Friday, 29 April 2011
When I received your email enquiry from Sarawak, I was quite surprised , for it had such a commanding yet positive tone to it. You had not heard about me, did not even know me, had no idea who I was and how I'd turn out to be as a teacher, but , you were already preparing to make flight arrangements to attend my class on your first enquiry itself. I couldn't even decline your request, even if I had wanted to ! And when I replied your email, you signed off with " Yipeee, I'm so so happy !" How could I have refused then ?
Boy! was I surprised when you came for class on the appointed day. Your openness, warm and happy-go-lucky character, your sincerity and forthright manner put me at ease instantly, I knew you would be different from the rest and now , after getting to know you, I can honestly say that you are indeed, a very special person, Mandy.
Being a nail artist, you were quick to grasp the painting techniques but your ever shocked and surprised utterances of "Oh !, So, that's how its done huh , ............................ Ohhh ! so that's the secret aaahhh .................................. What the fish man ! , How come I didn't know about you earlier ? You teach so easy and clearly and don't hide your skills......... , Aiyooo !, I spent quite a lot of money learning from " teachers" who taught me nothing man, you know !................. Oh My God, ! , why they make it soo difficult to learn when it's quite easy huh .................. all this and more had me in fits .
I couldn't control my laughter when you said all those things, and coupled with your expressive and incredously wide open eyes (and your mouth too, I might add !) you had me in stitches all day. Your tremendous excitement , wonder and happiness upon discovering the joy of Decorative Painting just made feel oh, so happy, Mandy. It was like finding a similar soul mate ! And when you said that you had browsed through my entire blog postings from the beginning to " gauge me " ( and also many other different blogposts ) before deciding to choose me for your teacher because you felt ' we were on the same wavelength ", it was really a ' Wow" moment !
But despite all the fun and laughter, there's something you said that stood out and which I have not heard from any parent. I have met many parents with special children's needs and all of them do love their children just as much as any other parent/parents . I do sometimes and even now wonder how great and incredible parents of special children are and how they cope with their added responsibilities ( it's one of the reasons why I volunteer to do my bit too - because I'm in awe of such parents ) You said and I quote " I am a mother of a special child too and I have been blessed to have her as my child . I have become a better person because of her presence in my life " Your statement had a profound effect on me, Mandy , for I have not heard those simple but incredibly beautiful words from anyone as yet, not even from parents of normal kids.... Well, except perhaps from Mother Theresa herself.
You are a real gem of a mother, Mandy, and I'm sure your little one has been blessed by your presence in her life too........... and I'm so happy and glad to have had the opportunity to have you in my house at Shah Alam, all the way from Sarawak.
Here are some of your wonderful moments captured in picture .............
After just 3 rows of strokework, you were ready to go !
Your first try on a board and it looks quite good already.................................
Your very first completed project and that was pretty fast and beautiful for a newcomer ! Oops, I forgot your hydrangeas painting......................
Now, on to the rose................................... My, my, at this rate, all your clients will be having rose painted nails soon !
I believe that our new found friendship will continue to grow . I also hope that you'll slow down from your frenzied and energetic business of running your nail art salons and take time to smell the roses, literally ! !
With best wishes and warmest regards