Do you believe that for the last few days ,the tv was not on at all.The newspapers that pakli brought were not read saved for a few glances here and there.On normal days,I would read all the papers from page to page,the advertisements,the obituaries,the bankruptcy notices .I mean everything from the paper.
That was how busy I was.No time at all.Dead tired.
The two girls are back home for the weekend.Having children home from out of town,the mama in me would ever ready to cook their favourite dishes.
So the menu for berbuka puasa for the two days were:
Mee sup tumis darat kakchon style.
Gulai udang +++++
The weather tonight is hot and humid.Went to sleep at ten but woke up around 12 sweating all over.
Bila kepanasan dan kehumidan begini tentulah ada yang allergic dan sebagainya.And sebagai ibu tentulah tak sanggup melihat ada yang tergaru garu.
Hah,mai mama sapu ni.
So with the bottle of Listerine ,I patted the reddish glow on the skin.
Anak anak selalu gelakkan mama.The mama in me is always ready with home based remedy for the little ailments.LISTERINE for those gatal gatal kulit. The soothing effect of the liquid would make scratching and digging into the skin be minimised.
And one episode of me being the dukun still etched firmly in my memory.We were travelling when pakli developed those hiccups.
After a few agonising moments,I ripped one piece of the tissue paper and wet it with my lips. I stuck it to his temple and muttered my mantra:
We continued our journey home with pakli’s hiccup down and stopped at aten’s freind’s house to fetch her.Pakli got down of the car to meet the owner of the house.When he got back into the car.to his horror he discovered that the piece of tissue was still stuck on his forehead!
Adoi mak ,malu nya aku! pakli lamented.The owner of the house was a doctor!
Long ago when my youngest girl was a little girl,every all or missstep,would found her running to mummy.
Ma,hambus…Maa pooh , I would mutter a few nonsensical words and there she would be all right again.
Pooooh.. baik dah !
So could anybody challenge the role of mothers.
Bukan masak,basuh,guru tuition,money lender and supplier…tok bomoh pun boleh!
picture : http://www.tropenmuseum.nl/