The hardest part about writing for me is the introduction. And I find them rather difficult to craft because I am so obsessed about building the perfect hook and better yet, when the ending of my write up can tie back to the body of the very first paragraph! Usually, after some intense mind crunching session(s), I’d ease into my ‘writing zone’ rather swiftly. But today’s article is an exception- tell me, how can you even begin to describe your own mother?!
It’s 9AM in London now, so naturally (thanks to the 8 hour time difference), I’d wake up to the news of what has already happened in my household. My first notification for today? A photo of my family at a fancy dinner in conjunction with Mother’s Day Eve….but I wasn’t in it hahaha. And to be really honest with you, I don’t think things like ‘missing out on family events’ affects me so much anymore. I’ve had my fair share of missed out birthdays, significant celebrations like Father’s Day or Raya Haji over the last decade! So you can call me the always-not-around-family-stuffs virtuoso hahahaha! But in all seriousness tho, my experiences have aided the way I handle being away from home. And my best advice to you is focus on what you can control- like FaceTime or Skype with them from afar. Or perhaps more distinctly, write about them! I don’t remember what year exactly, but I do know that I had written a card for my mother that spelled out M.U.M with an adjective attached to each word, like an acronym. So let’s recreate that childhood memory today! Here goes:
Motherly in the subtlest way.
Contrary to the stereotypical portrayal of a mum, my mother doesn’t put a lot of physical affection to her kids out there. Of course, we do the hugs and Salaams on days we meet or depart but I can literally count the number of times she uttered I Love You to me in full sentence. Or held my hands. Or slept with me on the same bed. Or call me when I’m away- all that initiation is left for the kids to do first hahaha! Easier said, she doesn’t do all those physical affection often, especially to her bigger kids, so this have made her words and demeanour of when she actually does them, far more meaningful! It’s to the extent that I’d even beg her to kiss me sometimes hahaha. And we all love her for that!
Unique inside out!
Not a lot of people know this, but my mother was born Chinese but was given away to a Malay family at the mere age of 6. And the merge of two distinct cultures alone, that is portrayed by her physical appearance, is enough to show her uniqueness. But the underlying truth behind the complications she went through while we were all busy learning ABC’s at kindergarten at that age, is that she is the strongest person I know! And I guess all the hardship of learning her identity, among other things, must have moulded her uniqueness of character. And again, we all love her for that!
I don’t think this fancy word was used to describe the acronym M.U.M card that I did a as a child, but this word perfectly fits what she does best- giving. Not just emitting love or part of her wealth, but also her knowledge. She was the one who introduced vocabularies like ‘toner’, ‘make up’ or ‘protocol’, all for the right reasons to make sure that we can bring ourselves as a piece out there. No chewing with your mouth open, or don’t sleep without washing your face AKA in mum’s terms, she meant go do your skin routine before you hit the sack! And I guess that’s why she looks so youthful until today! Argh! And for all those times and things she can never give back, we’d like to thank her for that!
Happy Mother’s Day to my wonder mum- Mas Torah Naim, and to all mothers out there. You. Are. Amazing!
So what will you be giving your mother on mother’s day? Since I am like 87362091 miles away, the best gift, apart from a phone call, is obviously if i could surprise her in some form. So luckily this year, the team at Haagen Dazs made it come true! They knocked on our house door with a whole cake for my mother and she was very much excited! They tasted berry delicious too (pun intended)!
If you have yet to purchase anything for you mummy, be sure to head over to your nearest Haagen Dazs store! For the whole month of May, because of Mother’s day, you could get:
- 20% discount on their Blushing Heart Cake (the one they sent my mother)
- OR 25% off their Chocolate Soleil
I shall end this blogpost with some photos of the Blushing Heart Cake and its official launch party that took place yesterday! Let me know if you purchase them <3
Till next week! Stay Quirky, Fie <3