Weeks before her real birthday Ling kept reminding us that her birthday is coming up next in September. She knows popo's birthday is in the month of August and following hers mama's will be in December. Ling's shyness melted when she agree to sing her own birthday song. For the first time she was asked what sort of birthday cake she wants and where she would like to have her birthday dinner celebrated. She chose a banana fruit cake which mama bought from Secret Recipe. For the dinner venue we reminded her she slept through when we celebrated her 3rd birthday last year at the brand new Silver Dragon Restaurant. Originally she chose SD for its decor but hours before the dinner she turned realistic. She told mama she doesn't want to risk sleeping through her birthday, again. She chose a Japanese restaurant instead for a change.
Ling turned 4 last Sunday and her birthday was a family affair as had been in previous occasions. In the months before this day Ling has grown up very fast though not physically since she has a smallish frame and a slow and choosy eater. She sings very well and is really caring to her baby brother Andrew who tend to be a bully even biting his big sister. Both of them enjoy each other very much. Sibling rivalry exist as expected but we try to let it resolve calmly and reprimanding Andrew if necessary. Now without a maid, Ling sometime doubles up as a baby sitter for popo when I am away. Ling seldom cry now and is a great house helper. We watch Ling develop into a sweet little girl with pride, joy and thanksgiving to God for this lovely gift. Over dinner we are teaching her to say grace and wherever convenient I bring her out on simple errands to teach her the real world she is growing up in.
Ling still manja which means seeks attention. We accommodate occasionally because this is her personality. We even joke that she should marry someone who treat her preciously. In our hearts we hate to see her childishness disappear and Ling turns into a serious minded person. Her impish and dimpled smile, her serious expressions whenever she conveys a serious remark, her love to sing and dance will forever imprint in our memory as she starts to grow older. Next year she will resume nursery class and 2 years later start school. These few carefree years will always be cherished in our hearts. Happy Birthday, Ling. We love you beyond words. Taking care of you made us young again.