Tuesday, September 23, 2008
It's always been "pee" in our household (as opposed to "shee-shee" or "pee pee" or "kencing" - do excuse my lingo here for a minute). So, imagine my surprise when I heard him say as he walked hurriedly to the bathroom some 3 nites back "ohhh ... i really need to urinate now". "urinate" ... like seriously?? Even I don't use the word. It's good, yes, but wow ... I didn't see that coming.
And Baby Z will turn 7 months day after tomorrow. SEVEN months??! Explains her very lip-smacking ways when she sees us eat. I guess a bigger meal portion for her should be seen to now.
Monday, September 15, 2008
This is what she has, as per according to The Medical Dictionary:
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
now that i'm all of 30 years (ah yes, the big 3-0 greeted me nice and well on the 30th of last month), it's enlightening to see how even from the tender age of 7 to the not-so-tender-but-still-young-nevertheless age of 15, i had clearly seen 'housewife' as a job of sorts. an ambition and role noteworthy enough to be listed on such forms.
as it turns out, i obligingly met my list. the third option, no less, but that counts still to meeting my ambition, yes?
just a bit of background check here ... i did get myself into architecture school at uni, but having spent all of a semester there (that's right, shame on me!), i realised it wasn't really me after all. i could appreciate the field in itself, but i really couldn't see myself practicing it. i ended up graduating with a degree in Marketing Communications, something i had never thought i'd have an inkling towards, but as it turned out, was something i had a lot of passion for and considering (i wasn't your straight-As student in school), i did pretty well in uni with the degree. ok, but that wasn't my point. not quite at least.
see, the past few days, Big Z has been asking me lots. as per usual, i guess. lol ... but this time it's been on ambitions and one's job. this conversation took place between him and i (and my dad).
we were watching my er DVDs one night ...
Big Z : so what are they doing there now? is the kid gonna be alright? is he still going to feel the pain?
me : no ... if they look after him well enough and he takes his medicine, he'll be well again
Big Z : oh, ok then. so that's the doctor's job, right? the kid's gonna be well coz the doctor is helping him, right?
me : yup, that's right. when you're not well, you see a doctor and he'll make u feel better, but u must take the medicine he gives you. ... do you like watching this? you like er?
Big Z : yes! i like it. i like it coz i see the kid not well and then he's well again. .... i think i want to do this la, Mummy.
me : do what? be a doctor?
Big Z : yes. so i can make people feel better.
me : ahh .. good. that's nice, Zarif.
Big Z : oh, but wait, Mummy! ... doctors ... do they have a lot of money??
me : hahahaha .. yes ... they'll have money, yes.
Big Z : ok. i think i can be a doctor then.
at a later date, one night before going to bed ...
Big Z : hey Mummy ... what's Atok's job again?
me : ok ... what does Atok do? do you remember?
Big Z : yes! he built my house ... and his house ... and other houses too, right?
me : that's right. and offices and hotels and mosques too. he's an architect then .. he designs and builds buildings.
Big Z : whoa!! ... yes, architect. i forgot. ok ... what bout London? did he build London?
me : no ... (thinking by saying this i'd end conversation early ... how wrong i was!)
Big Z : what??!! he didn't?? .... awww Mummy ... you call Atok now, please. call! ask him why he didn't build London.
a quick sms to my dad relating this query from his grandson, my dad calls me up ...
Big Z : Atok ... why you didn't build London??!!
Atok : (in between laughs) i didn't build London .. but i DID design some buildings there .. some offices.
Big Z : whoaa!!! really?? ... hey Mummy .. he did laaaa!
me and Atok (on phone) : laughing at the enthusiasm that is the Big Z
Big Z : so did you build Thomasland too? in London?
Atok : no ... but i also designed some (buildings) in Maldives and Bangkok
Big Z : yea?? ... what land is Bangkok? is it Thomasland? (notice how Thomas is still his top priority in life! haha)
Atok : what land? Bangkok is Thai-land
me : (was containing my laugh at this point and my dad was already cracking up on the other end .. haha)
Big Z : heyyyy ... what land is that again?? (and then looks at me strangely, holding the phone away from his face a bit while giving me this look as if to say his granddad is mocking him ... haha)a short while later, he ended the call with my dad.
Big Z : so ... can architect have money?
me : yea ... they can. you want to be an architect then?
Big Z : hmm ... okaayyyy .. but, i also want to be a train driver so i can drive my own train. but Mummy ... i build the tracks and the buildings too, and then i drive the train.
me : (trying hard to just be supportive and not laugh at 5 year old son's innocent ways) ok sweetie ... you do that then. what bout being a doctor?
Big Z : aawww man! ... so many things i have to do now.
that's my son then. makes me wonder what else he thinks about in his busy head.
going back to my own list of ambitions/jobs ... i wonder if he'll end up as a train driver, an architect or a doctor. any of those, none of those, or if he had it his way (his 5 year old way, that is), all of the three! haha ... though let's be real here .. i'm not sure how to react if my child ends up telling me he really truly wants to be a train driver, and nothing else. oh.dear!