Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Drive Back

The alarm goes off at five. I patter over and switch it off. Disable. Not Snooze. Then crawl back into bed. It's a cold morning. It has been raining heavily in waves, throughout the night.

Finally at six I unclose an eye. Maybe I should think of waking up. Oh dear, I'm gonna be so late for work. Mum is up. She is doing her morning prayers. I go brush my teeth in her bathroom.

"Someone needs to bolt these windows," she says.


"What do you mean why? Because I'm coming back with you."

"Aiya Ma, no needlar. I can go myself."

"If anything were to happen to you..." (and let's face it, plenty has already).

Come to think of it, would be nice to have Mum along for the ride. Keep me from falling asleep at the wheel. Unfortunately, it will also keep me from...

"JENNY! Slow down. Police cameras around. You never know! Was that guy flashing you? OK, I think there must be a police check up ahead. Slow down! 110 girl. Eh, you think I cannot see ah? 110!"

And so it goes, and so it goes until we get to KL. I have minor panic attack because my wallet is not in my bag (for toll-paying purposes) and if I left wallet in JB there will be one hell of a stink. But my wallet has merely fallen out of my bag in the car. Comes from my habit of leaving bag gaping open.

Now we're both at home. Mum made coffee and we had it with banana cake (genuine JB coke-fired old-fashioned oven JB banana cake). I tell Mum maybe I should take the day off and she says no.

Go to work!


So of course I decided to blog instead.


Grey Shades said...

Hahahahaha... your mum does backseat driving (or rather passenger seat) too eh? I guess its that they are nervous and jus dont want to admit it :) Hope you are feeling better now lady!

ling said...


hubby has control of the alarm clock. otherwise, it would be in little bits in the corner somewhere.

that girl in pink said...


jacky said...

how is mum getting back ?

Jenn said...

Grey: I am. Thanks.

Ling: Actually my alarm clocks have not fared so well. Although there was this one time my phone alarm went off and I thought the book was singing.

Pink: Right back atcha.

Jacky: Shi Sho is driving down this weekend. Mum is going with her. To sit, perchance to screech!

goldennib said...

My mom tells me how to drive all of the time, too. Makes me nuts since I'm a better driver than she is.

Jenn said...

Hehe, the irony is my Mum was a hell driver when she was young. She still is, and always sweet talks the policemen into letting her off when they want to give her a speeding ticket.

Jackie said...

Your 'mum' stories are always my favorites. I don't know what it is about that woman - but I like her! (probably because your stories about her, make me smile)

Jenn said...

Yes, I know. You see why I became prolific the moment I went to see Mum again. She is a cutie pie. And if I told her that and pinched her cheeks, she would pout at me.