Nadai Nama Nama 2012

Goodbye 2012

Attending my parent's 44th Wedding Anniversary Ceremony at Gerija Methodist Iban Sibu

The year 2012 is coming to a close in a matter of hours. Nadai Nama Nama looks back at what it can put into record in 2012. There has not been much postings this year I must admit. It is not that I have stopped blogging in any way. Several factors have distracted me from what I like to do best. Its more on the personal side rather than work related. Mid 2011 was pretty gloomy as my dad fell sick. Finally December 2011 was cheery as we celebrated his birthday. He has slowly recovered in strength this year and I managed to feature him and my mum as NNN Heroes.

Cake cutting to mark his 73rd birthday

Yes, it has certainly been a tumultuous year. Well, every year is tumultuous but maybe in the score of ten, this year has been more challenging as we also join him in recovery. While settling in my new job posting in Kuching (from Sri Aman), my thoughts were constantly about home in Sibu and how my parents were coping. As always its not for me to worry. They have jumped more hurdles and overcame more challenges than me. Parents being parents they will always be ten steps ahead of their children. Surprisingly they already have a list on what is expected for 2013.......and I am still at the drawing board with mine.

Methodist Iban Church Anniversary Wedding ceremony 2012

So I would like to end this year's note about sacrifice especially those that have earned the title of being parents. Ideally it should be those with the title husband and wife but not neccesary. I attended the wedding anniversary ceremony organised by the Iban Methodist Sibu during Sunday mass and a representative from the celebrants spoke about what it means to be a parent in a family. It is not only about who withstood the test of time in being husband and wife but also family growth. Looking at the celebrants I could see the parent of parent (or grandparent) are still the pillars in the family. While we are struggling to take care of our own family, our parents were already there providing a home for us, our brothers, sisters, children, uncles, aunties and cousins. They have seen us through all our graduations, engagements, weddings, and many more. I have to salute all of them for I grew up with most of them and some took care of me when I was just a baby. Their children are my friends and most of them have done well and found success in their chosen fields.

Thus as the years pass on by, one will discover it is these shoes that need to be filled. When the time comes, you will have to assume that role of the strong pillar and hopefully with God's guidance we will have the strength and wisdom of our parents. If it is personal wealth and privileges that you pursue, know that it is only temporary. The message from Nadai Nama Nama in closing 2012 will be that the love of family is our hidden wealth which can withstand the test of time. Goodbye 2012 and God Bless.


Monyet King said…
Happy New Year, Desmond. I hope you have a great 2013.