The woman in this story is very inspiring for me. Please click on this link and read the whole story because she is amazing. The excerpt below is what we should teach our children and how we should live our lives. Cheers!
Mother Tiew always promotes education to her children to help them survive and to contribute to society in the future. She has fought tooth and nail to get her kids to sit in the same class with regular children. She also has to teach her children to be patient when they are looked upon with disdain by the parents of the other kids. Even some teachers have given them pressure in the hopes that they leave the school.
“Education is a priceless inheritance. We can give them nothing but education. If they have a chance to attend a school and later obtain a diploma, these children will be able to stand on their own two feet. They will never end up in prostitution or cause any other social problems. They will probably contribute greatly to the society,” says Suthasinee.
As if she doesn’t have enough on her plate, Suthasinee is also enrolled in a master and doctorate degree in social development. Her simple reason is she would like to set a good example for her kids. “The main message is that although I am old and sick, I have to go to school,” says Suthasinee. The first few years of managing Home Hug gave her another important lesson – death is a natural truth. After doctors confirmed that some of her children were in the final stage of the disease, Suthasinee decided to bring them back to the orphanage. She sometimes let them sleep in her arms at night. She told them stories, talked and sang to them. After some terminally ill children confessed that their last wish was to see the sea for the first time before they died, she brought them to a seaside city. “Some of the kids did get better and went on to live for more than ten years. Today they still go to school and help me take care of the younger children. Of course, many others don’t make it and I have to let them go. In the past, some older children would have to dig a grave and help each other to make a coffin. Finally, we had to bury them with our own hands, because undertakers refused to do the job for fear of the disease. This fact is never concealed from the children. I tell them everything, even about suffering and death. All the children of Home Hug know very well that one or two of their friends may not wake up tomorrow. They never ask questions,” says Suthasinee, her voice cracking.
After composing herself, she continues tersely: “While we are alive, we should love others as much as we can. Don’t wait until they are gone and then weep for nothing. Death is the conclusive chapter of the love you mutually share with someone. Tears cannot bring the dead back to life. So please give them love and access to medicine. Most of all, give them happiness.”
Suthasinee says that bringing up children is not difficult, but helping them grow up to be good citizens is. Family members and general society should give them a chance to learn to be independent. When Home Hug children come to her with desperation, her final advice to them is, “As soon as you give up and want to die, you start to count down to your last breath,” says Suthasinee.