Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The Birthday of a Princess

About twenty three years ago, my brother and I were puzzled and worried by the drastic change in mom. She was bedridden and in such a bad state that Dad had to do the cooking and on days when she felt a bit better she’d piggy-back on Dad’s back for a trip downstairs as she could hardly walk! Those too were the days when I started getting acquainted with the rice cooker, the measurement of water and rice so that we could still have rice for lunch and dinner while dad cooked his all special Chinese dishes since mom was too weak to even move a muscle.

Soon we were to understand the reason behind the acute nausea and various sicknesses that mom had. She had a baby in her tummy! And because the baby was giving mom such a bad time, my brother and I were already imagining the horrible things it would do to us! Which left us, brother and sister, quite unsure about the baby, especially as it had just been the two of us for 8 years in a row.

But it’s not like we had a say in things like this. Mom's tummy grew bigger and she soon was almost herself all over again. On January 10th, 1980-something (can’t remember the year, you do the math!) Dad rushed off to send mom to the hospital in the middle of the night. Early the next day, he came back with news that SHE had arrived and that we were to get ready to go to the hospital to meet our new baby sister.

It was a baby girl and we despite all our reservtions about her, we couldn't help but love the tiny pink creature we saw. Bro and I were given the honour of naming her. So we did and named her after Princess Diana who was always in the papers those days. Yes, the late Princess of Wales. And a princess, the pink little thing turned out to be indeed.

D has always been the center of attention and has always seeked for it. When she was three, she was already performing in front of us..shaking her tush about - OH-MY-GOD, daily. She always said "look at me. look at me!", "watch me, watch me do this!" as she twirled around in long flaring skirts that mom made for her, trying out new steps to dance with the song she was singing, holding an imaginary microphone. Her favourite song those days was...what was it? Jejaka Idaman? By Raja Ema? And anything out of the Sound of Music. She was so into the Sound of Music that she had memorised the entire dialogue from the movie, ALL the songs and even the little performance that the Von Trappe children did in the movie; which she forced us to watch her imitate and perform every other day, AND then clap for her! After a while, instead of calling dad, “Daddy” or “abah” like the other normal children in the house, she’d be about the house calling dad, “Father..father!”, just like how the Von Trappe children did in the movie. Thank God that died off after a while!

22 years later, she is still one who likes to be on centerstage. You’d find her performing in Melaka on various theatre shows. You give her a microphone, she’ll never let go, she loves singing. She is always in one performance or the other. At the same time, she claims to be serious in her studies, which, actually she is..and intends to be a super-duper-kick-ass business woman someday..It’s just that, she hasn’t decided actually what exactly she’ll be business-ing in just yet.

But D is serious and amazingly independent although we have pampered her all these years. There are days when I can’t help but marvel at her strength and determination to do what she wants; which can only be possible when one is as stubborn and hard headed as she is.

And yes, 22 years on, she is still the princess of the family. She claims that she is the unlucky one to have missed all that my brother and I had together in the 8 years that she wasn't around. But she doesn’t realize, that really, she is the lucky one, to actually have what we wouldn’t have dreamt of having AND getting away with when we were her age! But we’re the ones at fault, really. We spoil her rotten!

It was just yesterday that she turned 22. Apparently I was late for a really happening birthday song for her by our Pak Aji backed up by a choir of other aunts, uncles, and cousins, including tiny little baby Sofea, who sang it in two versions..One original and the other ala pop-yeh-yeh. It was so loud, I was told, everybody on our little Bukit could have heard it, instead of the takbir Raya! Of course, the little princess was mighty pleased with this; to be the center of attention again. But then, it's her birthday..so it's allowed.

Soon, I will be attending her graduation. My little sister who is still afraid (sampai nangis-nangis) of clowns will soon leave her little cocoon of friends at university and venture into the real world. Not long after, we’ll hear wedding bells ringing for her. Sighs.. But before that, let me tell you Adik, that life has been a lot sweeter and errr…spicier with you around. And although, abang and I don’t say it often and although we nag at you all the time, we actually do love you to bits and have you in our prayers everyday and wish that life will give all things beautiful, just for you.

