Cee has a couple of searching questions this week. Thinking about the answers to these questions, I realise that it is important that we know ourselves.
What is your earliest memory?
The first thing that comes to my mind when I think far back to the past are snapshots of myself and the people that were in my life at that time. Memories are hampered by the photographs we have looked at repeatedly, aren’t they? One true memory, which I know was never photographed, is when I was about 6 years old. I remember being at school in grade 1 and sitting alone in the huge concrete pipes that were in the school playground. Going to school was new to me (I stayed home with my mom until then), and so was making friends (I was used to playing with my sisters and cousins). I remember as well eating my lunch – a sandwich of white bread spread with mixed fruit jam. I remember eating many such sandwiches – so many that I cannot stomach eating mixed fruit jam on my bread to this day.
Which way does the toilet paper roll go? Over or under?
Definitely over! Whenever someone in my family places it the other way, I change it!
What makes you feel grounded?
What grounds me has depended on what stage of my life I am in. When we first moved to Toronto, it was my little family (husband and children) who kept me centred. Because of their love, I was able to move through painful homesickness and sadness. Right now, my family continue to ground me and they are a major reason for my day to day contentment. I take pride in seeing my children grow – not only physically but in other ways as well. I am happy to have married someone with whom I can still spend time after 19 years together. My family is the reason I do many of the things that I do.
What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?
Last Saturday, we decided to eat dinner at a restaurant instead of cooking at home. My husband chose a restaurant in Chinatown that he had previously enjoyed. The food was delicious! Now that my girls are older, we can eat more adventurously and no longer need to settle for plain dishes.
I smile when my husband says we should eat there more often. I think we will – but it may have to wait until Summer once the girls get too busy at school.
What would you answer to any of these questions?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018
(This post is linked to Cee’s Share Your World weekly challenge).