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Ten Things I’d like my unborn child(ren) to know


I come from a family who regard reading just one newspaper a day an affront to literacy. Granddad reads three, or four on weekdays and up to six on Sundays. My mother becomes irritable if her subscriptions are delivered after the crack of dawn. When I was a baby of just a few days old, my grandfather took it upon himself to read the newspaper to me, so says my uncle. It’s something of a family tradition this reading business. I get the headlines peppered to me all day on Twitter which allows me to sound well versed in the wiles of the world, but the reality is I’ve been reading less, less frequently.

I’m eagerly seeking a remedy to my ADDHD ways, starting with an attempt at regaining some semblance of my old self, especially that self’s concentration levels. I took up an old habit of reading the Sunday papers with Monday breakfast. I particularly enjoyed the Mother’s Day feature in the Sunday Times Lifestyle, seven writers shared tips we should all give our children before they enter the world.

I enjoyed it so much, I’ve decided to make a list of ten things I’d like my unborn child(ren) to know:

  1. Life is hard.
  2. Money is the root of all evil and should therefore be dispensed with liberally, preferably in the acquisition of material happiness.
  3. Happiness that is the result of material acquisition is transient.
  4. Travel as often and as far as your purse and legs can take you.
  5. Always be humble enough to learn. Your greatest lesson may be taught to you by a potato farmer in the deepest Free State.
  6. Do not compromise yourself in an attempt to be well liked. You will find people who like you as you are, no matter how dotty you are initially perceived.
  7. Political boundaries are to be challenged, not passively accepted.
  8. The apostrophe is not a plural marker.
  9. The greatest contentment you will feel is in prostration to your Creator.
  10. When you’re climbing your personal Everest, don’t look up and despair at how far off the summit is; look down to see how high you’ve already climbed.

Aasia, Waseem, Shafinaaz and Antonio – what would you impart to your unborn spawn?

29 replies on “Ten Things I’d like my unborn child(ren) to know”

>I love ur advice for ur unborn kiddies 🙂

Although instead of “life is hard” I would tell my unborn kid/kids that life is beautiful even though it has its ups and downs..

>Feels weird saying that a tag about our future offspring was so cool. Still is 😉

Nice one Kay.

>kay dahling.. i wonder if u realise wat u started!

read saals and latest one from azra! awesomeness of note!

>I have been called many things, but taggee… bleh! lol


how to pronounce that?

lol @ KiLLa… so nice of u to comply! (and u too, MJ)

>i have been tagged by one of your taggees?

Taggee sounds like Thuggee (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom reference)

>reading one newspaper a day is an affront to literacy. This line is one for the books


>lovely…No. 11 should be, seriously consider Island life 🙂

I agree with Irfaan, the love of money…

I’m all about no. 6: the Not compromising yourself.

I like my apostrophes 😀

>tsk tsk.. did u just ask me for school fees up front?! gosh! lol

ok fine. apple pie it is. cherry pie is for me and the hubster of course 😛

>Irfan is my official spokesperson, unofficial spindoctor. He says what I mean to say. Merci Irfan.

>Kimya, remember to teach the kids never to come to aunty k without apple pie, cherry pie would be cool too.

>omg iv been tagged ! horror of horrors! regards unbOrne spawn???

lol. erm. well theres just one, actually… hope over to aunty kay for some wisdoms and the world will be a better place to live in 🙂

ok seriously, i love number four. and the other’s follow close on heel. my own ten i cnt imagine very much further from that but theres also the essential: life is serious enough, dnt take it tooo seriously 😉

and if u really get me started, then ten is too tiny a number 🙁
i ramble, remember…tangents need time and space. sigh

>Abdul Sami, we await 😛

Aasia, 😉

Mash, You’re right. It’s flippancy that is encouraging of it to some extent. What I’m trying to say is it’s futile stockpiling…

>>> Money is the root of all evil and should therefore be dispensed with liberally, preferably in the acquisition of material happiness.

aren't you encouraging it there?

>not just the apostrophe but ellipses too!

and to the adorable little uns of mum K. Your mum has the heart of gold!

>that was cheeky ! lol

I’d have to think about that… !!!

But arryte… you have a tag !

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