The drizzle has just stopped as I write this post.
The fresh scent of rain wafts in through the window ahead of me. All is quiet. Not too far to my left Papa is on his laptop, working. Downstairs Baby Chu is up and watching the TV. And not too long soon Danny will be back from school, noisy as always.
Adik is at UITM as I write, as she has been for two weeks. Mama is in Bangkok for a conference. With the exception of Baby Chu, it is only the men of the family left at home. Yet it hasn’t been the macho bachelor’s experience of Maggi meals, futsal-til-late-at-night-followed-by-ping-pong-til-later-at-night which I have kinda expected.
Because even though I know how noisy Danny is, I also know that even he won’t be able to truly break the silence which has enveloped us all day.
The quiet in the house is not a mere absence of sound – it is the absence of two loved ones. An absence as tangible as the raindrops drumming on the windowpane just a few moments ago.
It is said in Islam that Allah created the first woman, Hawa, from the rib of the first man, Adam.
But it doesn’t mean she is inferior to him.
It just means that, like a rib, a woman is always close to a man’s heart. And without her he is incomplete.
Miss you, Mama and Adik :-/
Men of the House
P.S. Papa and I are planning to play ping pong tonight :D