My grandma’s turning 80 this April 2004
We are going to throw a huge dinner anniversary
where all of our relative are coming over to celebrate
You should see how happy Grandma was when
we told her about her 80th birthday dinner.
One of her sons, who is my uncle is flying down
from New Zealand just to see her on her birthday!
You can tell she looks forward to April to
celebrate her 80th birthday party. It’s more
like a birthday dinner. :)
I’m telling you this because I want to share
with you about love for our old folks. Mum
or dad or grandma.
Here’s the story.
I visited grandma 2 weeks ago.
I’m happy she’s turning 80 this year. She’s a
Last night, I dreamt about grandma. That’s why
I had to write this article to share this insight with you.
I woke up and started to remember those sweet memories
I had with grandma when I was young. Grandma used to
take me down to town. I’m not from a rich family. So,
going down to town and supermarkets was something I
always looked forward to. During my time, shopping malls
did not exist yet at my place.
We used to take the bus to the town. Then, we’d walk
our way to the supermarkets!
Boy oh boy… that was fun.
I would head down straight to the toy department
when I got there. That was all I had in mind.
Toys. Action figures. GI Joe’s.
I was so happy when I was there. Especially looking at
all of those action figures that I just wished I had them
to play with (Children play computer games and Play
Stations nowadays. Those were the days of action figures).
My favourites were He-Man, GI Joe and ThunderCats.
And also, Transformers. Those toys of robots that can
transform into cars and trucks.
There was a toy called, ‘The Mask’, you may have heard of it
before. But, it was really expensive for me to buy.
I could just sit there all day looking at the toys.
I’m happy enough just to see them. Of course, deep in my
heart I always wanted to own them and play with my friends,
but I didn’t have money. I was young.
And I wouldn’t ask mummy or daddy to buy them either.
I know daddy worked very hard each day driving a
taxi to make a living for our family. Mum’s a housewife.
I love dad and mum.
So, obviously, buying a toy was not in my mind at that stage.
But with grandma, she would buy it for me.
I don’t know where she got money back then. But
I know when I went out with grandma, I would get to come
home with a toy. It didn’t matter whether it was expensive
or not, but I knew I’d not come home empty handed.
Or, I’d have the chance to eat at McDonald’s and take
home one of those Happy Meals toys.
Of course, I didn’t realize or ask myself, what did
grandma do when I spent hours at a time looking at the toys?
Actually, grandma didn’t care. She was just happy to
see her grandchild smiling away and happy going all
over those toys.
And yeah, I would get to eat junk food when I was
with grandma. :)
I love grandma with all my heart. I just don’t
know how to stress how much it is in this text
I would feel happy when I was with grandma.
Grandma was strong at that time when I was
only a little boy.
But last week when I visited grandma, I
realized one thing.
Age does catch up with humans.
Especially after over 10 years +.
Humans tend to get old.
That’s normal, I guess.
Grandma’s walk is slower nowadays.
She sleeps a lot too.
And when she speaks, she speaks really slowly.
She can’t take buses anymore. If she wants to walk
fast, someone has to hold her hand and walk with her.
Sometimes, she forgets things.
That’s part of life. People do grow old.
But missing the opportunity to be by the side of
someone who loves you dearly when she or he
grows old is one of the missed moments in life.
No time or money can ever replace that.
If you have a grandma, spend some time with her.
Because, time can pass so fast. You don’t feel time
passing when you are busy chasing your career
and dreams. Or chasing your dream car.
If you have a grandchild or children, spend time
with them. Do understand, they love you as much
as you love them. It’s just that sometimes, people
don’t realize time passes so fast until it’s too late.
End of the day, no matter how successful you
are, you’ll start to question what is success.
Would you believe me, true success is having the
ability to spend time with your loved ones
whenever you want?
Money is not success. It’s only a part of success.
But because of the materialistic world we are living in,
money has been placed as one of the main benchmarks
to be considered as success.
Which is not true.
Here’s the proof. I have money. But I can’t have the
loving moment I had with grandma 10 years ago.
Money is always important, but it doesn’t have
to be the benchmark of success.
It's just one of it.
Being loved, having love and giving love should
be the benchmark of success.
I think I’ll write a different article on the subject
of success on other days.
But somehow, my heart tells me to write about loving
someone who always loves you today.
If this article I have shared is mirrored in your life in any
way, don’t wait. Take action.