COMMENT | I asked my mum the other day if she would be upset in case she was sent to a rumah orang tua (home for the elderly) in the future.
“Why would you want to send me away when I have my own home right here?” she frowned.
I smiled, trying to ease the instant tension on her face.
“It’s a hypothetical question, Ma,” I said.
“In that case, my answer was hypothetical too,” she answered flatly.
“What if you and Dad aren’t well and I can’t take care of you?” I asked again.
“We don’t need anyone to take care of us, thank you. We are capable of taking care of ourselves.” Once again, she frowned.
“These are just a series of hypothetical questions, Ma. No need to take it to heart, okay?” I assured her.
“Good. So are my answers,” she answered while busy peeling some onions.
“What if you both need assistance and we aren’t capable of being by your side 24/7?” I pressed further.
“Nothing will happen to us. We will be okay. Allah will take care of us,” Mum said. She wasn’t about to give up.
“Ma, if anything happens, rest assured that I will drop everything I am doing and be with both of you 24/7.
“But what if I cannot take care of both of you at home? What if we need special assistance from a healthcare centre or a special home?” I asked once again.
Mum stopped slicing her onions. Her eyes were watery.
“I am not crying. Don’t get any ideas,” she clarified.
I laughed as I handed her a tissue.
“No thank you, save the trees please,” she said as she wiped her eyes using her sleeves...