Saturday, 16 June 2007

Happy Father's Day!...




Guess what?

Today is a very special day...

It's Father's Day!


And since I am at home, I can celebrate the special day with my Dada...

Ok, so sue me...I still call him Dada after so many years, and having supposedly ahem, 'grown' up...But like everyone says: "You will always be daddy's little girl"...





You know how all snowflakes are special and pretty? Well, my dad is one very special snowflake in my life, and I'm going to share a little about the man whom I call Dada...


My dad, to many people, is like a mouse...He's quiet, shy and to many people who don't know him, he comes across as proud, simply because he won't talk and talk and talk to you...But everyone who knows him knows he is simply very quiet...

But that is only in the outside world, because we all know how naughty and cheeky and how much of a joker he is at home...


When I was young, my dad was my 'rocker'...My mum didn't want me getting attached to the bouncing-net and/or buaian, so it was dad and mum's arms...

My mum used to tell me how much a terrible sleeper I was, and how my dad would spent hours every night walking up-and-down the stairs, singing and rocking, just to put me to sleep...Sometimes, it would be 4 am, and he would still be trudging up-and-down the stairs, just so his precious pie would sleep...

And he would take turns with my mum to read me a story every night...


He called (still does...sometimes) me 'Kechik-poot', which translated literally, means 'small fart'...


My dad is not much of a showy person, but mum will always insist I'm the apple of his eye *Grins smugly*...

He doesn't have to say anything, I know *Wink*...


Like when I'm sick, and he'd drive out in the rain and buy me my yoghurt drink...

Like when I was stuck in the hospital (blame those stupid tonsils; badly infected tonsils meant being hooked to the IV-fluids and antibiotics, and having to use the bathroom very often), and it was his turn to sit with me, and he would be standing anxiously outside the bathroom, knocking every few seconds and asking "Ok ar you?"...Unlike my mum, he obviously could not go in with me!


Like when I first pierced my ears (I was 10), and for two weeks after, my dear Dada would wash my newly-pierced holes *Girl, sit still...* with Dettol-soaked cotton buds every night before I went to bed...

Like when I ask him for something (like money ;)), and he'd say: "I don't know you", grin, then give me 5 cents...


Like when he saw me lugging home my laptop every week from Penang, and he whispered to my mum: "I'm buying her another laptop. That one is still too heavy"...It didn't matter that my laptop was new, and was much lighter than most versions...He still was thinking of getting me a lighter one still...

Like when I lug my laundry home to Ipoh for washing in the machine (I'm allergic to detergent), and he'd say: "Don't lug it home. It's so heavy. Just send to the dhobi. More expensive, but less difficult for you"...

Like when he promised he'd get me a particular camera, but procrastinated too long, and the camera went out of stock in Ipoh, and he called me in Penang to tell me he'd drive down to fulfill his promise and buy it from there...We later found out it was out of stock there too! Mum said: "You spoil her!"





*Scandalised: Who else lar will spoil me?*


Like when he would make a detour of more than 30 km's just so I could see my precious Chee Keong, and he'd take a nap in the car while I did my coo-ing...


The things I could actually talk about, is endless...After all, every day with my dad is special...





So Dada dear, Here's wishing you: Happy Father's Day, and I Lub You!...

To my dear Ah Kong, may you rest in peace, here's an earthly posthumous Father's Day greeting to you...


To Blogger Daddy's: Zorro, Rocky, U.Lee, Mat Salo, The Razzler, Stand-Up Philosopher fathers of the rest of the world, here's a Father's Day Greeting to you too!



Note: Wanted to post a picture of my dad and me, but I have no idea how to configure the scanner...And I know he'd refuse to do it for me when he finds out I'm scanning his face for the world to see ;)...


17 comments:

J.T. said...

Truly... a daddy's little girl. No matter how old you get!

Please convey my sincerest Father's Day wish to your dada. And tell your mom I agree with her - he spoils you. :D

Lovely sharing.

Pi Bani said...

Dear Daphne the spoilt brat (spoilt by your father and then you joined Star's BRATS),

Now go treat your father to something expensive for father's day... and pay using the credit card he gave you... ;)

zorro said...

