Celebrations for Mama and Babah
For Mother’s Day, Asna got my mother a plastic rose she got from her school’s bookstore (that place is like wonderland to her). For my mum’s birthday (next to Mother’s Day), Asna got her a vase full of plastic flowers from our from a store in our neighborhood. I offered to pay for real roses, but she declined. Plastic flowers are worth more in her mind, probably because they’re pink and glittery. She hasn’t given my mum a birthday card, though. She presented it to my mum a couple of nights ago.
“Mama, this is a card for your passing birthday”
She didn’t say Malaysian English’s PAS-SING. She said it with what’s left of her American accent, (imagine mat saleh kid, saying it) PES-SING.
We were dumbfounded. We kept on asking. She kept on repeating. Sampai marah.
“This is your PESSING birthday card!!!”
“PES tu ape?”
“What’s a PES-SING birthday??”
Then we got it. Passing. She meant it’s a late birthday card, past my mum’s birthday. In other words, she meant BELATED birthday.
“Asna, BELATED birthday lah!”
Days after I reminded her that Father’s Day is coming soon.
“Asna, Father’s Day is coming soon. What are you getting Babah?”
She came close to me and whispered…
Oh WTF -_-‘ It has to be something from the bookstore.
Asna’s future plan
Prior to her exams, I told her why she needs to study. Told her that good grades lead to a good school, a good university and an awesome job.
Eyes widened, excited.
“If I work I’ll get lots and lots of money and I can buy everything???”
“Yes, and if you don’t work you cannot survive”
“But I want to go to Monash University only when I am 59 years old”
“Asna, that’s too old”
“If I go to university when I’m 59 years old, Cikyong, will I have friends?”
“No, you’re already a grandma. Nobody wants to be friends with you”
Then she laughed and laughed. Pretty loyar buruk, this girl.
My disgusting siblings
“Ewww! You’re a DISGUSTING MAN!!!”
“Yes, I am!”
“Nyahman is the number ONE disgusting person in this house, right?”
Her eyes widened, she nodded in agreement and then came the answer I didn’t expect:
“Yeah, and I’m NUMBER TWO”
Oh WTF -_-‘