thinking about mama

Roundup of The Changing Seasons, August 2022

Swing Me, Mama (1995) by Dominic Benhura is one of my favourite Mother & Child depictions.

Dominic Benhura, a Zimbabwean sculptor, “has an exceptional ability to portray human feeling through form rather than facial expression” (ZimSculpt).

Conveniently situated at my doorstep in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, I am fortunate to visit it often when I pop in for a run. One of the reasons I like it so much is the joy & exuberance it exudes, and reminds me of the many times the Children & I visited this particular spot to feed the turtles & fish when they were toddlers. For a closer look at Swing Me, Mama, follow this link to my old post.

Thinking about mamas brings my thoughts back to Mama Rose, Loving Husband’s mother.

This Desert Rose is the last surviving plant we rescued from her home when she passed on in November 2013. It bloomed again last week.

I think of Mama Ruth – my maternal grandmother, after whom I took my baptism name. She left us when she was 50, the age I was when I found myself on the brink of death. I remember all the Sunday afternoons on her porch, building forts & castles with sofa cushions, boxes and whatever else we could rustle up, the surprises she hid in her bread box for me to find, the ice cream she would hurry down the driveway to buy from the passing ice-cream man on his bicycle. She left us all too soon.

My mommy made Cheng Teng this week and I enjoyed a whole lot of it. I am grateful that I am able to enjoy time with her as well as her yummy food.

She is off to Bangkok this weekend with Dad – they are a poster couple for Graceful & Active Ageing. They are who I want to be when I grow up.

It’s almost time for The Changing Seasons

The Changing Seasons is coming soon on 30 September (7:00 am, Singapore time). Hope you will join Brian and I for a wrap-up of September (follow this link to find out more about The Changing Seasons).

Thank you to those of you who shared August 2022 with us:

This post is my contribution to PPAC (Photographing Public Art Challenge) hosted this week by Sarah at Travel with Me.

45 Comments

  1. What a nice tribute to your grandparents. The memories of those years become more precious each year. Also went back and read about your ICU experience. Hope you made a full recovery. Bernie

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  2. I tried Cheng Teng a couple of months ago. It was a hot day and it was quite refreshing. I got a Desert Rose earlier this summer. I’m hoping the spot I placed it in will do well as it is a sunny area.

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    1. What fun, Julie! I take it you had a cold Cheng Teng! It is very refreshing on a hot day. I like it hot as well – the flavours become quite different. Hope you get to try it that way when the weather turns cooler.

      Hope your Desert Rose is growing well!

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  3. I had no idea you were in a coma from pneumonia! I must not have been following you back then. My goodness. Sorry about that, and about your grandmother. :/
    “they are a poster couple for Graceful & Active Ageing. They are who I want to be when I grow up.”–Love this!

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    1. Thank you for your heart-warming response Betsy, and for taking the time to catchup on my experience from what seems like many many years ago. But that ICU event has really changed my perspective on life- being grateful each day is much easier to focus on.

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  4. Surely it can’t be the end of September already?! I’m away at the moment so may be a few days late with my contribution this month. Meanwhile thanks for sharing this beautiful sculpture for PPAC 😃

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  5. Your reflections about your grandmother radiate such joy and love. The sculpture beautifully illustrates that. Thank you for sharing both your sadness and gratitude with us.

    Thank you for also sharing the link to your pneumonia experience. I didn’t know you then, and I read in horror. I can’t imagine how terrifying that must have been for your family. Your resolutions on the other side inspire me: “I don’t think too hard before I try new things, I seek for Beauty & the Bright side of things, and I don’t apologise when I to do things for myself.” That indeed is the person who I know through your blog. Your grandmother is so proud.

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    1. Appreciate so much your warm & generous response, Carol Ann. I am extremely grateful and mindful of each day I have been blessed with, even through the hospital event seems so far behind me.

      I have come to accept that being in relationship means both sadness & joy – something I struggled with greatly as a younger person. For this, and so many other reasons, I am so glad I can enjoy being older now.

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  6. Hi Ju-Lyn, What a lovely tribute to your loved ones. The statue embodies the exuberance and wonderful memories you have cherished with each of your grandmothers. I’m so sorry you lost your grandmother at age 50. That is so young, and I’m so glad you stayed with us past that age. Life is such a precious gift. Thank you for linking to PPAC this week, and for including me in your lineup for last month. I get back home on Sept. 30 from my wonderful blogger meetup in Portland, Vancouver, and now Spokane with Terri Webster Schrandt. It’s been quite a journey for both of us. So I’ll have lots to share. 🙂

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    1. How wonderful that you enjoyed a meetup! I can only imagine the animated conversation that the group enjoyed!

      Appreciate very much your taking the time to read my memories and to share in my joy of them. I am also very glad I am still here to delight in the beauty of things around us!

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  7. Only one of my grandparents, my father’s mother, was still alive when I was born. She lived fr away in another state and I don’t remember much about her except that she wrote poetry and made some very beautiful drawings.

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    1. Ah, the artistry runs strong in your family. Although all my grandparents were alive for most of my childhood, and we visited them at least once a week, I remember my maternal grandparents far better – partly because of the interactions with them.

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