that’s about the size

Reflecting on the One Word Sunday: Size  challenge hosted by Debbie at TravelWithIntent, this song came to mind from my Sesame Street watching childhood.

That’s about the size, where you put your eyes, that’s about the size of it.

This past Sunday we celebrated Pentecost, an occasion which also marks the anniversary of my waking from a coma 2 years ago. A question I am asked often is, “Are you back to normal?”

Not a simple question to answer as I am not quite sure what “normal” is. Partly because I can’t remember how I was exactly before this incident. Partly because I have never been able to pinpoint what normality is.

But as this question comes from concerned friends and family, I reckon it warrants some reflection.

Here’s what I know:

  • my energy levels are limited and unpredictable; some days are more energetic than others. So, I try to get all the things I am yearning to do sorted early in the day: run/exercise, bake my loaf, practice my music, the things that tickle my fancy. And then, everything else is is a bonus! I am able to do this because of understanding family and friends who are used to me checking out early from social occasions and/or changing plans.
  • some memories are lost. This is not forgetfulness, although that also happens a great deal. I have been assured this is “normal” at my age. Regardless, there are things which I have absolutely no recall, even with cues and help from loved ones.

So, how do I feel about my current state of being? Just as the song suggests, it’s all about perspective. Where am I putting my eyes?

I am relishing the freedom to do the things that give me joy. There are still chores and errands, but those have ceased to govern my day. No one is going to expire because laundry wasn’t done, or the floor wasn’t mopped, or if leftovers were served. And I would like to think that because I now have the luxury of choice, I can be more life-giving to those around me (which was not always easy in the past, as I felt tugged in all directions): to be a better wife, mother, daughter, friend.

Again, I am grateful to those who continue to journey with me: for your encouragement, support & care. I feel very much blessed and loved. May you all have a healthful and reflective year ahead.

 

By Design

This mural carved from stone commemorates the opening of the Learning Forest area of the Singapore Botanic Gardens on 31 March 2017.

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The Learning Forest is designed to integrate with the existing 6-hectare Rain Forest to form an enlarged forest habitat. It features a network of boardwalks and elevated walkways that allow visitors to explore habitats ranging from a freshwater forest wetland to a lowland rainforest.

I enjoy running through this new extension of the Gardens and enjoy spotting these various creatures at the most surprising times.

This post is my contribution to Friendly Friday Photo: Design hosted this week by theSnowMeltsSomewhere.

The Changing Seasons: May 2019

May has been a month of much reduced  writing (in the wake of April’s month of Poetry Writing), lots of recreational baking (read: baked goods consuming). Also a great deal of marvelling & cheering my Dogged Dad on as he recuperates from his ICU ordeal.

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Ran past this Red Junglefowl one morning.

I think of him every time I see roosters – he loves all manner of birds and these particular creatures with their majestic airs remind me of the perseverance & tenacity with which he has pursued his rehabilitation.

Thank you all who have thought of and asked after him. I am happy to report that he is as fit as he was before the hospitalisation, and is now aiming to improve his breathing & fitness beyond that.

Even as I contemplate my 2nd reBirthday (I have decided to mark my reBirthdays on Pentecost, which falls on June 9 this year), I wonder if I learnt my resoluteness from him, perhaps if there is a gene for doggedness, maybe i inherited that from him. Regardless, I am grateful for another year to marvel at the awesome, to bask in the sunshine of friendships, to enjoy each day as it unfolds.

Here are some of the fruits of my baking:

 

Feature Photo: Robertson Bridge by night, captured during a night run.

This is my contribution to The Changing Seasons hosted by sublime Su at zimmerbitch.

Illumination

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”  Neil Gaimon, Coraline

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”
C.S. Lewis

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.”  Charles W. Eliot

What is your favourite book(s)? Is there one which has changed your world?

Feature Photo taken in the British Library, London, January 2019.

This is my contribution to Friendly Friday Photo Challenge: Illumination hosted this week by Amanda at SomethingToPonderAbout.