Monday, January 29, 2007

It's Gotta Be Written.

This story has gotta be written.
It's a story about Aunt.
About me.
Growing up with her.
A single mother who gave me food, clothes and shelter.
And love.
In this story, there's Grandma and Cousin too.
Three women who raised me
In a house I was the only man.
A child.
Pretending to be man.
To punch the nose of grown men who made fun of her pulut panggang, nissang pulut, coklat nissang, and nekbat.
To walk with her, peddling kain batek Jawa.
And gold.
I called her Mommy all my life
not knowing that she was Aunt
until someone told me one day that she wasn't my real Mommy
but in my heart she was more than a mother.
The best mother I could dream of.
This is my story,
dedicated to all the single mothers in the world.


Blogger chumly said...

Keep posting and stay out of those barroom fights. Although Hemmingway had a few in his day. Keep writing, you have something to say.

2:33 PM  
Blogger podgykat said...

What a wonderful tribute to your aunt and all those single moms! On the shleves soon?! Nice days..

3:04 PM  
Blogger maklang said...

teruskan menulis en bergen abdullah...and congrats to yr aunt/ mom for raising such a fine man....;)

6:57 PM  
Blogger Clark Gable of Pulau Duyong said...

Go on Bergen,i love nekbat coklat nissang and pulut panggang but i love to hear your story more.Go on serve me !!!

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Ol Lady from the Green Mtn. said...


Biology does not make one a parent. One woman gave you life, another woman raised you, nurtured you and loved you -- that woman is your mother. You are luckier than many people in the world ... there are those who will go through life never knowing any of that.

And your aunt did it in a culture where that is not the norm, so more power to her! Sounds like a remarkable woman whose story must be told.

8:46 PM  
Blogger Pak Idrus said...

Bergen, it is indeed a great thought, so moving. BTW when is the book coming. take care.

9:14 PM  
Blogger k.d said...

Mr.Bergen, I am sure Aunt Su loved every minute that you are in her life. And from the stories you wrote here you've been wonderful to her in return.

I want a signed copy from you sir. And keep on writing and telling it as it should be told.

11:19 PM  
Blogger tokasid said...

Sir,I'm touched.
A very simple yet heartwarming piece from you. She might not be your biological mum but a wonderful mum to you she definitely is.


2:42 AM  
Blogger AuntyN said...

Is it published yet? Can't wait to read it.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Kak Teh said...

bergen, go for it - a lovely idea. I was saying to the other hald justthe other day that yr travels with aunt su will be a hit!

3:14 PM  
Anonymous a babe of very little brain said...

continue writing your 'world without men' and i will fall in love with you all over again.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous mymymy said...

you're a great product from a great mothering journey.

7:11 PM  
Blogger nadya said...

bergen sir,
more beautiful stories of grandma, aunt and cousin please.

10:30 AM  
Blogger bergen said...

Chumly: Thank you for visiting, sir. It's a long way and I'm glad you got here.

Podgykat: Yes, ma'am. This story has gotta be written.

Maklang: Terima kasih, Maklang. Your support means the world to me, ma'am.

CGOPD: Yes, sir, I will start to work on it.

OLFTGM: Oh yes, ma'am. She was the pillar of strength.

Pak Idrus: Good to see you here, sir. Thank you for coming. It's gonna be a hard work since I have no writing experience, or training, but I'm gonna give it a shot.

K.D: Aunt in this story is not Aunt Su. Aunt Su is Grandma's distant- relative but Aunt in this story is Granma's Daughter.

Tokasid: You've got it right there, sir. She is to me a mother in every way.

AuntyN: LOL, I don't think any publisher is interested to take this job. Most probably this story will remain in this blog only.

Kak Teh: Thank you for the idea. I think my travels with Aunt Su is a great story to tell too, starting from Penang, Sungai Petani, Alor Setar and Kangar.

ABOVLB: Nice to have you back in, ma'am. You have a nice day now, y'hear?

Mymymy: I have Aunt to thank for it, and Grandma and Cousin. They are the most important persons in my life. But they are all gone now.

Nadya: I am gonna try and we'll see how it goes. Don't expect much from a guy who doesn't have a formal training in creative writing.

Thank you for coming, and your comments. You have a great day now, y'hear?

12:33 PM  
Anonymous nona azizah razali said...

En. Bergen, i wish one day when she is older my darling 'kakak'(she just turned three) would think of me the same way too.

4:53 PM  
Blogger dee3 said...

love the jpeg.
love reading your stories.
hope the book's out soon (with the jpeg cover, cantik!)

take care.

2:18 PM  
Blogger Intan said...

My mum went through the same thing as you, except all of her life, she thought her parents were her real parents. Even when her mum died, she didn't know. It was only after her father died did her 'siblings' told her that she was actually their cousin.

Mum was 40 at that time and had to go through psychiatric treatment.

She's ok now. She has her children and grandchildren.

10:59 AM  

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