Happy Birthday Princess D with all the love from my heart!
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Ps. By the way, she's single. LELONG! LELONG! hehehehe...

32 Comments:

Blogger Kak Teh said...

I echo that: Lelong! Lelong! and we must tell those interested as she has something permanently attached to one ear - its called the phone!

Happy birthday Kak D! Lots of love & hugs from Mak Teh

3:08 PM  
Blogger *concreterose* said...

anedra.. please convey my "HAPPY 22ND BDAY TO D *muahmuahs*" to her..

yes.. D is truly a gem, altho' i havent seen her for soo long. but i remember how cute she was when she visited us in UK dulu..

and having a phone permanently attached to one ear.. heheh.. sounds like me dulu.. till the ears get soo hot.. a tip for D, if one ear gets too hot, switch to the other ear ;-)

p/s: i stil got a bro to LELONG-LELONG!!

7:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

never knew that someone else called her D :)

Happy Birthday D!

nice entry ;)

10:39 PM  
Anonymous nohachomel said...

hi kak anedra,

firstly, Happy Birthday to D!

secondly, eeiii...bestnya jalan2..pastu makan2 lagi, seems u had a great time with ur family

eer..btw, byk borong?

1:21 AM  
Blogger anedra said...

kakteh: itu lah..sampai tak cukup satu telefon, kena ada dua!

concreterose: thanks! eh..I lelong my sis to you, you lelong yr bro. sounds like a good lelong deal to me! It's about time the families merge doncha think?

anon: thanks, she is called D at home, if not Adik.

noha: memang best jalan. Borong tu tak lah banyak..tapi adalah sikit-sikit. Mengancam jiwa betul sales kat sana! :)

2:58 AM  
Blogger faux diamante said...

eh eh it must have been a musim princess D at the time. My sister, Diana, whom I call Dena is also celebrating her 22nd bday in two days.Heh, what a coincidence!

3:28 AM  
Anonymous Apples@blogsome said...

Happy B-day to your lovely sister, Dena!

Oh by the way..you've been tagged from my new 'home' if you haven't noticed..:)

7:55 AM  
Blogger MA said...

LELONG ! LELONG !


Saploh DIRHAM ! * lelong ! *

DuaPLOH DIRHAM ! *lelong ! *

Hahaha...cannot help but teringat scene lelong 3 Abdul laaa....Sapa marah kena jual.

So sweet a rendition of a sister's love.

Happy Birthday, D !

3:57 PM  
Blogger OOD said...

siti norhaliza birthday 11th, she is also like royal!

If your sis were born just a day later, and share birthday with CT, aiyoh, she would have been royaler lah.

Happy Birthday O Sister of A

4:51 PM  
Blogger anedra said...

fauxdiamante: well, must be because princess diana was the in thing those days! so kalau takde idea those days bagi name diana je! macam mawi. sure tahun ni banyak babies dinamakan Mawi, ya dak?


apples: oh yes! I will be visiting you in no time! See ya dear!

Makandeh: Sape marah kena jual! hehehe! (to D: dengar tu..siapa marah kena JUAL! :) ) Love those old movies.

OODY: Siti Norhaliza is lucky that D wasn't born on the same day. Kalau tak hilang glamour Siti!

5:43 PM  
Blogger AuntyN said...

Happy Birthday to D.

I am a slow train now, selalu je terlepas date tu.

I have no single brother or anak lelaki to take up the Lelong hehehe. Just too bad....

10:31 PM  
Blogger MamiJarum said...

3 Days late... Hope that she had a wonderful Birthday and got what she wanted! She's so lucky to have great bro & sis like you two!!! :D

4:42 AM  
Blogger swan said...

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY TO PRINCESS DIANA. MAY GOD BLESS YOU WITH THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE..

ANEDRA, NICE ENTRY..

6:46 AM  
Blogger drbubbles said...

anedra,

i nak masuk tender boleh? tak larat buat long distance call to snowbell in london. heheheheh

6:00 PM  
Blogger Kak Teh said...

haaa, anedra, siapa Iskandar tu? Loyar? Magistret?? Badut??? Kalau tak ada RM1.03 billion jangan rapat!

