Well Chinese New Year has just passed and the annual cycle of speaking engagements starts at the turn of the month. And along with it the quarterly ritual of drafting my speeches in advance, because I’m too much of an untalented slacker to work on caffeine inspired last minute masterpieces.
So here goes, time to get the oratorical gears lubed up and moving again after a jolly good winter’s break.
Obviously metaphorical, since we don’t really have winter in Singapore. Though we do have seasons, minus winter we have three of them. In order of occurance they are; rainy, scorching and flooding.
Actually previously we just had two, rainy and scorching, but the government was so kiasu they built the Marina Barrage to keep the rain water from diluting the salty oily harbour beachie water. So now we have flooding, for a couple of months every year while the PUB figures out how to dogde getting blamed for the backed up longkangs.
Back on topic, this is the first draft of a speech on Celebrating the Family in Singapore. Hope you guys enjoy the read cos this would probably be the only time it’ll be seen unmolested (by people that think they are smarter than a code monkey that by some fluke also has a degree in communications).
Speech for events celebrating of families: “Emo Parents are Awesome!” [Original Draft] [Duration/Time Limit 5-10mins]
by Eman Lim, 9th February 2011.
Good day _____[Insert ceremonial greetings, salutations and miscellaneous drivel here.]
“Frustration is a symptom of passion. Angst is an indicator of love. Action is a result of having had enough of frustration, angst, passion and love. Direction is an understanding of why and what the action is for.”
If you are not frustrated, it means you don’t have enough passion to make things better. Frustration means that you know you can do better and want to do better.
If you do not feel angst than you do not love your cause enough.
If you feel none of these, you have no direction because you do not know what your cause is nor do you understand why you love it.
Parents love their kids and want the best for them. They may get frustrated if they do not succeed at giving their family the best that is possible, they feel angst (towards a system, situation or outcomes) because they love their kids. The parents that have enough love for their kids will take action, because they have direction in their lives. That direction is the best possible future for their kids.
I don’t think I qualify to speak for parents, because I am not a parent, but I am my parents’ child and I have experienced the frustration and angst of my parents through their respective and collective actions to give my brother and myself the best they could.
Kids, you may laugh at what I just said because I just called your parents frustrated and angsty, i.e. “emo”. But remember they are emo, because they are emotional. And that emotion they are expressing is love. Love for you.
If you ask me, you are lucky to have such emo parents, because there are other less fortunate kids your age with no parents or families to love them they way your parents love you.
If you have siblings that help your parents with their emo-ing on you. Then you know what? You are blessed because you have an even better future because you have them to emo you after your parents are gone, and when you have kids they will emo-ingly help you emo your kids too.
I know because my uncles and aunties helped my parents emo me too. I’m sure you’ve experienced your uncles, aunties and cousins emo you to.
Now as we celebrate our families as a community/national family, let us remember that being emo is good.
Kids, remember to show your parents your “thank yous” whenever they go emo on you.
Parents, thanks for being emo and emo-ing your kids the best you can. That is in my opinion the coolest way to be emo. The future is a better place because of you. I say the future IS better because today WAS better already because you made it happen. You are truly awesome role models for your kids and future parents like myself…and the other future parent of my future children.
Happy Family Everyone! May you be EMO and AWESOME always!