With a trip planned and for the first time I’ll be away from my family in couple weeks time, I started preparing my girls towards the week without Mummy. So last night I asked if they will be ok if Mummy is away. And this was how it went…
M: Ayra will you be alright if Mummy is not at home for one week? One week is very long you know?
A: (thinks for a while and nodded)
M: Are you sure? Mummy won’t be here to put you to bed at night you know? And only Ayah will be home to look after you and Meimei.
M: Meimei will you be ok with Ayah without Mummy around?
Z: (blank stare)
M: You want to go stay with Ah Ma and Ah Gong? Or stay here with Ayah and Jiejie?
A: Meimei go stay with Ah Ma. I stay with Ayah alone.
M: Oh why? Won’t you miss Meimei too if she’s not here?
A: Nope. I can play my games on iPad. (Indirectly saying there won’t be anyone to snatch the iPad from her!)
M: … …
And then today after school, Ayra came home with this drawing she did.
Here’s her story as shared with Ayah.
“This is Ayra and Ah Yah at home. Mummy goes to work and Meimei is at Ah Ma house. When Mummy come back from work, Meimei will come back too.”
I was stunned like vegetables.
See you soon.
A World of Flavours