Me & my girls
Many people say we look alike, the girls and me. Do we?
Nabila always claimed that she looks like me. Maybe a little bit ~ size wise and hair wise. But feature wise, no. She's so much prettier. She takes after her mother the most. At certain glances, she does resemble her late mum and that can be quite scary sometimes! Nadira ~ her hair is different. She has this beautiful curly locks which she derives from the Arab side of her mother's lineage. She gets compliments everywhere she goes and she likes it.
I suppose, once you are joined as a family, we tend to "look alike". Size lebih kurang, height pun lebih kurang... so when we take family photos, one can't help thinking that we do look alike.
When I first got married, I always found it hard to explain my status. Whenever I was out with the girls, the question that never failed me is this, "Ini anak you ke?" When I said, "Yes.." , they'd go, "Oh, dah besar nya!", and went quiet. I knew at the back of their mind, they were thinking, "Betul ke ni? Muka macam tak sama. Sorang rambut curly, sorang rambut wavy...", those kind of things.
Initially, I would feel very uncomfortable with the silence and would explain myself out quickly. "Oh, mak dia dah meninggal etc, etc...". Then the person asking would go, "Oh... I see..", but in their eyes, I knew they were saying, "Now, that explains it!"
But after a while, I changed my tactic. I'd play along with the game and leave them guessing what the situation really is. When they asked, "Ini anak you ke?", I'd answer, yes, and leave them with their imagination. Then they'd go, "Wah... muda lagi dah ada anak dara, ya?". I'd just smile and continued with my daily business.
Or, better still, they'd ask, "Ini ADIK you ke?" Hee.. hee... that'll make my day!
Until now, those who don't know me would be surprised to know that I have two grown up girls and one teenage boy at home. The other day in the lift, one of my colleagues was asking me, "Yati, you tak cuti ke? " I said, I dah cuti. Then he continued, "You mesti tak ada anak yang masuk sekolah, kan?" I said, "Ada. Form 3." "Haa? Form 3?" He was shocked. I senyum saja.
I'm sure right now, he's still wondering how old I was when I first got married. Kira lah... jangan tak kira!