Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tuesday Thoughts - Memoir from yesteryears?

I am not sure if it is old age or that because life just passes in a blur, my memory is just not as good as it used to be. Hence I am a shutterbug and take photos of Dumpling whenever I can so that I have these to look back on fondly. This is also part of the reason of why I blog

More than that, I realised that I am getting sentimental and would have things / videos taken made so that Dumpling to have something to flip / look through once she is of 'age'. 1 of the 2 things I did when I was a SAHM during the early days was to make a 胎毛笔. Traditionally, this is a Chinese calligraphy pen where the  'bristles' of the calligraphy pen is made from the infant's hair and is meant as a keepsake.

That was about 4 years back. I took it out over the weekend and showed it to Dumpling. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the wooden holder and the pen are both nicely preserved. (The cardboard box was a tad tattered though I am not sure if that is Dumpling's doing :p)

I actually did not recall that I got the gentleman to engrave some words on the pen so it was a pleasant 'reminder' to read them all over again.

But more than that, it was a beautiful and poignant moment when I saw the smile lit up on Dumpling's face as she read it and a lump came up in the throat.

Did you have something made as a keepsake too?



  1. this has to be one of the most amazing and special things I have ever heard!! what an amazing gift! I scrapbook as a gift to my children. I wish i had something like this to give each of them too. Sadly, i only have the hair from the first haircut of both my first and my last child. it is neat your daughter can enjoying this now and you can see her enjoying it instead of waiting until you are gone and not being able to see her enjoy it.

    1. Hi Paula,
      Thanks for popping by and yes, as you have so eloquently put it, it was a great moment to be able to witness her enjoying it now as opposed to not having a chance.

      I did a mini scrapbook too! Hope to be able to show case it in one of my posts next time :)


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