Just below the HDB block where I am living, there is a playground. There are the usual playground equipment for climbing and swinging, as well as kiddy rides.
As can be expected, many young children can be found playing there during the late afternoon when the weather is cooler.
I usually have to pass by this playground on the way to the neighbourhood market or food centre.
Yesterday, I was cycling to the market when I saw a little box on the ramp (arrowed):
It looked quite new. At first I thought it was a box of toothbrushes which someone had dropped. I took a closer look:
Alamak! The immediate thoughts that ran through my mind were: What was a pregnancy test kit doing near a children's playground? Could it have been used by an underaged but over-developed girl who also frequented the playground for other more innocuous games?
I looked around and found this thermometer-like thingy on the grass patch nearby:
I checked the results:
What a relief! She was not pregnant. However, she might not be so lucky next time.
But wait a minute! What if she was a married woman trying to get pregnant? If that is the case, I offer her my sincere apologies even though I am in no way responsible for the test results, whether positive or negative. Whatever the case, how could the user discard the used test kit so carelessly? What if an innocent child picks it up and thinking that it is a thermometer, puts it in his/her mouth? Yucks!!!
Stories about unwed teenage mums abound in Singapore. (Read one here.) In this age of the Internet, bored young girls can find attention in chatrooms where there are no shortage of predators.
So parents, please pay more attention to the games that your children play, lest they end up carrying the baby, literally.
Don't laugh, okay? It has happened here more than once before - the parents didn't know that their unwed daughter was pregnant even AFTER she had given birth!
On that solemn note, Happy New Year everyone!