“Fairies have to be one thing or the other, because being so small they, unfortunately, have room for one feeling only at a time.” – J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan.
I believe this quote embodies young children and describes perfectly the many reasons behind the wonderful (and not-so-wonderful) things they do. Inspired by this quote, this blog chronicles my perspectives of young children. But more important, it’s a way for me to reflect and share my experiences of motherhood.
Who am I?
I’m a Lost Boy. Although, I didn’t land in Neverland the adventures are still grand. At 23, I moved to China and lived in Beijing. I’ve had a fantastic journey as an expatriate, and I’ve encountered my fair share of challenges…
…I went from being a young and carefree woman with absolutely no responsibilities, to a motivated and ambitious wife, mother, Montessorian, and early childhood educator. In Beijing, I was a little business lady managing my cozy daycare facility in the hustle and bustle of downtown Beijing. I was also a student, organiser of children’s events, the facilitator of parent workshops, and a freelance education consultant.
Now I am living in Lima, Peru. I started a new adventure with the Wild One aka my daughter, and my husband. I am a work-at-home Mama (like everyone else in the world—minus essential workers—thanks, Covid). Making the most of being confined within the protocols of Lockdown, and teaching my Wild One through play-based, art and science explorations, and of course, the Montessori Method.
Life is often complicated, because the language barriers (I didn’t speak Mandarin, and I’m still learning Spanish), but it all makes for a fantastic, colourful life.
Who is my inspiration?
Wendy, of course! I often think of Wendy and how she adapted to her new life upon landing in Neverland and being asked to be the Lost Boys’ mother, “Of course, it’s frightfully fascinating, but you see I am only a little girl. I have no real experience.” Yet, despite her doubts, she literally flew, bravely into her new role, took a sword and swashbuckled her way to victory!
And so, I look forward to more challenges. I’ll just continue to wear my Wendy Hat and fly right in.