Last night, both hubby and I were strolling past our neighbour’s apartment which is on the first floor. Clothes of children and their father were hanging out at the balcony. (Wife had left the family)
Me : Well, without a wife, life still go on as usual ya? The clothes are still washed and dried.
Hubby : Of course, there is a mechanical wife now. That one that goes, ‘chikrong, chikrong…’ (indicates washing machine).
Me : What mechanical wife? *pinch hubby*
Hubby : Yalah, the kind that don’t go shopping or need to eat food, never nag kind.
Then, on a different time, my 10 years old son whom had just finished his Science mid-year exam asked me, “Name four basic needs”
Me : Food, water, oxygen and shelter
*thinks to myself, indeed, that’s the basic need ya?*
Son : Name four waste products
Me : Shit, wee-wee……
Son : Nolah, defecation, urination…..
Me : Wuah, you so terror-merror wan ah?
Well, it is true isn’t it? Basic needs and basic wastes don’t involve love at all. Mechanical wives serve their purpose as well. Then, how does one make sure that one is indispensable? I guess it is just a myth when we think that we are indispensable. Life still goes on with or without us.
This is to say that each of us, whether as a spouse, mother, daughter, son, father, sibling, friend, member of the community, employee etc really must put in some effort to see that our presence is really appreciated, felt, noted, make a difference (a good one, I hope) to others and we serve our purpose, right? Like the tagline, One life, live it!