"Mum, I want a brother."
"OK, we will try our best "
Few years later:
"Mum, how about we just buy a baby?"
"In a smell shop."
It was not just Digital saying so, but he actually took me looking for this smell shop, whenever we go out shopping, or sightseeing somewhere. He sounded so sure that there was a smell shop just around a corner. We never found a smell shop though, but we brought home one awesome imaginary friend. His name was Kenny. They spent many hours talking with each other or just quietly playing together. It was actually much more livable than tears and heartbreak every time he said goodbye to any of his cousins, which during his early years he met up with them almost every weekend.
Years later I asked him, "Do you remember the smell shop?"
"You mean where we can buy babies.?
"Ya, I remember."
"Did you really believe there were smell shops?"
Very carefully he answered, "Mum, there was no smell shop, and I knew you were just humoring me when we went all over the place looking for it."
"Duuhhh.." And I gave him a hard wrestle.
Growing up with Malaysian family:
|With an older cousin, making paper art|
|At our family home with some of Digi's cousins - growing together crowd.|
Take note of the wriggling baby girl in purple in the arms of her older cousins (2006)
|With more cousins at a family get together|
|With the Hani's twins|
|When you meet you eat - with older cousins|
|Or go treasure hunting, with older cousins|
Missing family even before the road trip:
It was Digi main concern that he would be missing his cousins, aunts and uncles while away from Kuala Lumpur. And was he! He spent the first two nights off Paris stay crying. It was awesome walking Paris, meeting with the Thinker and dating with Mona Lisa, but the moment we were at the hotel, it was all tears again.
I asked him, "Why Digi."
"Because I won't be seeing them for the next six months."
Connecting with Europe:
|With Olivier and Sven (our EU connection), while back in Malaysia|