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<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/annegirl/441247579/" title="Photo Sharing"><img src="http://farm1.static.flickr.com/178/441247579_8bf7bcb89e_m.jpg" width="240" height="160" alt="Photo of kid on subway, New York City" class="img-right" /></a>Dear New York,
your children are beautiful. They're all bundled up to keep warm in the last few days of winter. Many of them are dressed in jackets that have seen more winters than they have. But they don't care; they snuggle up close to you, and they're happy.
They remind us of things we've forgotten: that it doesn't take too much to be happy. Designer clothes, dream jobs, lots of money. I fear that we've added these prerequisites to happiness on our children back in Singapore. Many of them carry schoolbags larger than themselves, have "structured" playtimes and participate in sports that their parents think will give them an edge, rather than games they enjoy.
I'm sure I'm stereotyping the Singaporean child here, and the many younger parents are making conscious moves to create some semblance of a childhood for their children.
Keep them warm.

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