The first cries

The first cries

Newborn (Photo by Vidal Balielo Jr. on


moons of snuggling and swimming in the comfort of mum’s womb

suddenly, being yanked out into cold, cold, unfamiliar handlings!

scrunching up the little face, hands clenched, kicking lower limbs,

loud shrieks fill the room

I remember a horrified hawker’s cry many years ago,

“another girl? This will be my eighth girl! My mum- in-law will make my hubby divorce me!”

Otherwise, boy or girl, it’s usually a warm welcome

… for a newborn!


To let a daughter/son be a nurse

To let a daughter/son be a nurse

To be a nurse ? (Photo by Sam Lion on

Once, nursing was

synonymous with women.

But not anymore

Today there are male

as well as female nurses.


Once, they used

to wear caps.

But not anymore.

They used to say even ghosts

would make way for the cap

along hospital corridors at nights.


Once, they said

“are you letting your girl

go dress rotten (diabetic) leg sores”?

Not knowing, there are even bigger wounds to care for.


Today, parents may ask,

“are you letting your girl/ boy

be a nurse; a noble profession…

but, knowing the risks of COVID-19?”