Saturday, December 17, 2005

Breaking out of the shell

A few days ago, a friend gave me a Christmas card and a gift -- a baby dinosaur figurine. He wrote some thoughtful words in the card and since libraries were mentioned, I decided to post an excerpt here:
I love books too. My fondest reading memories were from the Toa Payoh and AMK libraries, especially the latter. I used to stay in [---]. To reach AMK library, I will need to cross the road to the side where AMK MRT Station was. I would cross at the overhead bridge to AMK Park &... I was afraid of heights! These trips to the library not only helped to build up my knowledge, it also built up my courage to overcome my fear of heights.
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Knowledge and courage goes hand-in-hand. Like this present you are receiving. For me, it represents good ideas coming out of the shell, ideas natural & wholesome, & we have the responsibility to let them blossom & not become extinct! Hope you like it.

Yes, friend. Your gifts of symbol and words are much appreciated.

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