I was emotionally stirred when I came back to look at our 1st 3 months photos. I saw the talentime dance photos, and I saw one of the most beautiful pictures my eyes have ever seen. Our friends were in the perfect poses, each body responding to each other's movement - where there was a forward lean there was a backward slant. [We accommodated each other]. Steph was perched on Brynner's shoulder, and the whole dance group was elevated [We were at the height of our glory]. The glitter on the banner behind dazzled and came alive to surround them, drizzling down the stage [like bright tears of proud classmates as we cheered for the BEST DANCE GROUP]. It is the most spectacular thing I will ever have the fortune of seeing, and actually experiencing. Thanks so much to all of you who made it possible for the mundane to be made fantastical, for the then and past to be made immortal. I miss us all together. Sheng and Brynner and Cassie and Nat you continue to be part of A02 that has that special place in my heart. The class has been imprinted by your words, your thoughts, your deeds, I'll never forget how you showed me the meaning of unity and support. I love you all so much!
Now that our junior class is going through what we'd gone through, I'm so saddened. Remember, it was fortunate that most of us could stay together. We had successful appeals and most of us remained in A02. But even though we won that victory, what happened from there? Some of us say we've lost the A02 spirit. Is that true? Nowadays when we sing the A02 song, I'm so tired and I find it hard to believe that the A02 we're singing about is but a distant memory. Are we singing about US? And I can't sing the song anymore, because if I do it's just a lie. I can't find that unity and 'always stay together' motto anymore!! Ruth also thinks we're becoming scattered. Why don't we sit at the same table anymore? Will our physical separation cause the diffusion of our values and loyalty?
This is why I can't console 06A02. How can I tell them to fight when I'm in doubt of what they're fighting for? To fight to be like us? A half-spirited class left in the shadow of the past glamour of 1st 3 months triumph and enthusiasm?
But we HAVE succeeded in staying together. At least physically. And I think we should use that grace given to us, although now I really doubt we deserved it, to treasure what we've fought for, what we've actually WON, for our class, not just ourselves. We've won the battle, but our victory's not on the battlefield. Are we strong enough to make it back home?