It was a fine weekend. Instead of going outside, I had been dragged by my boys to work on the mounting board and cardboards which were donated by my office a few days earlier. (They were about to dispose them). They had been planning to build a house. I guess Azhan still remembers all the architectural models that I built during my varsity. Some of those architectural model is still standing strong till today.
He now wanted to build his own model. I asked him to draw the front facade of the house. Then we cut it and made a copy of it for the rear of the house. Later we measured the height of the wall and the length of the house. After the wall had been sticked together with the good old UHU glue, my son started to make the roof. At one end of the roof I intoduced my son to gutter and on the top of the roof pitch I made him the ridge. Not to forget the house chimney.
Azhan also made the custom-made glass window and door. He drew the frame of the door and put no.25 on the house. When all the boards had been put on together, it was time to plaster his model. I told my son to paint the model with white paint before he could apply some colour on it. As the model was painted white, Azhan started to dream of the final colour to add on his house model. He wanted to paint it red just like the red brick, blue for the glass window and a fancy yellow door.
In the end, he was very happy with the result of his first house model and looking forward to showing it to his friends in school. He was so excited and said, "Papa, I want to be a builder!" I was amazed to hear it and remembered how during our childhood we used to pick an ambition that we didn't really know of but we chose it out of our passion and interest.
THE RED HOUSE AND YELLOW DOOR
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