"Nadira, is it Ibu Anda or Mak Anda?" Nadim asked his sister.
"Ibunda lah... mana ada Ibu Anda or Mak Anda!" exclaimed Nadira.
"Or, Bonda" I heard someone said.
"Bonda? Hmm.. quite cool, huh?" said Nadim.
Then, I heard him calling out to me, "Bonda, sila kan masuk!" (I was just coming into the house after relaxing on the buaian depan rumah).
I smiled. I thought it was funny, but at the same time, it sounded quite nice.
"Why don't you call me Bonda?" I suggested. "I think it's nice, sounds very royal."
"Ya lah, very royal!" said Nadim.
So last night, that young man kept on calling me~ Bonda.
(Nadim used to call me Mummy, but recently, he changed it to Aunty Yati. I never asked why. Maybe he thought it's not cool anymore to call me Mummy now the he's somewhat "older" ~ turning 14 this Oct.)
Nadira wasn't very convinced. She thought it's a bit weird to call me "Bonda".
(She calls me Aunty Yati from Day 1).
Nabila ~ she gave no opinion on this.
(She used to call me Aunty Yati before, but since Mother's Day last year, she started calling me Mummy. I was so touched by her gesture.)
So now I have one child calling me Mummy, one ~ Aunty Yati, one ~ Bonda (but don't know how long this is gonna last..) and one ~ Mama.
The little one calls me Mama tho' I'm trying very hard to make him call me Mummy. I know he could say the word very clearly but he just refused to say "Mummy". If he could say "Daddy" and "Baby" very well, what makes you think he cannot say "Mummy", right?
But everytime I told him to repeat after me ~ "Mum..my", he would instead say, "Ma Ma !".
"Mum.. my!", "Ma Ma!"
Very stubborn, that boy... :)