Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Holiest Thing Alive

Sometimes, it's embarrassing how much my Ma is still the same overprotective nag like she was when I was 12. 

Ten years ago: "Makan sayur banyak-banyak supaya kurang sikit jerawat ko"
Now: "Itulah ko tidak makan sayur. Tingu kulit ko banyak scar."

Ten years ago: "Ko sudah minum susu ka?" She forced Nespray on me
Now: "Ko sudah minum susu ka?" She forced Alpha Lipid on me.

Ten years ago: "Jangan lupa botol air ko atas meja" 
So I'm forgetful.
Now: "Mama suda kasi sedia botol air ko. Jangan lupa lagi macam kemarin" 
I was in my final year in college and I still forget my "botol air". Old habits die hard.

Ten years ago: It's always fried rice and hot milo for breakfast. It always took her ten minutes to wake me up for school.
Now: Toast bread and hot nescafe for breakfast. She knocks on my door "E-C,  pukul 5.30 sudah ni, bangun!"

She never let me, nor my little sister out of sight when we were little. I had to sulk for two days before she finally relented and let me go to my first camping trip. I don't have to ask for permission now but she still calls when I'm out - "mau hujan lebat ni" which is mum-speak for "be home early".

There was one time when I went to a friend's house to watch Titanic. It was 1998, I was 12 and Leonardo Di Caprio was a revelation. I didn't tell her because the friend's house is 2km away. She wouldn't allow me to walk on my own, you know, because bad guys are everywhere. That's what she told me every day. I decided that Titanic would be worth braving the threat of bad guys and..uh head hunters. She flipped out when she got home from school and I wasn't there. 

Later that night..... 
Relax ma, I said, I only went to a friend's house.
Ya, but I didn't know where you were and I was worried sick.Don't ever do that again..yada yada yada...

Last year, I went on a trip to Penang. By bus. From Shah Alam. It was a wonderful trip. On the journey back to Shah Alam from Penang, it was near midnight and we are still on the road. She called every hour, asking where I was, how much longer until we reach Shah Alam. I got annoyed. Ma, no need to freak out. The bus driver is driving slowly. It was near 3am when I got home at Shah Alam, Now I can sleep, she said. 
My dad called later in the afternoon, telling me that mum didn't sleep well last night worrying about me.  
Just, be careful ok, don't worry us so much, he said.  
Will do, pa.

I am 23 now. Mum still cooks me breakfast. Forces me to eat veg. Calls me when I'm out, reminding me to be safe. Get on my case if I skip breakfast or shop too much. Nag me to sort out the ever expanding stuff in my room, tell me to keep my long hair or tone down the junk food. 

Between 1998 and 2010, a lot of things happened. The highlight? - I grew up. But for some strange reason, Mum never got that memo. To her, I'll always be that little girl that cuddles up to her at night.

So I get it you know, I'll always be her little girl. Age is just a number anyway.
And I wouldn't it have it any other way.


 I love you :)


Anonymous said...

Awww this is sweet and teary-eyed. Happy birthday to you mum too babe!

We never gets old for them. And that's the one thing that we love about them :)

P/s the 'makan sayur' and 'minum susu' parts are laughter-inducing, yet priceless. Mum, mum. Hehe.

keainuren said...

Is that ur mum? wah! nampak muda lagi oo... mums, besa la ba tu... they worry all the time..

Wyne Ren @ Mauve Ocean Blue said...

OMG! Your mum is superb like you too...

Jessica Lyne said...

Elvie: yeay! thanks babe. I wrote this in a sappy, nostalgic mood..haha Mum-nagging is the best:D

Keainuren: People thinks we are sisters sometimes..which makes me feel really old :)

Wyne Ren: Thanks! She's the superb one, i'm getting there :)

keainuren said...

I know the feeling... hahaha... but fun ba ada young looking mum..

P.S said...

awww jess~
super sweet entry.

she looks so young! i guess u shudnt worry turning 45 then ;-)

P.S said...

"People thinks we are sisters sometimes..which makes me feel really old :) "

same here!
and i feel the same way too! =_="

Lizeewong said...

This is sweet :)

Your Ma looks young oh :)

Amanda Christine Wong said...

i bet those things ring a bell in every girl out there..especially the sayur thing! XD

btw, ur mum is one hot momma! :D

syam said...

Your mom really looks like a friend/sister..mcm adik bradik gia..kalo letak si audrey d sn..mmg mcm besties take a pic together :)

Every year I will reminisce how much we've changed and hw things are diff from before but one thing for sure..mummy will always be the same, forever and eternity :).

happy belated birthday auntie!

chegu carol said...

mom's the best!

happy birthday to your mummy!

Jessica Lyne said...

Pah: i like that part yg x payah risau turning 45..hehe. Gerenti awet muda kan :D

Lizee: Thanks:)

Manda: i swear all mums are programmed to force their children to eat sayur!

Syam: Mum is like a constant, like you said, the one who will always stay the same :)

CheguCarol: They are! ^_^