Friday, May 13, 2005

Happiness is Packaged in the Form of a SOFEA

She is the sweetest, friendliest, talkative-est, funniest, most passionate, most stubborn determined and persistent, smartest and complex little girl I have ever met. Love her, and she will love you back a hundred times more. Hug her, and she will hug you back till you're forced to tell her to let go. Engage her in small talk, and you'll end up playing tea party with her. Make her a promise, and she'll make sure she'll do whatever it takes to get what she wants, when she wants it. Show her a bloody and swollen-lipped Aidiin, and she'll burst into tears.

She is Aidiin's favorite (fun) older-than-me person. His face would light up when she enters the room. He would burst into laughter when she sings, claps or laughs with/at him. He would grin gleefully at the mention of "Kakak" (Big Sister) and "Mana Kakak??" (Where's your Big Sister?) would make him look around the room searching for her.

She is Ayah's little girl. She'll refuse to go to sleep unless Ayah tucks her in and lies beside her until she falls asleep. Sometimes they end up falling asleep together, sharing one pillow some more. They have a love-hate-anger-love relationship, and they share a special bond that they probably do not even realize. I can see where she gets her stubborn-ness. I can see where she gets her inclination towards music and computers. I can see the him-ness in her.

She is Ibu's pride and joy. She never fails to make Ibu amused with her antics and wit. She drives Ibu crazy all the time, but she always turns to Ibu when she has a cut, scrape, bruise or mosquito bite. Or when she needs yu-yee oil to be rubbed on her tummy. Because she is alert and attentive, more often than not, Ibu trusts her with Aidiin more than Ibu trusts Ayah.

She is 4 years old today.

It was a bright, sunny Sunday morning, the day she was born. I remember seeing the sunlight reflected off the leaves of a tree branch near the delivery ward window while I waited for my obgyn to arrive... while I was enduring my contraction pains.

At exactly 11:58 AM May 13, 2001, she was brought into this world. Coincidently, that particular day was the 2nd Sunday in the month of May.

Nur Addina Sofea was my first ever Mother's Day gift.

Happy 4th Birthday, Kakak!!
Lots and lots and lots of love, hugs and kisses from Ibu, Ayah and Aidiin.

psst... Sayang, Ibu would like to apologize to you for the following:
- for not having/making the time to plan for your party at school.
- for not buying you your birthday gift (yet).
- for scolding you last night (although Ayah did most of the yelling) but you shouldn't have banged the bedroom door and thrown the green toy truck on the floor like that. It made a lot of noise and woke Aidiin up. And obviously, you are not allowed to break the "cannot watch DVDs and play computer games on school nights" rule, even if you did complete the 104-pieces puzzle all by yourself.

...and here are Ibu's corrective actions:
- already decided on a tentative date, and have some thoughts on the theme, party favors etc.
- already found you a perfect gift. Ibu has to 'special order' this, so you might receive it a bit late, but it's okay kan? It's the thought that counts.
- tonight (Friday) is not a school night (Yes, sebab esok Sat-tur-dayyy, esok cuti, Sayang) so you can play the Finding Nemo game as long as you want. AFTER we sing you your Happy Birthday song and cut your Happy Birthday cake ok?


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