Friday, 4 March 2011

Lely - The Fish That Swims Upstream

HAPPY  BIRTHDAY!

Mak Nyonya - a Pisces - lives the life of the other fish: the one that swims upstream, the one that had to negotiate the boulders, the strong currents and the rapids just to keep body and soul together.

Despite the trials and tribulations she never lost hope and  maintained a loving joy for life and all of  Allah's  blessings.

She found room in her heart for the little people 

and tall people


and even strict schoolmarms.

Her greatest happiness, I do believe, is to lose herself in the world of nature and "all its creatures great and small".
Look for the little red blob

However, she has an irrepressible and cheeky sense of fun too.  More often than not I get dragged in as well and that should warrant detention class for both Teech and pupil.

Two  MANipulators
Fishes have to eat too, even if  the food is captured in tins and  tubs.


But she can also cook a mean asam pedas.  She's not just a pretty face.


AND SO DEAR GIRL  -  MANY HAPPY RETURNS.

HERE'S TO MORE WONDERFUL JOURNEYS IN YOUR LIFE!




POST  SCRIPT :  Just before I finished this posting I received a call from Singapore.  Lely's much-loved grandmother, after a long illness, passed away peacefully.  All things must pass, Lely. Granny's gone for  'a good rest', like you told her to - your last comforting words to her.

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INVICTUS  (Latin for UNCONQUERABLE)  - by William Ernest Henley (1849-1903)

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find me, unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.










9 comments:

Wan Sharif said...

Interesting duo.. pupil and her strict schoolmarms,
Take care...

Anonymous said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND HOPE YOU GET SOME GOOD PHOTO-SHOTS !!

MANA

bru said...

Happy birthday L E L Y!!!

anak si-hamid said...

Thank you Wan Sharif,

Her strict schoolmarm still bosses poor Lely.

anak si-hamid said...

Just hope she will be as lucky as you in getting good shots!

Like all the wanderings you get up to.

Thank you MANA.

anak si-hamid said...

Bru,

Thank you. When is your turn???

Irene said...

AsH, you have a way with choosing songs, and this one is no exception with its beautiful images.

Yes, Lely's granny passed away on Lely's 50th birthday and we (Ruk and I) were at the "send-off" which I have come to be so familiar with.

Lely, your birthday will now not only be your day of birth but also a day of sweet remembrance of your dear granny.

anak si-hamid said...

Thank you, dear Irene.

"And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend."

H.W. Longfellow

ph said...

AsH, thank you very much for this posting.Thank you for all the phone calls during those months when Granny was ill, it meant a lot to me. And to Uncle too for his kind words.

Mana, thank you

Thanks Din.

Irene, you and the girls had been so wonderful to me - thank you very much.