Spring has finally arrived in Blue bell, Pennsylvania.
It was a long wait through the bitter, slippery frozen winter. It started getting cold in October last year and till end March, we were all at its mercy. We were pretty much prisoned at home! It was so unsafe to walk because of the fear of slipping and hurting our back. Not to mention the fear of frostbite on my ears and nose! Sometimes, it will be so damn cold, the skin on my face hurt!! And the dry flaky skin on our entire body which itches maddeningly if you miss even one day of moisturizing... Oh man, I really loathe cold weather.
But all is forgiven because woohoo! Spring is here and the sun is out with a vengeance as if its trying to make up for lost time. We can all step out for our walks and runs and my girls can now visit the nearby playground to have a go at the swings.
But what I didn't expect to see was the beautiful cheery blossom trees in our country club. There is one tree right outside our front door and because we just moved into our present house last Sep and we didn't go thru last spring here, I had no idea it is a cherry blossom tree! It has just started to bloom and there are small white blossoms and buds on the entire tree. What a gorgeous sight.
I wake up every morning at the crack of dawn even when I don't have to wake up that early (on weekends) and enjoy the silence and calmness of the early morning while sipping a cup of hot tea while watching the sun rise behind the beautiful cherry blossom trees... simpler pleasures of life.
I am so proud to be a Singaporean. I can't help feeling a sense of deep pride when I see so many people queuing up to pay their final respects to Mr Lee Kuan Yew. The outpouring of emotions was unprecedented.
Our whole nation came together as 'one united people ' ( as in our pledge) to say farewell to our dear Mr Lee. Young and old, pregnant and the physically challenged, the volunteers, the soldiers in vigil inside the Parliament House, Home Team officers, SAF men and so many many more who have chipped in to help to say goodbye. Close to a million people had come to say farewell.
This is what Mr Lee wanted - a harmonious successful Singapore and this is what he sees before leaving this world.
Thank you and Farewell Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
You will live in our hearts forever.
Singapore will be hosting the State Funeral from 1230 onwards ( Singapore time) on Sunday 29th March. Even though it is Saturday midnight for us here in Pennsylvania, I hope to catch it.
[ I was up till 217am. My younger daughter Riya tried to last but by 12am, she was snoring next to me on the sofa!! I could hv and wanted to watch the whole funeral but my older daughter Ranya was keeping me company ( she said she didn't want me to be alone in case I cried while watching the service 😍) and she was so sleepy. Didn't hv the heart to see her yawning so much and trying her best to stay up late. Still I appreciate my girls attempting to pay their last respects to late Mr Lee Kuan Yew ]
My home is
usually in a mess and has dust settled on almost everything. But I believe laughter and love will win the day. In 20 years, my girls won't remember how messy the house was but will remember the time we spent together and the love they felt...