I have this buddy friend of 21 years. We grew up hanging out at each other's home. I know her grandmom and dad, mom, dad, sis, bro, aunts, uncles, cousins - the ENTIRE family!
When we were little (not that little but you get the drift), her grandma used to cook yummy food. But now she can't recognise or remember me anymore.
...her bro and sis used to call me "che-che". Now we slap each other's butt and say hello.
... I knew when her grandpa passed away. I was there when her dad passed away.
We have come a long way.
She got married and moved to a new house and she throws Christmas parties - every year except for one particular year in which we received an sms telling us the cancellation because her dad has passed away.
That was a devastating Christmas for all of us.
Fast forward to today.. it was the time of the year to go to her house for a makan session again.
I must say I am lucky to have known her family.
Her uncle walks in the room, and comes over and shakes my hand, and asks, "How are you?" genuinely.
Her auntie wipes Gooly's sweat away, takes every opportunity to pamper him with toffees and chocolates.
Her mom treats and praises Gooly like he is one of her grand sons.
Her brother cracks jokes at the dinner table making me feel merry.
Her sister talks to Gooly like he is the most interesting person she has ever met.
Oh..her dad... I remember the last Christmas, he held his handphone and recorded Gooly's antics. He smiled so much replaying those videos. His kindness and warmth I have witnessed for many years.
Basically everyone is extroardinary nice in her family. If she had a dog, I'm pretty sure it won't bite.
These people just have the ability to make others feel loved and acceptable...or just GOOD.. without even knowing or intentionally doing it.
It's in them. They are earth angels. Lol. Though they will never admit it. They will probably puke over this statement.
But really.. They are such gems.
Christmas Eve at her place is always a joy. I would like to spend it with her family for the many coming years.
And...I learned and yearn to render the same warmth and friendliness to my children's friends too.
Merry christmas, y'all..