Wednesday, January 20, 2010

to our kids, with love.


daniel has a lovely ah-ma who took care of him when he was little. i've never met her as she passed on a couple years before we started dating. but she sounds like quite a character. 

she was very smart, gutsy and educated, spoke tagalog, mandarin and english fluently and moved to australia eventually so she could take care of daniel. she taught daniel how to appreciate good roses, made him drink milk everyday and tried her darnest to teach him mandarin. she also wrote beautiful poems (which daniel's mum will read during our wedding) and heaps of letters. daniel was obviously her favorite and the apple of her eye. the two of them have awesome stories and adventures together. but to her disappointment, daniel was not into stamp collecting.

while spring-cleaning this year, we tossed out almost everything that wouldn't fit into our nomadic lifestyle but couldn't bear to throw this out. addressed specifically to "daniel's kids" (read: plural), it was ah-ma's dream that one day, someone would treasure this stack of vintage stamps.. so we dusted it, took some pictures and tucked it away for safe-keeping. its afterall really not our gift to throw out.

somewhere out there, i hope ah-ma approves of me.

14 comments:

  1. :) aww, thats really sweet.
    well you have got her approval for keeping it thats for sure!
    hey not sure if i asked you this but, the chinese knots you got for your wedding invites. Just wondering where you got it from?

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  2. thanks babe..
    i got them from MY grandmother but i asked my mum (who crafted the invites for me..) she said zhen zhu ba sa has them in sets of (6)! she said its quite cheap.

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  3. thats really vintage!! keep them well!
    im sure ah-ma approves of you hunz!

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  4. its so sweet of her, especially now that emails are so much more common than letter writing... i love stamps, they bring back lovely memories... :)

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  5. if we ever had kids, im sure they'd appreciate something from their great-ah-ma.. :)

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  6. it is! i really appreciate hand written notes! we're trying to track down her vintage typewriter! i lurrrvee typewriters.

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  7. and thats the reasons why we can't live simply! we have way too much sentimental stuff stored up in the attic!

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  8. this is so touchingly sweet =)

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  9. i think that is absolutely special!! and why wouldn't ah ma approve of you deary? that is so precious I love it!!!

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  10. *shrugs* gosh!! i've a million things to tell you!! *hugs* these stampies are for keeps..

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  11. isn't it? even though we're terrified of babies, its kinda nice to think that someone else will be pouring over these treasures their great-grandma left them...

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  12. email me please!!! im would love to chat, not sure if you have skype or not if you do add me msmarini and if not...perhaps a good long email!!! i miss you xxx

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  13. my internet connection from phnom penh is soooo crap that i can't skype! :)
    but i'll drop you a lonnng email!!! :) :) i love you heeeeaps!!

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