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16 July 2013

Serve Your Children

Recently, I heard from a dear friend who just got mar­ried. Let’s call her Karen. She’s stay­ing with her husband’s fam­ily for now, while await­ing for their new home. And as we were catch­ing up with her new life, Karen made an inter­est­ing com­ment, “Why do moth­ers bring up their sons to be served?”

Appar­ently, in her husband’s house­hold, Mum does every­thing. She pre­pares break­fast for the fam­ily, cleans the house, does the laun­dry etc. I guess that’s quite com­mon, if you have a mummy who is a home­maker. BUT, the issue came when Karen’s hus­band (plus his brother, plus the dad) will wait at the din­ing table for food. The women (that’s Mum, and Karen) have to serve the men their cof­fee, eggs, fish, chicken, noo­dles, rice, news­pa­per, slip­pers etc!!

She says, the cof­fee pot is on the table. But either Mum or me her­self has to pour the cof­fee out for the men. The kitchen is three steps away, but the men will just plonk them­selves at the table, while the women brought the food out from the kitchen.

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Having Children Close in Age

"You look as if you have been pregnant for 2 years!"

"Oh, you are pregnant... AGAIN?!?"

Those are some of the comments that I received in year 2009. Even my mother said that while she was surprised (驚喜), but she felt more worried (驚) more than happy (喜) when I told her that I was pregnant again. Pei Pei was only 5+ months old then.

Some of my friends asked me, "Is it very challenging?" While some commented that it would be good that the two kids grow up together. Well, I would say there are two sides of a coin.

What I Not So Enjoy #1
Juggling two under two was no joking matter. Feeding x 2, changing diaper x 2, screaming tantrums x 2, sleep disruption x 2.

When two were crying, and if I was alone, it was a tough decision on whose need was to be met first.

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