I was genuinely elated; I remember thinking: Wow, these piglets have grown! They put their PW skills to use and realised that a mix-tape would be a great gift for me because:
I like music,
Mix-tapes have symbolic value, in that they hearken back to an era that I often romanticise, and
Mix-tapes have artistic value, in that the choice of songs are not arbitrary but curated in order to achieve a certain effect on/send a certain message to the listener e.g. I’ve chosen these songs that I know you like because I want you to know I care, or I’ve chosen 12 of my favourite songs because I want to share my music with you (a deeply personal gesture, IMO).
Sadly, my happiness lasted for a while, because I soon found out that:
It wasn’t a mix-tape, but a video, and
ALL THE OTHER TEACHERS THAT TAUGHT 10A04 ALSO RECEIVED THE SAME VIDEO.
Wah lao eh! Felt somewhat cheated lor. LOL… Kidding, ya.
I really like the video; in fact, I like it so much that I want to share it with all of you here:
I’m so glad they came together to do this, not only because the video shows how much they’ve grown as a class, but also because receiving the gift has made me re-evaluate my ‘preferred present list’ – I’ve just included a section called ‘Digital Art’.
So thanks, kiddos, for all the love. I’m proud of all of you.