Saturday, 25 July 2009

What a day.



I am writing this at about 1.30 this morning. Couldn't sleep. Why? Well, there must be a reason, right?

Well you see, my baby, the youngest one is to be engaged this evening. Yes, my little girl, my manja girl is to be engaged and InsyaAllah next year, she would be married.

It seems that it was only yesterday, she was still feeding from the bottle and today she is a big girl, ready to face the world on her own. It is both a happy and sad thing for me.

Happy because she is getting hitched to someone of her choice. She obviously loves him a lot and I like the boy too.

Sad because it won't be long before next year rears its head to take my baby away from me. I can't help it, I can't help thinking about it. Anyway, to her, I wish her all the happiness.

Now, for a twist to this story, yesterday at about 3.20pm I received a call from her sister. My blood almost drained when my eldest daughter said that my youngest met with an accident somewhere near the centre span of the Penang Bridge. My baby wasn't hurt but the car was badly smashed up. I was in class at that time. All I could think of was to go to her.

I immediately left the class and met the PK Petang who ordered me to go to my daughter immediately. To Mr. Tuan, thank you for being an understanding boss. Then I realised that the Pengetua was also in her office so it wouldn't be proper for me to leave without informing her. She too was as understanding as Mr. Tuan.

Soon I was out, and after refuelling my bike I decided to call my baby first to get first hand info from her. From her voice I knew she was in shock.. She passed the phone over to the other party and to the tauts present and soon, I had them towing the car back to Penang.

We met at a stop just after the bridge on the Island side and I was shocked to see the damage to the car. Thank you Allah for sparing my daughter.

At home she started to cry. I knew that she was holding back all this time and only decided to let go in the comfort of her family. She is still in shock. She did not get to see much of her favourite team's match against Seoul FC.

She is now asleep and from my desktop, I could see the hantarans (gifts for the boy) all laid out on the dining table ready for tomorrow. The happiness and sadness returns.

42 comments:

mike said...

Yeah, what a day. Take care, Cikgu and God bless.

tokasid said...

Che'gu:

Alhamdulillah anak dara you tarakpapa.

Tahniah atas pertunangan dia hari ini.And thanks for informing me a few days ago. InsyaALLAH bila kenuri nanti aku akan sampai utk basuh periok nasi.

aravind said...

Congrats bro on the engagement! Im sorry abt the accident but tk God everythings ok. Dont forget to invite for the wedding. I will surely be there....together with the jingbang if I can. Take care partner! God bless.

dolphin said...

Congratz to you and your family. wish all happiness to your lil girl~

Anonymous said...

Che'gu,
All will be well for the soul that has a kind heart. Congrats!

ahoo said...

All things work for good to those who love their God ! Thank God that she is save and sound. The joy of her seeing her independent and married eventually is part of life. Enjoy the moment and savor the time together. Looking forward to her marriage next year and do remember to extend an invitation to us. We will make a trip to the pearl of the orient from S'gor to celebrate with you and family your joyous moment.

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

cikgu,

whats important your daughter is safe and sound, we thank Allah for that. lets look forward to the engagement do because it is a day to be merry for your daughter.

p/s- if it'd make you feel better, later after the event get your son and son-in-law to grill the new guy good...hhehehehehe...

BravoEagleHotel said...

Hi Bro
Sorry to hear about the accident.
Thanks god she is ok .
Congrats on the pertunangan
At least MU won ...
Cheers

BravoEagleHotel said...

Hi Bro
Sorry to hear about the accident.
Thanks god she is ok .
Congrats on the pertunangan
At least MU won ...
Cheers

Anonymous said...

cikgu
salam. tahniah anak bongsu dara nak tunang petang nih... tolong bantu si lelaki nya supaya dapat nikah cepat, lebih baik.

cikgu kena take care always. hari dah ber umur, anything can happen... a bit of shock can cause cardiac arrest macam MJ.

relax and enjoy the sea breeze at nearby beach lah!

cakapaje said...

Salam,

Cikgu, Alhamdulillah she is a OK. A slight trauma, perhaps, but physically alright. Maybe its a sign for good tidings, insyAllah.

My best to her then, and her fiance.

bayi said...

Cikgu

Being a responsible father is never easy. The Chinese have a saying that once you are a father, you'll be one until the day you die. There is no optional abdication. And no party hopping... (maaflah, I can't help this jibe...:))

Anyway, thank God your daughter was safe and I would like to ucap tahniah to you on the happiness of your daughter.

zorro said...

Sir, congratulations. Comes a time when we have to let go. Our job as parents is to give them the best we can afford and when that is done it becomes somebody he/she chooses. I had to let Patrina go. I thought that I would enjoy her for at least two years after her graduation in Canada. But that too was not to be as she chose to be with Wayne in the Bahamas. I too liked Wayne and he is a good dad to my three grandsons. Congratulations to you and Mrs and also to the two young couple.

Anonymous said...

Salam cikgu,
Congrat cikgu dan thanks god anak you takde apa-apa. Soon depa akan kahwin and then you jadi grandpa and life goes on. Glad to know also you punya boss yang understanding dan tak soal banyak-banyak, bukan macam I punyai. Phew !! Bukan main ditanya dan kena bagi reason dan strong bukti. If not sorrylah. Itulah! nasib orang beza. Anyway you take care cikgu and all the best pada mereka dua itu. Pasal orang muda kita tak payah ambil tau banyak. They know best apa depa mau. Just my 2sen cikgu.

Hanief said...

Mungkin dia ada baca doa naik kenderaan. Boleh saya thau kereta jenama apa?

Mike said...

Alhamdulillah Ala Kulli Hal. As ShahCakapaje said, 'it's a sign of good tidings'.

