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Monday, July 12, 2010


In kindergarten, The Daughter was rather a puny thing. Skinny arms and legs... and a good half a head shorter than her classmates/playmates. Quite often, she would be holding a toy only to have it snatched from her by another more rambunctious kid. Then she would cry and run to me.

But in the playground downstairs, no one... but NO ONE dared to make her cry. Sebastian was there you see... and in addition to a definite soft spot for The Daughter, Sebastian was a good one head taller than the other kids. Whenever The Daughter yelled "Sebastian! Sebastian!" from wherever she was in the playground, he would appear, snatch her toy back and then disappear.

Like some sorta Spiderman you know.

Anyway, Sebastian's mother was well aware of her son's sweet spot for The Daughter. One fine day, the good woman freaked me out by proposing marriage in no uncertain terms on her son's 5th birthday. At the tender age of 4, The Daughter was named Mrs So&So's daughter-in-law at a party attended by most of the Aunties in the neighbourhood, and their kids. The party was beginning to look a whole lot like an engagement party.

I began to think that there was something psychologically amiss with the family. It's one thing to have the son stick up for The Daughter at the playground, and it's quite another to see The Daughter engulfed at so tender an age by the bonds and responsibilities of marriage.


I plastered on my widest smile and enacted the most gracious of manners, laughed and made small talk... and when it was polite to leave, we waved, smiled some more. The Daughter was never allowed to go to Sebastian's house ever again.


Fresh Fry aka 福星 said...

gosh. so spooky.

like u know, Beetlejuice? or Adams Family. kekeke.....=P

Blur Ting said...

LOL. Sooo many suitors!

petunialee said...

Fry - Yeah! Spooooooooky!

petunialee said...

Ting - There's more!

Malar said...

Wow, your daughter must be the centre of attraction since small!
So many admirer!

petunialee said...

Malar - Quite unfortunately, she quite lost those charms along the way. I see no line of suitors at present.

Open Kitchen Concept said...

Oh.. Petunia, that last comment was a dangerous one to make! For all your know, the suitors are queuing up all the way to Sentosa.. only the line starts at school and not from your place! :p

Ah.. is not easy to be a mother of a teenage girls. Our poor mothers!

petunialee said...

OKC - Nah! I been spying... no line. At least nothing long enough to make a line... Gee... if only she would wear dresses and skirts more often.