Ben’s been quite captivated by the movie trailer of Ah Boys to Men playing at the DVD stores. He’s been fascinated with soldiers and guns since he was two, and has a group of friends at daycare who loves shooting with “rifles” and “pistols”.
Ben: Every man must go to the army?
Me: Yea. Someday, when you’re 19, you will go. And Nat too. Your father and grandfathers have all been trained in the army.
Ben: Gong gong is a soldier?
Me: Yes. He used to be.
Ben: And Dada?
Me: Yes. He still is one.
Ben: Huh? Why he teach and then he shoots?
Ben: What do the soldiers eat in the army camp? Is there a kitchen?
Me: Yes, there’s a cook house. The soldiers eat simple food. Maybe not very tasty food too.
Ben: Huh… Why?
Me: It’s not like they get Pastamania all the time. They’ve gotta eat quickly and do things quickly, no time to do fine dining.
Ben: Why must they do things quickly?
Fatherkao: That’s what soldiers do. They do things quick.
Ben: They need to do things quickly so they can shoot the bad guys?
Fatherkao: Yea, something like that.
Ben: How come there are bad guys in the army camp?
Ben: In the army, you must train very hard?
Me: Yes, like what you saw in the movie trailer. They do drills, practise shooting, sleep very little and run around a lot.
Ben: Is it very tiring?
Me: Of course.
Ben: And I will be away from you? You will cry when I go?
Me: Yes, I will cry when you and Nat go to the army.
Ben: Huh, then I don’t be a soldier anymore, ok. I’ll be an astronaut.