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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

If you have nothing good to say ....

Yesterday someone remarked - you are a true journalist at heart. You have something fantastic to say about every single thing. I replied that I took all what he has to say about me!

But, I have nothing good to say today...

The car plate number dropped last night. This morning on the way to school, Rachel murmured at the back seat, “Mummy is using raining as an excuse.”

I heard it loud and clear and very, very irritated.

So, I said, “If you have nothing good to say, don’t say anything.”

Silence. Even chatty Chris did not say anything.

Stopped by a traffic police after dropping off the two children. I smiled (very cool!) and said, “I am going to get it fixed later.” The police smiled too. (a confession to make, pull out "My PressCard" instead of "MyCard", Hello, by mistake lah!)

Reached office at 6:50 am. Running the series of events in my thoughts. Realized that I have used “raining” as excuses three times within the last 24 hours.

I knew the plate was loosened yesterday afternoon. I thought of getting it fixed after work. It was running cats and dogs (raining elephants and tigers actually, borrowed from fishtail’s word bank) when I stepped out of the office at 5pm.

Rachel asked me to photocopy two books for her yesterday afternoon. I sent the books to the photocopy centre to pick up after office. It was raining and I was caught in a jam. Chris was at a classmate’s house doing a class project, and expected me to pick him up at 5 pm. So, I decided that I could pick up tomorrow. When she asked about her books at 6:30 pm, I told her about the rain ... The shop closed at 6 pm.

Rachel called me at 4:30 pm and talked sweetly whether I could buy the same chocolate bun that I bought on Sunday for her. I agreed. When I reached home at almost 6 pm, I told her it was raining I would go to the bakery shop later when I fetch her from tuition at 9 pm.

When I went at 8:30 pm to the bakery shop, the chocolate bun had all been sold out! I bought her a slice of cheese cake which she said, “Mummy’s cheese cake is much, much better.”

Rachel had her reasons to make that not-so-nice remarks!

Just as I felt sorry for letting the small irritations control my life, a colleague called me on the internal line. In her usual high-pitch voice, “Why you don’t have car plate at the back?” I answered, “It dropped off.” “Why? Are you going to fix it later?” Even higher-pitch. I was a little irritated, “Yes, later.”

Yes, I have to make a new plate today. I have to collect Rachel’s books. I have to buy the chocolate buns early. I have to say “sorry” to her. I have ….. many things to do. I have to travel early tomorrow...

And Oh, dear ... A major client is in town today. I am supposed to have dinner with them tonight, but I have to lead a Bible Study group ….

I really have nothing good to say today …..

I do have! God’s words....

For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and return not thither but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and prosper in the thing for which I sent it. For you shall go out in joy, and be led forth in peace...(Isa. 55:10-12).

It is God who has something good to say about every single thing. It's not me who is so fantastic. It's only by His Grace ....

5 comment(s):

Hi, Yan,

It's still something beautiful. Way to go, friend.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:03 pm  

hi yan:

it's alright to be on tenterhooks sometimes, and one of the pribvilleges of op a Blog is to rant soemetimes, or run-to most times.

what would you say when the Online-Casino keeps hitting your PC screen when you are running against time?

Better let out an X-...... than banging at the screen, yes? Or the PC screen will get hurt! :)
My thick-skinned hands!:(

Remember, Long silences not good for health!

By Blogger desiderata, at 2:13 pm  

Hi, Desi,

Thank you for that dose for health!

Yes, the on-line casino keeps on popping up on my PC too. Probably, when we all go to Sing-Land's casino, it will die a natural death. Right, joe? Joe of Sing-Land!

We (Chris, Rachel and mum) have a good laugh over the Pope and Ah Pek over lunch. That clears the gloomy sky.

Plate fixed. Want the 4-D number to try your luck? 8033 is the number. If you do invest and win, buy me a good dinner at Fu-Rong, not that Fu-Rong egg lah!


By Blogger Yan, at 2:24 pm  

Oh dear, sounded like you did have "one of those days." Many schoolkids here are less lucky; they take the schoolbuses and get less time to spent with mum, raining or otherwise.

By Blogger fishtail, at 10:09 am  


Yes, I do have one of those days. I am only human.

Thanks for the other message - that I am not a lousy mother.

Parents are people also, right? We are only human.


By Blogger Yan, at 12:01 am  

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