小沙弥拔萝卜 Little Monks Uprooting Carrot

I was going to drive back to Penang today, but I fell sick and decided to take another day off instead. Since I was sick, I couldn’t really go out for shopping else the mom goes stir crazy with worry. Instead, I went stir crazy sitting around at home.

I decided to embark on a nostalgic tour of the house, digging up items that reminded me of my childhood. I’m going to blog about one such items.

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This is a clay made model of two little monks trying to uproot a giant carrot. I think this was a birthday gift (or was it Mother’s Day gift?) by us three siblings to the mom when we were all still very little. I can’t remember exactly which year, but up to that point of time, we were only drawing birthday cards for mom on her birthday and also Mother’s Day. We wanted to do away with boring cards and buy something within our budget that we think mom might like.

I think we bought this at a shop near our home. It was RM 10 or 15 if my memory serves me right. When me and sister saw this, we were instantly attracted. You see, mom is quite a devout Buddhist, so we thought the little monks factor might appeal to her. And it was kind of cute.

I think mom likes this. I remember us having a laugh when she unwrapped the gift. And this thing survived the test of time and remained as a decoration piece in our home. Yeah, I think my mom definitely likes this one 😀 .

 

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    • We had a few others, but now this is the only one left, so I think you are right, she probably loves this more 😛

    • Well enough to drive back to Penang today. I hope the weather gets better, folks in Kelantan and Terengganu is having it rough now..

  1. Cute gift, but what does it symbolize ahh? My mil’s house has 3 huge fook luk sau, I think they are cute, hehe..Wah you siblings very yau sum wor, I never gave mum anything when we were little.. After we grow up and earn our own money, we give angpau and take them out for makan..

    • I think there’s a folk story (or kids educational story), but I can’t remember the details. Something about teamwork..

  2. very cute little monks indeed.. I guess it was also the very first present you bought for your mum, that is why it means a lot more to her?? so did you spend more time and found more things you kept in places you almost forgotten?? you probably could find your kindie report card dei~~ :p

    • I found quite a few things actually, but I didn’t feel like blogging about them hahaha.. maybe next time! 😉

  3. What NuxV said is very true, I never draw any mother’s day card for my mother when young. When I started getting a salary, I do treat her to a meal.

    Your mother must be really surprise at that time when she saw this gift from you all but she must really love it because it shows her children took great care to choose a gift for her. Is there any special meaning to little monks pulling up carrots, an idiom or something?

  4. so nostalgic…I tot i m reading some Mothers’ Day blog post here. You ‘kids’ are such a bunch of filial son/daughter coz u guys made personal card to ur mum. I usually treat her a meal, but not drawing or painting some cards, coz she doesn’t appreciate art, haha!

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