The theme for this round 3 of the year is Identity. We need to know more about ourself, what make us who we are, our shape and gene. In our class, we also write a poem about ourself. We all got the same title for our poem, Where I’m From. It was inspired by George Ella Lyon. I really like this poem even though it is not really rhyme because it helps me to know more about myself. This is the one that I wrote.
I am from rice pot from the kitchen and pajamas, most comfortable things.
I am from the bright yellow wood
I am from the flower pots
The mango tree whose long gone limbs I remember as if they were my own.
I’m from read your book and take the spoon out of the plate from Vichea and Sonach
I’m from watching the TV and let’s do something and the rice cooking. I’m from the becoming the crocodile when laying down while eating and don’t sleep over other heads and កខគឃង
I’m from the ancestors praying.
I’m from Chhouk district and Cambodia’s roasted chickens and Khmer noodle
From secretly watching my grandma cooking ingredient, my smart mom and searching for clams on the beach.
Next to a small mountain, surrounded by other islands. I will never forget.
We all also got to write the meaning of our name. It is really cool to share people about what your name mean because sometimes, names doesn’t make any sense, but if we look into it very clearly, names have their own meaning. We just don’t know it and this is what I wrote.
In Khmer, my name means good life or good birth. This name is from Cambodia. My father gave this name to me when I was born recently after knowing that this name was a very well known name in Buddha history in Khmer version. I was bone in the year of the rooster and in Khmer, it is a very strong male giant. So, I always think and I am strong and it fits very well with my great name.
It was the name of a woman who is the first person to give food to Buddha when he had only skin covering his bone. Now this name is also mine. In Cambodia, a famous actress in Cambodia also gets the same name as me. Socheata Sveng. She gets to appear in many movies such as Phka Sropon(withered flower), First They Killed My Father and more. So, whenever I see her, I always say that she is me and I am on the TV and that makes me love my name even more.
On the first of my life at my new school, Liger Leadership Academy, my foreign teachers can’t pronounce my name very well. Some of them pronounce it like cheetah, jeeta, cheat-tah, but my name is pronounce like ji-a_ta. It sounds funny for myself when I hear them pronounce it, but I am not angry. It’s just a name. They can call me anything that makes them comfortable to say, unless, that name is inappropriate. Even now, the teacher that gave me this assignment can’t pronounce my name very well and that’s okay.
Besides the real name of me, I have a few nicknames too. At Kampot city, they called me Srey Pich which means diamond. At Chhouk district, they called me Tek which means water. At Koh Sdach island, they called me Poklok which means messy or fast like a baby who can’t stay still. I don’t mind if someone giving an appropriate nickname.
In my life, I never thought of changing my name even some people think that it’s funny because it has a fabulous meaning. Also, it is the name that my father gave to me. He always told me to use that name to make my family proud. I love my name because it has a fabulous meaning and it sounds lovely for myself when I say it.
Beside the thing above, we also divided ourself into four groups to read the same book with the theme of “Identity”. Those book are Wonder, Outsider, Looking For Alaska and Monster. Those are very great books. I and my group read Wonder. It’s the book about a boy whose face is not the same as everybody else and how his life was in school. We always do a discussion about the book that we read every week. In the discussion, everybody have their own role and we change our roles every week, so that we will get the same experience. Those roles are Summarizer, Visualizer, Inferencer, Symbolizer and Word Detector.
Thank You for reading this and don’t forget to read more book because it gives you many benefits. If you don’t believe me, read more than one book and you’ll know it.