Thursday, September 7, 2017

Feeling full

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Today, I ate too much for dinner. I’m feeling the kind of full that one really only experiences after a severe attack of gluttony, where your body actually aches from how much your stomach is stretching. But I’m an optimist and rather than dwell on my regrets, I like to think that with enough imagination, it almost feels like the aftermath of a really good ab workout.

Nausea? Check!

Pain? Check!

All that’s missing is a sense of accomplishment, but hey, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad!

I had Thai food for dinner with my mom and grandparents this evening which was wonderful. For the past few days, I’ve been battling a pretty bad flu and the sour-spicy flavours was just what the doctor ordered. Throw in a helping of mango sticky rice and I’m sure you understand how I came to find myself with late night reflux and a too-tight waistband.

Despite the wonderful food, the highlight of the dinner was being able to spend time with my grandparents. It’s been a while since I last saw them, and every time I do get to spend time with them, I am struck by how familial love is not based on the hours spent together or words exchanged. My friends know that I’m truly a banana - yellow on the outside and white on the inside. My Hokkien is basic at best and their English is almost non-existent, but with a lot of ooh and ahh-ing, we somehow get the point across. Coupled with the fact that my grandfather is almost completely deaf, it’s a wonder how we understand each other at all.

Over dinner, when my mom and I were rummaging through our bags to look for tissue paper, without a fuss, my grandpa pulled out a packet from his pocket and passed them to us. It’s the modern day handkerchief and my grandpa was well-equipped. Regardless of where we go for a meal, he hardly leaves the house in anything less than a polo tee and a pair of trousers. His back is ramrod straight and I’ve never seen him walk ahead without making sure that someone’s got an eye on my grandmother.

He is quite the gentleman and I’m lucky to know him. 

Though my stomach is full, my heart is too.


2 comments:

  1. Woaaah. This actually got updated. What a long hiatus you've been on.

    Get well soon

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    1. It sure has been a while! I'm looking forward to writing again though and thanks so much for checking back. :)

      And I am well now! Very pleased about it!

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