Saturday, October 29, 2011

Texting Experience.....

Image1: Baby Naqip the subject of this drama held by Daddy Hafidz. Taken Jul 31,2011 at one year old

Image2: Elder brother Nabil and sister Sarah Aishah taken on the same day

...at its Best!

Process Notes: This is a real life situation posted earlier in a prose form in my other blog. I had it truncated and revamped to meet Claudia’s guide in d’Verse. It is not a conversation exchange though but a texting drama. Does that count?

Friday July 02, 2010 had been expected
to be just an ordinary day. It all started
in the morning when Norman and Kimie
(read: grandchildren) had their ‘Report Card’ day
Adura, my eldest daughter
had dutifully accompanied her 2 boys
to confer with their respective teachers .
Parents were required to present themselves
for a one to one with the teachers
to gauge and discuss on
how they ( the 2 boys) had fared during the term.

It was all well and good
I was supposed to pick them up later
in mid-morning as there would not
be any more classes for the rest of the day.

Then it happened!
My loving wife, Shadah
received a text message from Hafidz, my elder son

'Qhaty’s in labour! '  

What?.. Now? …Gosh!
We knew Qhaty was in the family way
and it was ‘anytime now’ and it was expected.
But not now! ....

It was still a surprise though
that it should be that morning.
Ok, ok, Shadah decided.
( in this sort of situations, I would let her decide)
We’ll pick up Norman and Kimie and then we'll go.
Hopefully we'll be in time.
From PJ, to Ampang Puteri Hospital ,
taking the DUKE highway would be a breeze.

Then another text, ‘ 7cm now. Baby otw’

To tell you the truth,I was not at all knowledgeable
nor familiar nor accustomed to such technicalities.
But I could guess. It must be pretty soon.
Sure enough, before we could recover,
another text came,

'Baby boy safely arrivd naturally 2.96kg, 52cm. Mommy is doin fine. Happy and grateful!. Alhmdlh.’

We were relieved!. We were just relieved.
With a tinge of regret though
as we were not there when it happened.

Then another message . ‘It’s a boy! ‘

Maybe Hafidz was just as relieved as us
that he just couldn’t resist
 sending the confirmation again
or maybe he was just overwhelmed with joy ‘

Come to think of it.
If there's none of the ubiquitous hand phones
and the corresponding sms texting culture ,
as what we are having now,
life would have been pretty much mundane and uninteresting!

Yes, I suppose so!

Submitted for d'Verse Call and Response

17 comments:

  1. What a drama, an exciting one. Certainly a call and response. Congratulations to the parents and grandparents. Boys are fun.

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  2. haha yes it might be...or maybe would just find out in time like we used to and it would not be boring, just different...but it is cool to share in the excitement while it is happening...nice little bit of human drama in the techno age...

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  3. Life wasn't so mundane and uninteresting before, Hank. It was just different. LOL
    Beautiful children!

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  4. What a lovely drama - texting can add to life's moments :)

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  5. Oh yes you know my texting ways, from all my acronym plays. Can be quite interesting to get through as well, made for a great post though.

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  6. smiles...almost a live experience..think it's def. nice nowadays...on the other hand, maybe it was more intimate before...maybe both has its pro's and con's

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  7. Most enjoyable to read and so cleverly written
    Have a good day Hank.

    Yvonne.

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  8. I prefer this to the previous post. It's tighter and more dramatic.

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  9. Awesome. Congratulations to the parents and grandparents. :)Enjoy!

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  10. techno conversation...call & response....childbirth. what a scenario, good poem w/drama and suspense. well...what really is the telephone? has techno talking txt & sms pushed the common telephone into an adjancency ? i.e., another step into becoming cyborg? what media w/push txt & sms out of the way as the stranger?
    very good poem Hank.

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  11. happy news... thanks for sharing this

    happy sunday ~

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  12. Such lovely happy pictures and words to gladden anyone's heart.

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  13. Such an exciting time to be able to share by texting. Congrats to all and blessing of a happy life to the little one.

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  14. If THIS doesn't fit thee prompt! My goodness! What a wonderful delivery...no pun intended. Thanks so much for sharing the delight, surprise, and celebration with us!

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