I had written an entire post with this title last week but I did some blunder and it went unsaved Writing it again as this was an important part of our initial life in Sydney. So, here goes:
As I had mentioned earlier, we were living in Gordon in a shared accommodation. There lived a Chinese lady S with her barely a year old son J. She mostly kept to herself and it was hard to tell that such a small kid lived next door as there was hardly any sound coming from her room. She would go out in her own car which was parked outside the house. We exchanged smiles whenever we bumped into each other initially. After a couple of days, Abbas (being the talkative bloke that he is) broke the ice and initiated a conversation with her. Slowly we began talking more and started sharing our life stories with each other. S had lived in Sydney for many years and was moving to another place soon. We came to know that the only reason that she was there was to sell off few of her belongings. Abbas made no delay in inquiring about the items that she had. It would be a good deal for both of us. We needed basic things when we moved in to an empty house, she needed to sell them as quickly as possible. She took us to the Storage place where she had hired a room to keep her things. We decided on buying a cot, a small cabinet, a toaster, washing machine, 3 storage boxes and a soup pot. All her items were as good as new and she was giving them away for an extremely reasonable price as it was easier for her. On the way back she drove us around Sydney to show the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Sydney Fish Market and also an area where she used to live and showed us a market where we could get cheap groceries. We enjoyed her company as she gave us a lot of information about life in Sydney. She was also sweet enough to set up a Chinese van hire which was very cheap to move the goods to A’s garage which was in the same street as the house we were going to move to. We were yet to get the keys to our house.
She would tell me that she loved the smell of my coffee. So, I made a cup for too. After that I used to always ask her before making coffee. One day Abbas mockingly asked her what she was going to cook for us. She took it seriously and made dumplings for us from scratch. I enjoyed seeing the entire process and learning from her. When she left, she gave a lot of hair accessories as gift to Mantam as she loved their hair. J was an adorable kid and was the most easiest to handle. It must have been because of the fact that he had only seen his mom ever since his birth and he knew that his mom has a lot to do. He never even squeals when his mum puts him on the pram when she is busy doing something. She gives him finger food and he happily nibbles on them without any fuss. He would come to all of us with such ease. We grew so very fond of him. S had been through a lot in her life and it was amazing to see such immense strength and vigour she had in herself. Single parenting is extremely hard and we were in awe of S with the way she made it seem effortless. We really missed S and J after they left us. We still remember them and wish both of them all the happiness in the world.