Rest In Peace, Ah Ma Batnar
Ah-Ma as in ‘grandmother’, Batnar as in a place’s name – where she’s from.
Ah-Ma Batnar aka my paternal grandmother passed away on 19th Aug, Wednesday, aged 95.
That day, I was busy preparing for the 8.30am badminton tournament in UUM that I missed my mom’s call at 6.30am. The boys who are long-time tournament participants advised us to switch off our phone to avoid distraction. I didn’t read any messages until after I finished my miserable first single game.
After losing the first single game, I finally had the time to look at my phone and the first thing that came to my mind after I saw the message dad sent was:”Yikes~ What about the next game?”
At that moment, I wasn’t feeling sad or anything, instead, I felt troubled that I might not be able to play on the next game which was on Friday.
After settling everything, I went back home that night.
I still wasn’t feeling sad or anything even when I saw her in the coffin, but Wee Shirlyn creep the heck out of us though.
When I carried her up to let her see her great grandmother, she said (while looking at Ah-Ma in the coffin):”Ah-joh (as in great grandma in Hokkien) sleeps, shhhhhh be quiet…. She’s not waking up already, she went to see papa...”
Woah I did not expect that from a 3 year old especially she wasn’t even born yet when her father passed away.
Tino said, that night before, she said things like:”Ah-joh sleeps forever liao” and kept staring at this empty room during the prayer session the night before. Creepy~~~
The funeral went smoothly.
Ah-Ma, you have come to the final chapter of your life and you can finally close your book of life.
|CNY 2008 I think... Those days when she was still healthy and strong and chubby|
|2010 CNY reunion dinner|
|Great grandmother vs Great granddaughter|