I was sitting in the very front row with my fellow teachers when my son's name was mentioned. He was awarded as the top student of the school that year.
The announcer called me by name as he knew that I was a teacher of the school. I was to accompany my son to go up the stage.
I could hear the applause and the cheering. It was a wonderful experience. So I stood up straight, turned my head around toward the back of the hall.
From far I could see my son, a tall young man now, smiling broadly and proudly as he came forward to receive his award.
I walked toward him, gave him a hug, and brought him toward the stage.
Walking up the stage together with my son gave me great pleasure. I was smiling from ear to ear. It was very fulfilling and satisfying indeed.
Seeing him shaking hands and talking with the principal and the senior assistance, with elegance and style, I realized that my son had grown up fast and was able to handle tougher challenges in life. How fast time had flied!
To my son, this was a great moment in his life. And I was happy that I was around to share his pride and happiness.
I had seen many students going up the stage alone to received this award in the past. I believed they had cried in their hearts for their parents to be around. But they just couldn't make it.
Yeah, behind a successful child is always the caring parents. But where are they to cherish the moment?
Where are they when their children receive the prize?