Upon arrival at Changi airport, The Little One remarked, "Mummy, there are lots of people that look like Mark."
"That is true honey. Thats because we are in Singapore."
I suppose living most of her life in the middle east, she hasn't seen that many Chinese looking people in any one location. I wonder if Mark will be flattered that Amalina chose to identify him as quintessentially Singaporean.
Last night when we reached home, she declared. "Mama, sometimes when someone leaves me, I'm a little bit sad."
Even though I was trying to prepare for bedtime, I had to stop and give her a moment.
"Why are you sad?"
"Because uncle Ariffin left me so I'm sad. I want to call my daddy to tell him I am sad."
Ariffin is my youngest brother who had gone to the zoo with her yesterday. I guess she must have enjoyed his company a lot.
What does a mother say about these things? There are no manuals for me to refer to.
So I offered, "Darling, its OK to be sad sometimes. The important thing is to be brave when you are sad. And tomorrow we will get to see him again."
We visited a family in bereavement yesterday, and I tried to brief her on the way just to explain what she may be seeing.
"We are going to visit somebody who has just passed away," I told her.
"Did she passed away like your Mummy?" she asked.
"Yes and this lady was her friend."
How young or how old do you explain these things to a child?
It took me a long while to explain to her what passing away means.
My child, I understand that you are trying to figure out the small jigsaw pieces that we call life. I am glad that you are sharing your curiosity with me. All I pray for is the strength and wisdom such that I can be a good companion on this journey with you.