When I was 5
Comfort was living within four walls with a roof on top
Happiness was food on our plate, money to buy basics from shop

When I was 10,
Comfort was a house with 24 hour water in the tap
Happiness was a cake from bakery, or getting a gift with a wrap

When I was 15
Comfort was a house with a toilet just for the 4 of us
Happiness was cutting my birthday cake, shopping dresses was a big plus!

When I was 20
Comfort was a two bedroom house with our own cot and furniture,
Happiness was hosting parties, shopping in malls and fine dine for dinner

When I was 25
Comfort was affording rent for any house of our choice
Happiness was seeing parents’ comfort, see them travel countries and rejoice

Now at 40... well almost
Comfort has new meanings as I see the floor plan of the new house
Comfort for all we seek, we discuss, raise our concerns and doubts
I look at the square foot area of our single master bedroom
It’s a bit bigger than my house at 5, which had a single room
Happiness to me now, is being grateful for all these blessings
Happiness is seeing my parents proud as both her kids look at new beginnings

I had tears as I composed this post. It’s close to my heart. I’m unable to express all my thoughts in words but I guess you guys can feel me.

As we plan for attached bathroom for my daughters’ room, I go back to think about how at 12 years of age, we lived in a block of rented houses where four random unknown families shared a common toilet. The nuisances of one family not keeping it clean!!! The leaks, the broken taps, the fights on who did it!! I used to wake up very early just to be the first one to use the toilet. (You remember my post on OCD for toilets?? it’s there from then 😅) I would clean it up everyday before and after using it!!

Now I plan for an attached bath as my girls are growing up and it’s good to have one in their room! Am I grateful for all the blessings these past years!!!! Grateful that discussions of comfort are at a different level now! Grateful for our parents for all their hard work!! Grateful for everyone who helped us come up!! 🙏🙏🙏

My brother too is planning to start construction of a house and I could see the joy and the pride in my mom’s eyes as we discussed things!!! It means the world to us!!

Thanks for stopping by and reading..

21 thoughts on “Comfort and Happiness

      1. That’s good to hear. Winters are not good for respiratory ailments.
        Prelims are from 1st March. They have kept 2 papers on one day. Overall 6 hrs theory paper written🥺🥺 Finals from 1 april

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  1. Heart warming post HS! I could totally feel you, and quite relatable too.

    People say that we should never look back, but we should always look back at the path we walked, which keeps us humbled and grounded for where we are now.

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