I live with my grandmother in Bentong, whereas my parents live and work in Kuala
Lumpur. They usually come home to see us once or twice a month. If they manage
to get away, it will be on the weekend, usually arriving very late on Friday
night. So, Saturday is my favorite day of the week for that is the day I get to
see my parents.
It is a joyful feeling just to know that my parents are in the house and
sleeping in their room. I know that my father will be very tired, after driving
all the way home after a demanding day at work. So, I keep very quiet, allowing
them to get all the rest they need. My mother usually wakes up first. "Where is
my big girl?" is her usual greeting, followed by warm hugs and kisses. I will
make her a cup of black coffee, just the way she likes it, and we will sit on
the balcony, sharing our experiences since we last met. This is my favorite part
of the day, pouring out my heart to my Mum, my closest confidante.
When my father finally wakes up, we go out for breakfast. It is usually dim
sum, my father's favorite breakfast food. This is a jolly family time. My
father's jokes never fail to make us roar with laughter. Sometimes, my
grandmother will tell my parents the news concerning our other relatives,
including their illnesses or the bad behavior. My father will comfort her and
try to encourage her to be patient and happy. When my grandmother gets into this
mood, I cringe inside because I wonder whether she will mention my misdeeds.
Fortunately, my parents are both understanding, and try to keep our breakfast a
My father has two sisters in Bentong, and we usually go to his elder sister's
house after breakfast. His younger sister's family will also drop over, if they
are free. While the older folk chat in the living room, we usually go out to the
orchard and relax under the trees. My aunt and grandmother will cook up a storm
in the kitchen. They are excellent cooks, and, somehow, we always find space in
our stomachs for the delicious food.
In the afternoon, we often go to the supermarket to buy the household
necessities. Then, sometimes, we go for a movie. We usually have dinner at the
stalls. Sometimes, our relatives will come along for dinner or the movies,
adding to the fun. Later, my father will look at my schoolwork. He will praise
me for my achievements, and correct me gently when he feels I have slacked.
Sometimes, when I face difficulties in my studies, such as Additional
Mathematics, or Physics, my father will explain the concepts to me. I look
forward to this time with him, as I want to do well for my own sake, as well as
to make my parents proud of me. When, we have finished, we just chat or watch
Actually, nothing very exciting happens on the Saturdays when my parents come
home. We do very ordinary things - eating, chatting, grocery - shopping, and
revising schoolwork. However, it is not the activities I look forward to but the
people I am doing them with. This is the time that I feel most secure and loved.
I know my parents will have to leave the next day. So, I treasure the time we