Growing up

Around the time that my daughter turned 7, she started reading Harry Potter. One of my favorite things about Ella is that when I have her, I get to read books with her. And now, after over a year of jinxes and charms, potions and patronuses, we say good-bye. And it’s not Hagrid, Hermione, Ron, Dumbledore or even Harry that I miss. I miss Snape. Yes, his hair was greasy. He was unadorable. No one liked him.

But still, he kept on showing up. My favorite thing about Snape was that you never knew what was going to happen around him. He kept the story going – until the very end. When I was Ellas’ age, I read obsessively. Long books in which somebody dies or leaves forever. Adults at the times all said the same thing: it’s just a story. And I even said that to Ella during sad and scary parts. What was I thinking? Just a story? As opposed to what? Stories are everything. Stories let us feel the big feelings and then get to the other side of them. We get scared, we get abandoned, we walk through fire with Harry and his friends, and then we see, much to our relief, we haven’t burnt to a crisp after all. When I was a kid, I wept, I brooded, I daydreamed.  And that’s why I guess I love Snape.

Some might call his silences anti-social behavior, but think about it. They let you in. They let you breathe. They let you wonder. Does he? Can he? ‘Is he bad or good,’ Ella asked, countless times. Not bad or good or black or white. There is so much in between in Snape. In between is where the magic is. There is more to him than meets the eye – which makes him the most realistic wizard I have ever met. He’s the hero behind the hero. One could imagine a whole set of books just about him, but I don’t think I would probably wouldn’t enjoy it. Go team Snape! Over the course of the last few days I spent with Ella, bonding and clashing with her, I begin to realise that my daughter has indeed grown up. She can do most of the daily activities themselves but by the time we got home, she was dead tired. Sure, there are times she becomes really disobedient and ignorant on my instructions. But then we would play and lose control of our sillyness. End result? We laughed and giggled non stop. 

Having said that, I do also enjoy preparing dinner for her, driving her around to different playgrounds and op-shopping etc. I would like to say a special thank you to my princess. 

From the 2 year old days, I thoroughly and truly treasure the times with her. I just wish the time will go slower. My girl, like me, simply loves to draw. Whenever she is with me and is not reading or finger knitting, she would request a paper to draw. At times, she would draw for me or her mummy. Her drawing may not be well drawn but the picture reflects her true feelings. I used to keep the drawings and place it at my work desk. These drawings are a source of motivation to me. When I am down in office or stress, I will smile when I lift my head and see the drawings. What I love most about the drawings are the heart shape and the family members. Ella often tells me that the heart shape represents her love for me and the people are her mother, her grandmother, her aunties and cousins etc. From the colorful pictures, it reveals how happy she is being with us.I always believe that kid’s drawing can reveal his / her true feelings. In my girl’s case, her drawings can cheer me and warm my heart.

Published by theirishduck

I love the ability where I can plan, prioritise, design, develop and deliver blended learning solutions for a variety of markets. I love to consult and advise about the best use of digital learning and improve design standards in line with evolving ways of working. I also enjoy to keep up to date with, understand and regularly recommend emerging technologies and practice to improve individuals, teams and organisational capabilities. With over 12 years digital learning experience and demonstrated experience in both instructional design and eLearning development, I have also a lot of experience conducting training needs analysis including how to leverage principles such as design thinking and root cause analysis to understand and address performance gaps. I also have led many facilitation workshops and even presented at iDesignX and Game Developers Conferences both here in Australia, Wales and in the United States. I bring loads of coding experience in Java, ASM, C++, HTML, JavaScript, SCORM and xAPI, as well as proven capability using Adobe Captivate, Trivantis Lectora and Articulate Storyline 360 Studio authoring programs. Of course, Adobe Creative Cloud is also part of my toolbox which I also use daily. Being taught traditional and advanced 3D animation techniques, I love hand drawing and polymer clay sculpture, but can also use the Blender, 3D Studio Max, Maya and Softimage applications. With strong multimedia, training and programming backgrounds, I understand modern learner behaviour including micro and social learning, I am very familiar with most LMSes and app-based (XCode and Android Studio), adult learning models and e-solutions. I also possess the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, whilst being pro-active in delivering work independently with minimal supervision, but enjoy working in teams. I've been told I am a resilient, relationship focused guy which can manage and navigate conflicting views and stakeholders/subject matter experts.

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