I am a teacher at a school in Singapore. I teach well and hope to see my students do well. When some students don’t rise up to my expected standards, I tell them the story of the Chinese bamboo tree.
Do you know how a Chinese Bamboo tree grows?
The process goes like this: You take a little seed of the bamboo tree, plant it, water it, and fertilize it for a whole year, and nothing happens. The second year you water it and fertilize it, and nothing happens. The third year you water it and fertilize it, and nothing happens. How discouraging this becomes! The fifth year you continue to water and fertilize the seed and then, sometime during the fifth year, the Chinese bamboo tree, sprouts and grows NINETY FEET IN SIX WEEKS.
Incredible or what?
Likewise I try and try and try to drill some sense into my students, but somehow I don’t seem to produce any results. My students, they just want to have fun. They can’t seem to concentrate on what should be a priority in that point of time.
However, it doesn’t stop me from wishing that one day… just maybe ONE DAY, my students would be like the bamboo trees and they will shoot up ninety feet in the air.
Not literally. But you know what I mean.
These boys mean a WHOLE lot to me, more than I can say. I have watched them grow from tiny little kids into strapping young lads. I hope with all my heart that eventually they will become fine young men, admired by many, many people.
Like a person who has planted Chinese Bamboo Trees, I hope and wait!
Written by : Raihana Majeed. Singapore.