She's turning 17 today! WHA-??
Quick, sound the alarm! Call the Fire Brigade! Call the Ambulance! Call the Police! Somebody has to stop this!
Growing up so quickly should not be allowed!
It should be.. it should be...made illegal if you ask me!
She was just sweet 16, just! Now it seems like she is vrooming into adulthood. What's the hurry I'm askin' you, what's the hurry, huh? Speed kills!
I don't wanna think about it, I don't wanna talk about it, I don't wanna blog about it.
Oh, waydeminit, I have to blog about it cos my memory is going and sometimes I'm not even sure who is who in the photos. Tammy (Tamara Jayne) sometimes looks SO like her older sister, Joni..
(Tammy on left, Joni on right)
(Joni on left, Tammy on..no, Tammy on left...wait.....Jo...)
One day you're a weelittlecutiechickenpie (like the one Sin Yee's aunt makes)...
and the next, you've suddenly blossomed!
One day you're just a little pig-tailed girlie...
And the next you've suddenly shot up!
Even overtaking your sister, 9 years your senior!
(sister, Joni, is sitting on Tammy's lap)
At 17, you've already been to Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore and India
And soon you'll be going to New Zealand...
(Ok, so Tony Willis isn't exactly New Zealand but gimme a break man, he's all I got. It was either him or a bunch o' sheep. And who'd rather have a picture of a bunch o' sheep? Ok, don't answer that. I don't know why I invite trouble like this)
At 17 you can speak Thai, you can sing well, you can write poetry...
As a Malaysian Chindian* (*a coined word meaning Chinese+Indian - of mixed parental heritage) you've sometimes gone Chinese...
and sometimes (just thrown in for good measure) even Punjabi...
(I hope it isn't any indication of an identity crisis)
At 17, you've just been an MC for a wedding dinner with 700 guests!
At 17, you've just been a Maid of Honour...
Someday you're gonna meet your own Prince (and I'm gonna come to pieces) who may not look like anything you envisage now...
hold your heart..
but you know how the story can go....
On this your 17th birthday, I, your Mommy, want you to know that regardless of your roots
meaning, regardless of the fact that sometimes your Dad is a little...umm...strange
and your Mom doesn't always show you the kind of affection you may want
if ever you find yourself all alone..
your family will always be there for you.
Even if you find it difficult to believe it sometimes.
Cos blood runs thicker than water.
Love you heaps, Tam.