plenty of heart space to receive generosity & completeness, as shown by the giver of these 20 kitties.
And as Maggie Smith in her Downton Abbey character once said, “Nothing succeeds quite like excess,” I hope all students will not hesitate to thank or compliment their teachers and mentors excessively today or any other day. 😄