Today's blessings came in the form of Lely and Oi Bek.
Then I heard Salam Alaikum through the din of the workmen's drilling? Now who could that be at this time of morning?
I saw Lely with her face pressed against the French window and Oi Bek strolling in through the front door. You could have knocked me down with a feather!! Must admit I was a bit tearful when I saw them!
They had taken the 7.10 am flight from Singapore to give Unc and Teech a surprise visit - to cheer up Uncle and to take over the cooking and the tea-making and the washing up from Miss Hamid. And for all of Saturday, until they left for the airport at 7.30 pm they did just that - and lots more.
After a brief chit-chat to get over my shock, they prepared two trays. One with coffee and tea, the other with Lely's home-made tuna sandwiches and then proceeded upstairs to give Iain a happy shock. He was over the moon and their presence cheered him up no end. We had been feeling a bit blue and worn-out during this period of recuperation. Oi Bek and Lely brought the sunshine.
And we all sat around his bed eating up the curry puffs (from Lely), and downing mugs of tea. I also encouraged them to nag him to behave, to reduce his speed while jogging on the Zimmer frame and to always listen to 'she who must be obeyed'. I too got a dose of telling-off. I was ordered to sit down and do absolutely nothing. Oh what joy! Later, when the sky brought down a little deluge of rain and as the cool breeze blew into the room, it felt like our cup of joy had runneth over.
They left him to rest later in the afternoon while they sorted out the clutter in the kitchen. Lely bagged the rubbish and together they carried it to the bin outside. Oi Bek did a smashing job of the washing up ( and she gets 8 out of 10 for that performance) while Lely cooked the rice for the cats' dinner, scrubbed the top of the stove and all the other nitty-gritty jobs in the kitchen.
We had late tea of Oi Bek's apple pie and my custard, a must for the spouse whenever he has apple pie. Time flies when you're having fun and all too soon the taxi came to pick them up to get them to KLIA.
Oi Bek and Lely, how can we thank you? Words fail us. What did we do to deserve this loving and selfless concern? All I did was to have been your teacher for two years.
So thank you to our two angels. Loads of love and kisses and God bless you.