If we hold on together…

It’s my little girl’s birthday today…

Birthday cake

Well, I guess she’s no longer little but one thing’s for sure, she’ll always be daddy’s little girl. She’s working now – an English teacher like what her father once was and though things may be different somewhat, some may still stay the same.

She would want to pay for the things she buys and pick up the tab when we eat out and she does not even want us to trouble us to cook and freeze the food for her to take to her rural school so she can just heat it up and eat, thus saving her all that trouble. Instead, she’ll buy her fresh supplies every week and cook her own. We would still buy stuff and cook nice things for her though and I would insist on footing the bill when we go some place to dine – after all, I have my monthly pension and though it may not be exactly a lot, there is enough to get by. ..and like I always say, it’s only money – I can’t bring it with me when I go so I might as well put it to good use at this point in time in any way I can.

For one thing, she’s a perfectionist and takes everything she does very seriously. Thus, she gets rather stressed out as there are so many things to do as a teacher that go beyond the core business of their profession – to teach…and she’s definitely not one to bend here and there and take shortcuts or find an easy way out. Other than that, she gets very depressed as her kids, being from the immediate surroundings in the middle of nowhere, are not in the least motivated to study and learn – all they would want to do all day would be to play and fool around but she tries all ways and means to win them over and help them the best she can.

But she’s new, in it for only a few months so I guess in time, she’ll grow stronger and become more confident in what she’s doing and will enjoy her career a whole lot more, like I did, fingers crossed. In the meantime, all I can do is to offer her words of consolation and encouragement and pray that she’ll always be strong physically, emotionally and spiritually and whatever it is, through thick and thin, I will be here for her always and I’m sure things can get better…if we hold on together.

Don’t lose your way
With each passing day
You’ve come so far
Don’t throw it away

Live believing
Dreams are for weaving
Wonders are waiting to start
Live your story
Faith, hope and glory
Hold to the truth in your heart

Souls in the wind
Must learn how to bend
Seek out a star
Hold on to the end

Valley, mountain
There is a fountain
Washes our tears all away
Words are swaying
Someone is praying
Please let us come home to stay

When we are out there in the dark
We’ll dream about the sun
In the dark we’ll feel the light
Warm our hearts, everyone

If we hold on together
I know our dreams will never die
Dreams see us through to forever
As high as souls can fly
The clouds roll by
For you and I


Happy birthday, darling!

Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

34 thoughts on “If we hold on together…”

  1. Your daughter is a lucky girl – happy birthday to her and what a beautiful cake!

    Thanks. That’s my favourite – from Marcus, the home-based cake baker at Lane 3, Delta Estate. Old school but very very nice.

  2. Happy Birthday, Melissa! Arthur, we girls will always be daddy’s girl no matter what 🙂 You and wife have done an excellent job bringing up a daughter who is loving, dedicated and financially responsible. I hope that in time to come, she will enjoy her teaching profession a lot more!

    I do hope so too, fingers crossed, thanks.

  3. Happy Birthday Melissa! All the best in the future. What a beautiful cake.

    Thank you. Icing spoilt a bit – my missus did not carry the box properly and the top cover came down on the flowers. 😦

  4. Happy Birthday, Melissa. Lovely photo & nice cake. Daughter will always have a special place in daddy’s heart and Arthur, you are one great daddy to your little girl.

    Thank you…thank you. She’s the only one I’ve got, sure will want only the best for her… Wink! Wink! 😉 LOL!!!

  5. Happy birthday Melissa!

    That’s a good trait to have – to not bend and keep at it but it can be very stressful and it’s not for all situations. You have a great father to learn from, I wish you all the best in life! 🙂

    Thank you, Huai Bin…and thanks for your kind & consoling words.

  6. Happy Birthday Melissa!

    May the Lord guard your heart and mind and bless you with knowledge and wisdom, that you may not lose your passion or despair by the situations!

    Amen. Thanks a lot, Pauline for your wishes and prayer.

  7. Aww, what a sweet post and what a pretty cake – so daintily decorated!

    Happy Birthday Melissa! Best wishes for blue skies and all things nice!

    Thank you. Old school butter cream icing, the guy’s standard cake decoration…but yes, very daintily done. Nice!

  8. What a lovely & sweet post by a loving, dotting father! Happy Birthday to Melissa!🎂
    Love the old-school decorated cake. 😀

    Thanks. Tasted great too – this guy’s cakes are really very nice, consistently good through the years.

  9. Happy Birthday to your girl- Melissa! and yea, being a teacher is not easy these days, multi-tasking and handling complaints from parents etc

    Thanks. Ya, at least in the rural school, she’s spared that last bit – the parents are not in the least bothered. Would be so stressful in the town with those doting parents breathing down your neck. Tsk! Tsk! 😦

  10. Blessed Birthday to her, Arthur… You and your wife have brought her up very well… Following your footsteps too!

    Thank you. Yes, she’s such a sweet, soft-spoken & simple girl…in spite of me! Muahahahahaha!!!!

  11. Happy Birthday Melissa!

    Wow..big and beautiful birthday cake, is it from Marcus, your favourite place?

    Thanks. Yes, Marcus no less…but my missus did not put in a request for the blue & white icing that I like a lot… 😦

    1. ooi..this is Melissa’s cake, not yours. This colour suit Melissa, more sweet and soft colour. Blue and white icing, wait till Dec! hahahhahahhahaha

      No, no, no…must call Marcus and tell him not to accept any order from your mum. 😀 This is nice too but my missus spoilt the flowers a bit, did not carry carefully and the top came down on the flowers. 😦

  12. many happy returns to melissa. this is a heartwarming post to read, about a father’s love, and it sounds like you did a great job raising a very good woman =)

    Thank you. I did my best…and praise the Lord she has turned out well.

  13. A very happy birthday to Melissa! What a wonderful occasion. God bless you all 🙂

    Thank you very much. It certainly was a nice celebration, part of an event that you will read about in a later post.

  14. ☀̤̣̈̇ ː̖́.[̲̅̅H̲̅][̲̅̅A̲̅][̲̅̅P̲̅][̲̅̅P̲̅][̲̅̅Y̲̅].ː̗̀.ː̗̀☀̤̣̈̇ː̖́.[̲̅̅B̲̅][̲̅̅I̲̅][̲̅̅R̲̅][̲̅̅T̲̅][̲̅̅H̲̅][̲̅̅D̲̅][̲̅̅A̲̅][̲̅̅Y̲̅].ː̗̀☀̤̣̈̇ː̖́. to Melissa.

    Thanks, James, for your special greeting… 😉

  15. Happy Birthday to Melissa, your daughter, can feel a daddy’s love for his daughter in this post. Kudos to her, hope she enjoys her teaching profession.

    Thansk. That’s exactly what I’m hoping too.

  16. Happy Belated Birthday to Melissa! Looks like she had a great one…

    p/s: love that song… always one of my favorite!

    Thanks. She certainly had, meant a lot to her to have so many loved ones in the family sharing her birthday joy with her.

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