Thursday, December 17, 2009

.: Bygone lane :.


Every year my youngest uncle will prepare a family Eid photobook. Carefully selected photographs i.e. singular or family portraits, family gatherings, family houses, candid shots etc. adorn the pages. He started this tradition along with his personalized family Eid DVDs about 3 years ago in his attempt to create a keepsake for the family, and passing it on to future generations. 

On Eid Adha, he brought the photobook. My uncle is known to have a flair in capturing embarrassing images. Gritting my teeth, I flipped through the pages and squirmed at the photos. *it wasn't as bad as last years' ~pheww* 

The final leafs had old photos of unfamiliar faces. 

Mum :: As a city child, you are not exposed to the life of a kampung community. In those days, we regard our neighbors as our extended family. The concern then was sharing our happiness and sadness with each other, regardless whether you're a Malay, Chinese or Indian.
*Kampung = village

Mum is quite right. Life in the city, with its endless hustle and bustle leaves little importance in instilling neighborliness. 

Ask yourself ...
  • How many of us know the difficulties our neighbors go through?
  • How many of us know the names of every single member in our neighbors' family?
  • How many of us speak to our neighbors on a daily basis?

When I talk to my neighbors in KL, they will say; "I knew your grandparents / know your parents."

I hope there will come a day when their kids  will say the exact thing to me too.

Thursday morning.

8.18am Malaysian Time


Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

Jeanne-ming Brantingham said...

Your Mum is right! I have the same experience and it is why I yearn for the days on Wu Fung Road. I knew everyone on my lane, in fact I knew quite a lot about them.

Hajar Alwi said...

Anonymous :: Masha'Allah! Jazakkallahu khair for the kind words! I should say that perhaps the passages of time has made me a little wiser, thus I'm able to come out of my shell. Insha'Allah I'll keep on writing. Thanks again and I look forward to hearing more from you. :)

Jeanne-ming :: Absolutely! I too yearn for that time and I'm working towards it...