I arrived 20 years ago on the morning of my dad’s 30th birthday.
l-r: My dad the birthday boy, ME the new baby, Mum, and my paternal grandma on the 16th of January 1987.
I really like this photo alot. It’s one of the very few photos that I have of my first day on Earth.
Every time my birthday comes around, I feel very weird and fidgety and keep trying to appreciate my last few hours of being Nth years old, or like today, my last 4 hours of being a nineteen year old.
I feel uneasy during my birthdays. I don’t know why.
But my dad turns 50 at the stroke of midnight! That must be a much bigger deal than turning twenty!
🙂 There’s so much I want to say to the other half of the pair who brought me into this world but I just don’t know where to begin.
It’s been a wonderful 20 years of which you have loved me and groomed into someone who has inherited almost all of your traits. The friendliness, the self depreciating humour, the cheekiness, the impatience, the reverse psychology skills, the forgiving nature, and the occasional tantrums, it’s all here in me today, dad. 🙂
I can only imagine what was going through your head when you saw me on the day of your birthday. I should think it must’ve been something special. Did you introduce me to your friends as your birthday present?
Throughout my childhood, YeaYea would always play the home video of my arrival from the hospital for me to see. The quality of the window was worse than Filem Negara’s and I remember there was a yellow tinge and the camera would take awhile to focus on my face.
You said to the camera, “Hi Pei Shan! We’re filming this video so that you can watch it when you’re older! We’ve just brought you back from the hospital today… see how sleepy you are!”
Mum was holding me and tapping me on my cheeks lightly, hoping that I would wake up. I was half asleep and I refused to open my eyes for the camera.
Then I gave a big yawn(a trait that hasn’t changed in the last 20 years!) and mum cooed some more.
“See how small your hands and feet are!” you said as you tapped my hands and feet which were bundled up in mittens.
The camera spanned on to the huge array of presents which I received from your friends and our family. Mum then showed the jewelry that I received.(Where are they? Hahaha).
Funny, how I can only remember the first part of the video. But it is something I treasure very much, thanks dad. It’s also funny that the only time you called me Pei Shan was in that home video. 😀
Thanks Dad for making my childhood such a beautiful one. From the late night robot dances(the one where you’d let me step on your feet and you’d pretend to be a robot) to the bedtime stories about Sleazy Willy The Chameleon Who Lived In A Cactus(I think the creators of SpongeBob SquarePants stole your idea, dad), its these memories that I can never forget. I still giggle about how you’d make the sound effects of Sleazy Willy getting pricked by the cactus whenever he comes out of his home.
You’ve always been very proud of me in whatever I do, no matter how insignificant the achievement. Even when I took up the drums back in form1-4, you didn’t hesitate to let me know about your dreams of me becoming a pro drummer one day. Sorry dad, the people around me who were into jamming were only playing Metallica and the likes and I was only ever drumming along to the beats of the Backstreet Boys.
Likewise, I’m very proud of all your achievements (even though I can never understand half of them!). However, what I do know is that you’re a brilliant man. The one man who knows how to fix anything that could ever go wrong.
Sure, you were always the fiercer one but I still love you no matter how you tell me off and how you always manage to make me see the error of my ways. Hehe, but I still think I’m a very good girl compared to you when you were a naughty little boy who broke Mama’s claypot cover when you pretended to be a Kacang Putih seller by putting the cover on your head and danced around. Or how you sprayed Mama’s hairspray all over her room and made it sticky.
See! Maybe I’m naughty in the sense that I go out late at night(hehehe, do you really stand by the window to see me coming into the house way after midnight? I think you do!) but you know that I will always listen to you whenever you want me to improve myself. I’m still working on the chopsticks and am sorry for snapping back at you when I said, “So what if I don’t know how to hold the chopsticks properly? I’m a chinese who cannot speak chinese what.”
Hope you have a great birthday! I’ll get you your birthday present when i get back(hope I have enough cash to get you something nice) and I promise you that the quality of my gifts will improve when I start working as a dentist.(you’ll be getting your plasma tv sized computer LCD screen and BMW soon enough. Wait for awhile ya dad!)
I made my dad a card! It’ll arrive on the 18th I think. If he sees this entry, the surprise will be gone adi.
DAMNIT! I can’t believe I missed out “spend”. So stupid. 🙁
Even though it’s not my mother’s birthday, I think that she deserves some credit for my BIRTHday. Actually, alot of credit. Hehe.
I always find the story about the moments leading up to my birth very amusing. My mummy cried because she was afraid about the prospects of her first childbirth! Heheheh so cute!
Mum, remember how when I was 5, for the 1992 Ladybird Kindergarten concert, I sang a song called “I will Follow Him”?
I think the lyrics went like that,
“I will follow him, Follow him wherever he may go,
La la la la la la la la…la lala la laa la la la(oops i forgot the lyrics), he is my daddy dear!”
I remember singing a Mummy Dear version for you because I didn’t want you to feel left out. I’m so cute and lovable right. Hahaha.
Thanks Mum for all the years that you have been the patient one and the softer one. Hehehe. For all the hugs and kisses that you have been so generous with. I wish I can be as tolerant as you when I am a parent myself.. but as I grow older it seems more and more impossible for that to happen. I LOVE YOU MUM!
And lastly, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME ME ME ME!!
To all of you who didn’t buy me a birthday present or even a measely card, I DEMAND YOU TO WISH ME IN MY COMMENT BOX NOW! 😛
😀 Now I shall bathe and then continue studying.