Joy had an clothing tantrum this morning, when she was asked to wear her kindergarten uniform to go to school.
She wanted to wear her Chinese New Year costume, because she saw Faith and Isaac wearing theirs to school, but her kindergarten told us today was still a regular uniform day for her.
"Why can't I wear my Chinese New Year princess clothes?" she wailed. "Jie Jie and Gor Gor wore theirs to school! Why can't I wear mine? I am a Chinese too, you know!"
You can't argue with cute logic like that. But we had to convince her to wear her regular uniform instead.
If only she feels as strongly about her Chinese roots when she does her homework. That same morning, I had to take a frustrated little girl through her Chinese homework. Anyone looking into our living room at the time would have wondered what kind of drama was going on, from the woeful tears flowing from Joy's four-year-old face, when all I was asking her to do was to write her Chinese name.
To be fair, it was my fault for giving her a really difficult-to-write Chinese name but what to do, she's got to learn how to write it.