Here’s the person who makes me the HAPPIEST girl in the world. The person who gave me so much of her time, the person who was my playmate and best friend as I was a child. Here’s the person who I lovingly call my “愛人” which means, lover.
This person is none other than my Grandmama.
When I was younger, my family & I lived with my Grandma – We didn’t have our own place yet. When my parents were hard at work ( barely at home long enough to spend daylight with me) this amazing lady was my everything. The one who wakes up before 6am just to make me breakfast and tie my hair before kindergarten class. The one who heads to the market every morning to get the freshest ingredients to cook for me. The one who pats my bum and sings me to sleep every night without fail. The one who taught me to sing all the old chinese songs & taichi. The one who I was beside 24/7 and was my only playmate & best friend when I was a child.
When I overturned all my toys to the ground, she would be the one who picks them up & stacks them nicely into the basket of toys. When I pretended to cook with these toys, she would play along & “taste” all my “cooking”. When I stood in front of the fridge just to enjoy the “air- condition”, I remember her turning back from the cooking area and screaming at me to save electricity and close the fridge – Yes she threatened that she would “lock” it up if I didnt listen ( if there was such a thing). The wet market was my playground and I knew almost all the uncles & aunties working there – From the vegetable aunty to the uncle who sold pork. Grandma would take me around every day and we would spend hours there. I knew I was Grandma’s prized possession & I loved it.
single mom with no education – She worked multiple jobs from being a nanny, bus conductor, tailor and more just to bring my Mom & Uncle up. Not knowing who her parents were, I would spend nights beside her in bed listening to her stories on how she believed that she wasn’t loved by anyone. Despite all these, she struck me as the strongest and most independent person ever & I would love to be just like her.
Then, there came a time when I had to be overseas for 3 years. Thank God for SKYPE & I was able to spend her birthday with her every year without fail. Imagine a long-distance relationship with a lover, this was how much I missed my Grandma when I was away in Perth.
This was 2014 when she wore a dress for the FIRST TIME in 10 years & watched her first runway show – Supporting me at Blueprint Singapore this year. I was obviously over the moon.
I would say that my Grandma brought out the best in me – Making me passionate for the elderly & less fortunate. She showed me that a simple gesture like a smile, hug or short conversation could make such a difference and turn that usual frown into a smile. And made me realise how priceless and amazing it feels when you put a smile on someone else’s face ( Now friends, you know why I like to make you guys laugh so much).
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Blessed week ahead
Christabel is a lifestyle and beauty blogger in Singapore. This submission was first featured on her Instagram Page (http://instagram.com/bellywellyjelly) and on her blog (http://www.christabelchua.blogspot.sg/2014/06/to-my-favourite-person-in-this-world.html).