Thanks Daph. You ARE your dada's girl. How come your dada did not use the sarong and spring contraption. Aunty Zorro and I took it to Bahamas when Bernie was born. I rocked Patrina and Kevin to sleep that way, but most times I nodded off first and when the bouncing stopped and they gave sufficient vocal signals, I would wake up. Say hi to your dad. I took a digital shot of Sharifah Amani and her dad from NST today...a bit blurred but good effect....and posted Tuan Syed as my choice of Father of the Year,

Daphne Ling said...

Hey JT,

Yes, it is true...Daddy's little girls will always remain daddy's little girls...

Remember the song: Butterfly Kisses, by Bob Carlisle?

Love that song!

Daphne Ling said...

Kak Pi,
Ala, everyone also will be spoiled at some point lar...But just because we are spoiled (manja lar), doesn't make us useless brats, right (coincidence lar I went and joined BRATs)...Haha! Just kidding lar...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Uncle Zorro,
I have no idea why they opted against the sarong and string...Thought I would become addicted to it, maybe...Regards to Aunty Karen, Bernie, Patrina in Bahamas and Kevin in Bangkok...=) And oh, yes, Sharifah Amani's dad deserves the award!

J.T. said...

Hi Daphne

Yes... Butterfly Kisses by Bob Carlisle. Beautiful song. My eyes used to get moist and I get a lump in my throat listening to that song. (I think there is a part of the song that he sings about the daughter's wedding day).
One of my saddest moments - my dad did not get to walk me down the aisle. At least I got his brother, my godfather, to do the honours. He was the best substitute for a dad. :)

stand-up philosopher said...

When I read your take on your dada, I just had to sit back and reflect on it. I asked myself have I been even 10% of that to my kids. Truly I can do better than 10%. Its Father's Day and the only thing I can think of is how to be a role model to my kids. My mentor once said, 'For things to get better, you must get better'(Jim Rohn). Thanks for this reminder on Father's Day.

elviza said...

Little Sister,

You are lucky and blessed.

the Razzler said...

Dear Daphne ...

You're indeed fortunate & blessed to have such loving parents!! and they, too to have an Angel like you for their daughther.

Please say Hi!! to your Dada for me & to your Mum, too!!

Please wish your Dada `Happy Father's Day' for me!!

Anonymous said...

aiyaaa... you aaa.. make me cry la.. shame on you.. he he

Daphne Ling said...

Anon 4.55pm,
Don't lar banjir ;)...

Mat Salo said...

Hi Daphne..Yes! Finally able to accses this one!

Flattered, err.. thanks for including me in your father's day tribute. Damn, such a nice tribute to "Dada".. I hope down the line my only girl will also honor me with a tribute in her blog (When? She can't even say Dada yet.. Hahaha) Aah so lucky one, both you and your dad!

I think I nak emulate dia lah, perhaps he can pass me tips? *wink*

ummi said...

Hi Daphne,
I linked to your blog through Pi Bani's. I love your blog and your community work is just simply amazing.
I know this comment for Father's Day is pretty late, but just want to say, it's great that you have a great relationship with your Dad. My late Dad was quiet too, and we all failed to see that he was the gel that bind the family. And now that he is gone, I miss him every single moment of my life...
Anyways, will be checking in often :-).

Daphne Ling said...

Hi JT,
I cried when I heard that song too! Belated condolences for your dad. Im sure he would have been super proud of you!

Hi Tony,
I think everyone is a different kind of dad, and I'm sure you're a great one in your own way, no? Take care...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Elviza,
Yes, I am blessed and I am lucky!

Hi The Razzler,
I think God put me and my parents into the correct family...We're lucky to have one another!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Mat Salo,
I'm sure your daughter will write a father's day tribute to you on her blog one day...She's such a cute little thing: Now, just make sure you introduce her to blogging the minute she learns how to type! Kekeke...

Hi Ummi,
It's not too late...Never too late to wish fathers Happy Father's Day! Thanks for popping by, and Im sorry to hear about your dad...I'm sure he's somewhere smiling =) *Hugs*