Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Mum, Margaret and Baby swap

A baby swap? My sister Margaret

This was when Margaret was awarded with her PhD from the University of Christchurch. She did her studies in Lincoln College.

When she was born, Mother’s been fretting and worrying. She has given birth to a child when her husband was away and the baby looked different from the rest of the brood. The nurse had brought a baby who was dark, and had big eyes. She was too different from the others. They all had fair skin, and smallish eyes, especially Ann, whose eyes were so small that they seemed perpetually closed. Call it maternal instincts; Mother wasn’t convinced that this baby was hers. 

 These are my parents John Hiu Fei and Mary Kong.

Everyone says I look like Dad with my broad face, and Margaret looks like Mum.

If you have been following my writing, you would have read the incredulous story that at one stage, people thought that Margaret was a baby swap. She didn't look like the rest of us, mainly she has a sharp face, and we older sisters have broad chopping board face.

As Margaret grew older, she looked more and more like Mum, They both have the sharp face. I emailed the family the above photo, a recent photo my facebook friend sent me last night.

Eldest Sis Rose replied, Margaret looks just like Mother.

This caused Mother a lot of heart ache. Thinking that we had a baby swap.  You have to read the book to see what happened.

Margaret has been teaching at Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Sarawak.
On Sarawak Governor's birthday in 2010, on this occasion he gave honours to prominent people in the society. Margaret was awarded with a Pingat Bintang Kenyalang (Gold) on the occasion of the Governor's (TYT) birthday. This is the highest level for a government servant for that level. The next level is the Datuk category.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Ann Chan
    Your writing is so true and close to heart. I love reading. Really do not know you as you are from the Upper Salim.

    Write on.. cheers.. God bless.