Chegu, you have two Mikes commenting here. I'm the mamak Mike (short for IsMail Keling) ha..ha..

My friend too had a problem getting married. His mother was like so sad that another woman is taking him away.

I am sad because our public institutions have been derailed from their intended objectives.

Rosmah was/is sad too till she did'nt attend her daughter's wedding. Could you imagine the sadness? sob..sob..

romerz said...

Congratulations.

I know it is easier said than done but let go. Nature has this wonderful way of refreshing itself without considerations for the emotions that it built in us.

Emotions is our greatest failing without which I'm sure we would all be better people living in a better country and world but then where would be the fun and edge that makes us appreciate the short time we have on this world?

So much to do but so little time!

Take care Cikgu, if I may be allowed to call you this.

julian said...

thank god you daughter is safe be cool mate-----ini semua coobaan----hope i got the speeling of the last word right.
love visiting your blog---keep up the good work

acciaccatura said...

Alhamdulillah dan tahniah. Semoga titik permulaan untuk membina masjid ini akan selalu dishukuri, inshaAllah chegu.

Kata Tak Nak said...

Mike,
Obviously you are not the mamak mike. All's done, it was a hectic day. I am so tired. Thanx buddy.

Kata Tak Nak said...

Doc,
Terima kasih, semua dah selesai,very smooth, no complaints. Adakah aku nak suruh hang basoh periok pulak, mop lantai buleh la.

Kata Tak Nak said...

aravind,
You can be sure I would invite you and Imbaraj and you could also be sure that I demand you attend.

Kata Tak Nak said...

Dolphin,
Thank you so much.

Kata Tak Nak said...

anon 10:43,
Thank you.

Kata Tak Nak said...

ahoo,
I am sure to invite my reader's wherever they maybe for the wedding and I am not saying that out of courtesy. It's from the bottom of my heart.

Kata Tak Nak said...

kerp,
Actually the my son, son in law and also my future son in law are already quite close because they do meet often. We quite often go out for makans so no bullying here.

Kata Tak Nak said...

Bravo,
Just a few seconds ago I asked her if she saw the match and she saod her mind was off the radar completely last night. She is however happy coz her favourite player, Rooney, scored.

Kata Tak Nak said...

anon 12:05
Memang pun I live hardly a km from the sea so I am safe from heart attack.

Kata Tak Nak said...

Shah,
Thanx. She did admit that she was driving fast. Hopefully this be a lesson.

Kata Tak Nak said...

Bayi,
Of course, there would be no party hopping and her political inclination, heck the whole houses's political inclination is the same as mine.
Thanx for the wish.

Kata Tak Nak said...

Zorro,
Yes, I know. I left home myself and never really get to be with them anymore after that. Yes, that is life but I still don't like it. Unlike you, I am lucky in a way that after marriage they would live only about 10 minutes from home.

Kata Tak Nak said...

Hanief,
What else kalu bukan Proton Wira? Not that I am complaining but proton cars are simply too soft la.

Kata Tak Nak said...

romerz,
Thanx for the visit. yes, life has a life of it's own and nothing we could do to take it of it's chosen track. Letting go is not the easiest thing to do but, do it, I must.

Of course you could call me cikgu. I am comfortable with it. Hey from 1977 to now, I have had thousands of students calling me that.

Kata Tak Nak said...

Julian,
for the occasion, the spelling is just right.
Thanx for caring to comment.

Kata Tak Nak said...

accia,
Itu lah kehendak semua parent. Satu hari nanti you will find yourself the proud mother of a bride or a groom.

Kata Tak Nak said...

Mike,
So I have another Mike. I wonder how a mother could detach herself of all emotions and love.

D'ayo said...

Cikgu...
tahniah le... saya mungkin tak dapatlah rasa perassan tu (bukan pasal kereta anak berlanggar tu)... sebab anak-anak saya (2 orang je walaupun saya pakai konsep stop at 2 am)... sekolah lagi dan dia orang tu semua jantan... tahniah sekali lagi....

...apa no kereta, nak 'chai'kan no tu...

D'ayo said...

Cikgu...

Nak tambah sikit lagi... adalah masa tu, kita orang laki bini dengar lagu 'Butterfly Kisses', saya beritahu dia, I tak leh rasa macam dalam lagu tu... dia jawap - blah, blah, tak de rezeki, blah, blah, nasib baik ada anak, blah, blah, orang lain tak de anak langsung pulak, blah, blah (panjang jugaklah dia jawap)... pas tu saya tanya (saja nak bergurau), how about kalau I kahwin lagi satu.... dia tak jawap... saya tahu dah, kalau saya tambah lagi 'gurau bodoh' tu, 3rd world war lah kat rumah I tu...

imbaraj said...

i am very happy for you for 2 reasons 1) your manja's engagement 2) your manja is OK thank god.
We will there for the wedding - your demand is a command

LynMay said...

Congrats Sir, all the best and the worlds' happiness to your youngest daughter...

Cheers!

monsterball said...

What an ordeal you went through.
Seeing the car was badly damaged and your little one is safe...no one else...but Allah...saved her....because you are an excellent father.
I have such experiences with my two daughters too..near death and were saved....and I never stop thanking God.
To me..give me millions means nothing. My daughters are priceless......so is yours too.
To me....it is also goodness begets goodness......so never stop helping anyone...in whatever ways you can.
Being a teacher...it is most noble and with a purpose in life....study their weak points and guide them.....besides teaching.
Know them well. Get their trust.
They may have no parents to talk to for advises.....like we have.
Take care KTN.

JLim said...

Dear Che'gu..congrats !!!
and yes, children sometimes grow up too fast !

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