So far, other things that Juan Or has helped Mommy are peeling the skin of the stalk of the sweet potato leaves, plucking out the leaves of 'kou chye' (bitter vege) for Mommy to cook soup and pounding the shallot-garlic-dried chillies mixture in the mortar. However, Juan Or is still not able to stay on long doing the tasks, at most is only for about 15 to 20 minutes, then off he goes to play with his toys or disturb Papa! As for the pounding job, he could only manage less than 10 times of continuous pounding because the pestel is too heavy for him.
There was once too when Mommy was chopping the shallots and Juan Or came over to ask to help but Mommy only allowed him to see and not do. At that time, Mommy's eyes already became watery. So when he came near to see the chopping, his eyes went watery too and he gave Mommy the kind of look like as if he doesn't know and cannot understand what's happening to him! Poor boy!
This morning, as Mommy was sending him to the babysitter's house before heading off to office, Juan Or looked at Mommy with a thoughtful look and said,"Ai (Want) help Mama housework!"
At this point of writing and thinking back about Juan Or's eagerness to help with the cooking, Mommy feels guilty for scolding him (ferociously) when he started playing with water as he does the washing, more so when Mommy is rushing for time to finish cooking. Mommy is glad however that Mommy's scolding still does not hamper his eagerness to help Mommy!
"Hugs from Mommy to Juan Or. Forgive Mommy for being so harsh on you even though you have been so eager to lend Mommy a helping hand."