My tha-tha and I

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My tha-tha and I

Posted by Monica Chia on 18-Nov-2020 09:45:00
Monica Chia

The little memories I have of my grandfather that I cherish deep down my heart, was when he used to drop me off at my school on his way to work.  He would get me my favorite mushroom curry puff from Old Chang Kee along the way.

He had taken good care of me since I was an infant and I don't think I had ever fully appreciated his presence growing up. Thus, looking back at how tha-tha was there for me throughout my life in primary school, made me realize he was with me through my ups and downs.

Even when there was no one to welcome me back from school, he would be there for me with his welcoming smile.

After a few years have gone by without him, I realize that there is a void that can never be filled, because there is no other love in this world like the love of a grandparent.  I really do feel the importance of having a grandparent by your side to shower you with love and affection, to listen to your worries when you are down.

My tha-tha was the person whom I could turn to when I needed a shoulder to cry on.  I miss how he used to whistle a melodious tune when he was coming up the corridor alerting me to rush out and hug him. I dearly miss his soft and smooth voice consoling me when I didn't excel in my examinations. These few years without him has deeply affected my life, as I now realize that I could have been more affectionate towards him, more understanding and a better granddaughter to him.

On this special occasion of Grandparents Day, I think it is really important to value your grandparents when they are still around. On this special day and during this tough time of the pandemic, I hope you wish your grandparents a blessed Grandparents' Day and make them feel more loved and appreciated.


By: Maasha Anisha

Supported By:

Manoharan Deepikka, Charlotte Tan and Sapna Charles

CHIJ St. Joseph's Convent ( Chij SJC)

Class 2 Endurance (2020)

This is Part 2 of a two-part series from a group of students from CHIJ St. Joseph's Convent, to remember Grandparents' Day Singapore 2020, and to raise awareness of the well being of grandparents especially during this pandemic.

Introduction Grandparents Day Singapore 2020
Part 1 (publish on 13 Nov): My turn to care for my grandparents.

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Topics: Society, Family, Aging


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