Saturday, 8 October 2011

We're Blessed

Just been upstairs to give the spouse his bed-time mug of Milo and as I shut the bedroom door he said, "We're blessed".

Today's blessings came in the form of Lely and Oi Bek.
It had been a hectic morning sorting out the two workmen who were here to make cupboards and book shelves for the rooms upstairs.  The spouse had to be shunted from our bedroom to the guest room  and after taking him his breakfast upstairs I went down to the kitchen for my toast and coffee.

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.


Kama At-Tarawis said...

i teared a bit upon reading this.. they are absolute angels..

rohaya28 said...

Bless my two sistas for giving you and uncle a pleasant surprise and yourself a good break!
Kiss kiss to you both

BaitiBadarudin said...

Dear AsH,
It's really nice of 'em to come up all the way to cheer u guys up. I've been meaning to get to meet you in person but it'll be nice to know when it's convenient and it'll be good too if I can join a small group of well wishers.

anak si-hamid said...

Thank you Puteri Kama,

Old age is wonderful when such youngsters are around to keep you company.

anak si-hamid said...

Dear Roy,

Yes, it was such a wonderful surprise from your 'two sistas'.
But you're also from the same mould!
Love from Teech and the 4-legged Uncle.

Pasquale said...

I have just discovered all these songs after your every posting love it now it is my routine! A little Bit of Soap brought back a lot of memories of my school days as a brat at Maxwell School with my three very thick songbooks! Keep it coming eh!

anak si-hamid said...

Dear BaitiBadarudin,

Many thanks for thegood wishes. Indeed it would be a pleasure to meet you.

When the 4-legged man can discard his other two legs we can plan something. InsyaAllah we will be here until at least December.

anak si-hamid said...

Dear Brat from Maxwell School,

Thank you.
Am glad you enjoyed my selection of oldies.
It brings back a lot of happy and naughty memories.
Song book? I used to sit by the radio to take down the lyrics of my favourite songs. Remember 'Around The World"? and the word 'Rendezvous' which was pronounced as 'ron-day-voo'? That was a real killer!

mekyam said...

wow AsH, that was some teacher's perks! you evidently taught more than english, maam. ;D

but what a lovely lovely thing to do. bless the two sisters!

ph said...

Miss Hamid, it was our pleasure.

Cushion and i agreed that it was a good Saturday, a day well spent.

Wan Sharif said...

Alhamdulillah,, you were truly blessed.. I heard in the tazkirah the other day.. +- if you do not have to worry about your food for today.. you are truly blessed

anak si-hamid said...

You know mekyam,

Life gives us all sorts of twists and turns. Like everybody else, we encounter people who twist our hearts and trust.

But these two (and others too) have made up for all the bad turns.

We are blessed.

anak si-hamid said...

ph and Oi Bek,

Could you please come again next week? And we'd like to order mee rebus and rojak mamak from West Coast Food Centre.

No harm in trying eh?

anak si-hamid said...

Thank you Wan Sharif,

You are so right. People often ask for too much in life.

Food on the table is the greatest blessing of all.

BUT for those with sufficient food, please remember not to waste.

When we did not eat up all the rice on our plate my mother would say, "Nanti nasi 'tu menangis."