Sunday, April 21, 2013

Mum's the Word

I know it's too early for a Mothers' Day post despite doing sketches for 4 designs of Mothers' Day cards when I woke up this morning. But I've always wanted to write a post on my mother. In the past, I remember I used to write a lot about her in a negative light but as I grew older, I realize that everyone has their quirks and my mum is one of them because she is still a human being prone to make mistakes and has certain behaviour that are uniquely hers. 

Some of her habits do annoy me, I admit, and as much as I try to speak nicely to her, sometimes I unconsciously raise my voice out of annoyance because she can be too hyper emotional and keeps wanting assurance and whatever I said, she doesn't seem to listen if it's not what she wants to hear. I mean to me, it's a normal reaction if someone is annoying to that extreme but the thing is, she's my mum. I've got no right to raise my voice.

But let's not dwell on it. She obviously loves us even though she's not as affectionate as other parents...infact, both my parents are not affectionate. They don't kiss or hug or say I LOVE YOU but they show that they love and care through their own ways like preparing lunch for me when I go to school the last time and even now when I go to work because my mum knows I hate going to the canteen to buy food..heh. Plus, I'm a scrooge when it comes to buying food for myself. But still, I have to eat and basically I can survive on just eating bread for lunch and that's what she has been packing for me. Oh, including a piping hot bottle of tea and milo on Fridays.

See, aren't I pampered despite her many er..annoying quirks?

Still, if I think she's annoying when she tries her best to get my assurance, repeatedly, she must be more annoyed with me because I have my own quirks picking up dirty clothes and letting it gather before  I bring the whole lot to the back for washing. Oh, but it's not annoying as me  being calculative over buying of groceries and take away food and ESPECIALLY takeaway food because they're so expensive and a waste of money compared to home cooked food. Look, I would rather buy groceries than takeaway food. Please read my disclaimer on me being a scrooge when it comes to buying food in the above paragraph...haha.

So, do I have the right to be angry and annoyed at her? Perhaps I don't have the right but it's just a normal reaction. But it does cross the line if I let this behaviour continue or I don't stop myself right there and continue to raise my voice. Most of the time, I simmer down and just let her rant and seriously, you don't want to hear her rant. It's SUPER annoying because she will go on a repeat mode for like 10 to 15 min. If you're lucky.

Do other people's mums behave like this too? I know I should count myself lucky because she is trying her best to provide for us, not financially, but in giving us the necessary love and care just like any other loving mum. I am blessed :) (yeah..except her emotional mood swings and rants).

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