7:16 PM  
Blogger anedra said...

auntyn: ehem...i do have a brother you know.. itupun boleh lelong jugak! :)

mamijarum: we're the lucky ones! Thanks.

Swan: Thanks! Btw, can u resend me yr blog address?

Iskandar :"My little sister who is still afraid (sampai nangis-nangis) of clowns..." CLOWNS. CLOWNS? Get it? Hahahaha! Cobalah tender, kalau berani nak mengadap KakTeh!

KakTeh: RM1.03billion?? Tak cukup..tak cukup..bayar phone bill pun tak lepas!

10:17 PM  
Blogger drbubbles said...

hahahaha. saya sudah tukar nama : DR Elie Oops! Iskandar.Kasi up sikit itu tender lelong. RM1.4 billion ok ke?

p.s: snowbell pun tak mahal mcm ni!

12:40 AM  
Blogger anedra said...

KakTeh, kita kaya! kita kaya!!

6:08 PM  
Blogger Kak Teh said...

anedra - check account dia dulu - nanti cheque getah - boleh bounce tinggi!

3:11 AM  
Blogger OOD said...

Human trade is illegal, you know or not O Merchant Anedra?

kak teh dah tak pakai unta as nominations lagi ka?

1:28 AM  
Blogger atenah said...

ooo the ladies in yr family suma comey2 noo

2:10 AM  
Blogger dr in the house said...

Both of you look so fair there must be chinese blood in both of you..yes?

7:00 AM  
Blogger anedra said...

kakteh: betul jugak tu!

ood: unta susah nak "park" kat London

kakten: comey ka?

doc: well, we do have a great grandmother on dad's side who was part chinese..but I'm the dark one in the family..tak puteh! sob..sob

9:24 PM  
Blogger Kak Teh said...

anedra and dont forget from tok wan's side pulak - we have burmese blood!

11:03 PM  
Blogger swan said...

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6:16 AM  
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6:28 AM  
Blogger AuntyN said...

Aiyooo, tak habis lelong lagi ka ni? :-)

No takers? Orang takut kut ? Macam orang dulu2 kata "anak dara Kedah mahai" Betui ka kak teh?

10:51 PM  
Blogger Queen Of The House said...

He he he, sampai hati depa lelong adik/anak menakan depa!!

Nak gelak besar bila Iskandar nak tukar nama Dr Elie ... memang Ooops! Big time ooops!

I tak ada adik nak lelong, nephews adalah ..... tapi kot depa takut kena tanggung phone bills pulak :)

11:48 PM  
Blogger anasalwa said...

anedra,
"Lelong!Lelong!"
That's what sisters are for.:))

2:09 AM  
Blogger LifeBloom said...

anedra

Had a browse through your blog - literary prowess runs in your family!!

I am sure she will treasure this entry!

9:01 PM  
Blogger anedra said...

auntyN: mahai ka? dak aiiihhh... sya hari tu, below market price! menyesal pulak! hehehe!

Queen: kalau dah susah sangat, tu yang kena lelong!

anasalwa: I couldn't agree with u more!

lifebloom: she said she liked it, but she really has no choice but to say it, eh? Thanks for the compliment, but I'm really far off compared to the rest of the family that I think u r referring to! But, thanks anyway!

6:50 AM  
Blogger Noni said...

alamak... somebody beat me to announcing siti nurhaliza's b'day being January 11th. My brother and a girlfriend pun were born on Jan 11th jugak... semua rejeki melimpah ruah...

But reading ur entry made me envious... i wish one of my sisters would write me something like this. It would make me the best birthday present ever. I have 5 elder sisters by the way.

Princess D is so lucky to be the youngest (like me...) to warm, loving siblings like you. Yang tak berapa lucky tu is she'd still be the youngest even when she's 80 and still boleh kena lelong dek kakak dia... (like me...)hehe.

Happy Belated b'day to Princess D and many happy returns.

Hope u and family are happy and healthy Anedra.

5:24 PM  

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