It was a sure serendipity as I sauntered into a restaurant(taking my mom out for dinner last night),someone calling me out gently from the back just with one "Eugene",I turned around and looked over my shoulder, it was my brother calling me.
When I looked at him,I was happy and I was almost elated when I heard him calling me "Eugene",never did I expect that,(yes prior to this,he never called me at all) I quickly and excitedly responded by calling him,"Teik Fu" I prefer calling him "Teik Fu " rather than "Keith" cos it feels warm that way.
I walked over to his table,(he was with his wife and a friend),got myself seated down, as respect I smiled at his wife,telling her that I was "Teik Fu's" brother,(I also have never never met his wife before) somehow or rather,she did not look too perplexed, I guess she alreday knew who I was already,then calling her,"Ah So",a title used to address my brother's wife.
There we were,a "Teik Fu" seating down with another "Teik Leong"(that's my Chinese name),two brothers who had never sat down together before,two brother who one could call out the other one's name with zest and with another one reciprocated with much enthusiasm.
At this juncture,"Teik Fu's " friend was looking kind of funny,"probably he never knew that "Teik Fu" had got a younger brother" Quickly and smilingly I said to his friend that," We are brothers but of different mothers" I like his friend's reply when he said," Ya but then again, we both share the same blood too,even if both go to DNA test,you're still brothers" So happy to hear that.
You see, I remember when I was small, my father(passed away about 27 years ago) used to tell me this, if you did see those brothers and sisters from "Tua Ma side"( my Papa's first wife ),you must call them,Tua Ko and Tua Chi, I knew it was my father's dream to see his children from the two sides.........coming together for he thought it was so "Difficult" back then
And I was happy that I managed to in one way anoter fulfilling my father's dream,albeit a short conversation with "Teik Fu".......and I was happy,now I guess it would be my dream to sit down with the rest of the brothers and sisters from Tua Ma side's to bring my father's dream to fruition but I guess it would be very very hard,,,,,,,,,,,sorrry father.
P/S : Thanks Teik Fu (Ah Ko) for the time,it might not come again but it was a dream come through for Papa and me,,,,,,,thank you..suddenly tears just trickered down my cheeks