No.21 was just a piece of land 12 years ago. it took only 2 people to design it and almost a year to build it. they didnt thought that their 2 daughters will be living abroad, and so they build it for them to see and enjoy them and their families grow. but one can never tell what the future holds. what God's plans are. one settled in the UK, and one in the Netherlands.
Tomorrow, we're going to say goodbye to our home back in JB. A place which we have called our home for the past 11 years. A house both my parents had waited so long to actually build and make it their dream home. A house which my dad drew, measured, designed everything with no architects at all (but to sign the plans) from scratch. A house which has had more than 20 sub-contractors dealing with my mum, and my mum alone, but of course alongside with dad. A house where we've made lots of friends while building it. A house which was decorated with lots of passion. A house with a garden of eden, where my parents had spent most of their mornings and evenings outdoors, caring for their plants. A house surrounded with very friendly and good neighbours all around. A house which was filled by tremendous amount of love, joy, laughter, happiness and fond memories. A house which have seen so many events (my wedding as well as my sister's topped it off). A home we came back to from wherever we were.
This is very emotional for me, saying goodbye to our home. i felt bad as i couldnt help mum and dad pack and move. but i suppose its better this way, i probably wouldnt be able to control my emotions.
Finally, the time has come. the time has come for all of us to move forward and spend our quality times together. many many holidays together! mum and dad will spend most of their times here with us and with my sister and brother in law. mum and dad will get to enjoy their grandchildren, will have more time to travel, discovering new places, doing the things that they love, and will fill our houses (mine and kakak's) with all the things they have filled in with theirs.
To mum and dad, thank you for putting a beutiful roof over our heads. its been a hectic year, i'm sure. its sad saying goodbye. but look at the bright side, we're going to see you very soon! and no more empty rooms and cleaning the whole house and the garden! we hope you'll enjoy your new home, although it's still in a mess. and spend many many days in ours. micasa sukasa!!...
And to our beautiful house no.21, thank you for a beautiful and wonderful 11 years. we hope it'll be a good home for our buyer too.
We hope to fill our home, here in the netherlands with even more love, happiness and make new fond memories...
-1st june 2007-
Just called my parents, they've handed the keys over and said their goodbyes. the only one tennant remaining at no.21 is MILO, she was born there, at no.21 when her mum NENG, a stray cat became a permenant resident at our then home since late 2004. MILO had her last lunch with my parents, a fest of nasi, ikan and serunding my dad fixed specially for her. somehow she knew we're leaving her behind and couldnt stay away from mum's legs. i'm still in tears.
(picture taken on the day i left for netherlands for good 1.5 years ago)
Thursday, 31 May 2007