30 June 2010, Wednesday
For ages, I've been dreaming and meaning to... Unfortunately, time was
not on my side.
Today, more than ever, I'm determined to start penning down my family's
delightful, heart-rending, poignant, moving, and inspirational stories,
stories which keep leaping out of my mind, stories which have enthralled
my kids, particularly, my daughter, Khairina Izzati.
Time and again, I have shared with my kids stories about my parents, how
hard a life they had gone through, how deprived and impoverished they
were. And Khairina had repeatedly cajoled me into writing a memoir, a
journal that could chronicle my family's inspirational and stirring
journey through an arduous, challenging and testing time in their lives.
The period where 5 cents meant the world to my eldest sister and 3
brothers, where every cent counted, and where 10 cents was all the
pocket money I received daily when I was in secondary school, right up
to Secondary 4. Today, RM10 pocket money is the norm in some families.
The period where my sister and brothers had to sell kueh (Malay cakes)
from door-to-door just to buy their school necessities, where watching
movies at the cinema was a REAL LUXURY, and where eating broth (bubur)
with salted fish was almost a daily occurrence in their lives.
I have also repeatedly told my English students the same story to
inspire them. What my parents lacked financially, they made it up with
their foresight and their grit and determination. They persevered.
They raised eight kids with barely enough to sustain everyone. They
schooled us and made sure we had good education, that was the only
property they bequethed to us.
And, with Allah's blessings, all the 8 kids have gone on to be very
successful in their lives, all 8 of us. All with their own success
stories. To Mak, Ayah, we, your 8 kids would be eternally grateful.
Today, I will embark on a literary journey. Today, I will unfold the
lives behind the curtains of Allahyarham Wan Mahmood and Allahyarhamah
Norhasimah, the truly special and proud parents of Allahyarham Wan
Yusoff, Allahyarham Wan Mohammed Fisol, Wan Arfah, Wan Mohammed Fusil,
Wan Ishak, Wan Mohammed Elias, Wan Mohamed Saleh, Wan Sallehah, Wan
Sofiah, Allahyarham Wan Mohammed Zakery and Wan NorZakirah.
Today my exciting voyage begins.