Peter and Lily are my adorable elderly parents. Born and raised in Singapore and having lived through World War 2 they have many stories to tell. They migrated to Perth in the 70s and have been here since.
My dad, Peter is a retired primary school teacher and my mum Lily, a home maker. I’m often told by friends that my dad is like a sage, quiet and wise, always happy and smiling and not perturbed by life’s stresses. My strong childhood memories of my dad are his idioms that he would bestow on me in our car drive home to and from school. Idioms like “To err is human to forgive is divine” and the all time classic that most of you would know “Good better best, never let it rest, till your good is better and your better is best“. He lives by the mantra of taking one day at a time. Whilst my dad would read bedtime stories and fairy tales to me, my mum would tell me Chinese fables from her childhood, where there was always a moral to the story she told. Often these stories would be peppered with Confucianism, Buddhist and Taoist ideologies with a values teaching. I can honestly say that my upbringing has given me grounding and balance in my adult life and for that I am grateful.
I am blessed that I live in the same state as them (unlike my siblings who had to move away for work) which means my daily life has always involved my parents which includes being able to celebrate many special occasions together. And as they age it’s not only my duty as a daughter to look after them as they did me growing up but to create memories and moments of happiness for them in their day to day life.
They have always been there for me and now I am here for them as they get older.
Here I share with you their stories, my food adventures with them, outings I take them on, and amusing anecdotes of my life with them and the wisdom they share with me.
Some stories will be short, some will long but it’s my life with my parents and their life together that I share here.