My family and I had been busy attending to family invitation for the past few weeks. Not long after we return from our trip to Penang, we took our eldest, Azhan to a clinic and got him circumcised. We had to stay at my mom's for about a week before we could take Azhan home coz the clinic was close to my mom's. Alhamdulillah, Azhan has fully recovered within a week.
Recently, we went to my Gramp's place to fulfill his wish to gather all his relatives and introduce the new family members to others. Our journey back wasn't actually planned as a couple of days before the weekend, my hubby was busily engaged with his work. I had the assumption that we'd have to turn down my Gramp's wish. So, he was a lil' surprise to find us at his door last Saturday. Since returning from England, I always hope that I could entertain my big family's need as much as I could. Whilst staying farther from them, I learnt that money could never buy the time spend with my big extended family. I also learnt that family must always come first no matter what. Now that I'd returned, I'd like to spend as much time as possible with my only surviving Gramp. (Don't know why every time I speak of him, my eyes would easily fill with tears)
I'd say Gramp's "kenduri" was a success as he managed to gather most of his siblings and their children and grandchildren. He looked so please while he was introducing his grandchildren-in-law; my hubby and Hani's partner, and my "omputih" children. He even told them about his trip with Azhan to see his brother, where Azhan saw a talking bird (wasn't a parrot, just a local one. not sure what it was though). To be honest, I was touched to see my Gramp talked about his grandchildren and great-grandchildren with pride. You could clearly see how happy he was to be surrounded by his big family. My wish is to make my Gramp happy always. I know it hasn't been easy for him after losing his life partner but I bet being around other family members wouldn't only make him feel appreciated, looked up to but also satisfied of knowing that he'd done a fine job at bringing us all up.
I felt good to be around other family members again. I even met with some of whom I haven't seen since I left school. Most of them couldn't recognise me as I'd grown out of my child-like look and become a mother of two boys. Too bad I didn't have my camera with me to capture the moment spent with my extended family. Never mind that, I know for certain that I'll be seeing them again soon at my Tok Su's niece's wedding reception on Boxing Day.