the mudpond

It's good to let things breathe in your imagination because often your initial response to it is not the best thought-through response. I savour little glimpses of life. Mine and those of people who turn me sideways and around. Friend or stranger. Even a child. (the world looks different from down there) Sometimes an author, photographer, artist. I let things saturate and incubate here. Hopefully, deeper meanings can percolate up and flower.

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A stray cat.


Little Woman

TOWERING MALAYSIANS? I have two outstanding candidates; pricless treasures.

Standing tall beside the nameless sixty-something-maybe-seventy-year-old
Ama, is this remarkable little woman.

She's little, but precious, don't you think?

Yeoh Lay Hoon
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Lay Hoon is all of nine. Nine and only nine. Yet she carries an incredible load on her little shoulders. You (probably) and I (most certainly) have a far lighter load on our much bigger and wider shoulders.

What title is there for one so little - not even out of adolescence and precious childhood - yet shouldering a burden many of us adults would crumple under? She isn't an orphan, so I guess not qualified for any government assistance. Neither has she lived long enough to have dated, much less for anyone to buy her a Mother's Day card or take her out to even a mamak dinner or merit any awards. Or acknowledge her efforts as homemaker and caregiver.

Anyway, she has no time for songs or tears or need for tributes and awards.

You can, however, help
lighten her burden and improve her prospects for a brighter future. Oh, and also for a ‘little man’, her four-year-old brother, too.

Won't you
Try A Little Kindness today? Write a cheque in Yeoh Kim Cheng's name and forward to the Bayan Baru MCA Division, 32, Lorong Kenari, Taman Desa Ria, 11900 Bayan Baru Penang. Or contribute to a trust fund for Kim Cheng's medical expenses and the kids' future education needs. Call Chai Tsing Boo (special assistant to Bayan Baru MP Datuk Wong Kam Hoong) at 04-6468808.

Yes, "... show a little kindness, just shine your light for everyone to see... "

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