Friday, 8 January 2010

Filial Piety

Mummy's been so unwell the past 2 days, fever with a splitting headache. It's been so tough on her. This is especially tedious when I'm waking up at 6am on most days! Goodness, is that the price to pay for sleeping too early? Poor Mummy! 
At least, she's feeling well today. It was a busy week for her, and today her department took a break from work by visiting an old folks home. It was heart-wrenching visit with 2 things on her mind:
1. Will her parents end up there?
2. Will she end up there? 
To her first question, she's affirmed to give a "NO". But to question 2? Hmm... she won't know. 
Back to the home visit, Mummy was so filled with emotions. Seeing old uncles and aunties dazing on their wheelchair with some bed ridden, she felt that life is so unpredictable, "you never know". For now, honour our parents! There was this particular auntie which left mummy a deep impression. She would always be holding onto a dolly very tightly. Nurses said it was like a 'granddaughter' to her, Mummy wonders why? It could be her past experience that deprived her of carrying her granddaughter or maybe waiting for a visit from her. Much stories within... 
Well, Mummy wants me to honour her, Daddy, Grandpa and Grandma! Or rather, she hopes for a filial me. Future is unknown, so pray and hope. Mummy's prepared to sow diligently into my life, yet managing her expectations on my returns. Having seen the aged folks on diapers, wailing like a baby, and always assisted, Mummy felt that it should be some pay back time by their children. But I guess it could really be choice-less for the families, things are always easier said than done. Staying fit and healthy is a bonus for you and your family! 
Oh, and they sang this song to the aged folks:
When I was just a little girl
I asked my mother, what will I be
Will I be pretty, will I be rich
Here's what she said to me
Que sera, sera
Whatever will be, will be.
The future's not ours, to see
Que sera sera
What will be, will be
When I was young, I fell in love
I asked my sweetheart what lies ahead
Will we have rainbows, day after day
Here's what my sweetheart said
Now I have children of my own
They asked their mother, what will I be
Will I be handsome, will I be rich
I tell them tenderly
Que sera, sera
Whatever will be, will be.
The future's not ours, to see
This song touched her, it felt like her life! The first part singing her childhood, the second part on dating with Daddy, and the final part of her being a mother! What a beautiful song.
And what a blessed trip to the old aged home since her last visit. Oh, and thank you auntie sha for coming to fetch me with Mummy, and for playing with me after the long tiring home visit.

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