Shake like a toothache.
It is not even that joyous time of mandarin oranges, cymbals and ang pows yet, and already the question. This could mean only one thing.
Come future family gatherings and especially so during Chinese New Year’s, I will have to have a good answer at the ready.
Not that the question has never been asked before, but I suddenly feel the need to prepare myself. Just in case.
A rather delicate situation, this is. How do you talk about something that you are expected to have known by now – but which, in fact, is still pretty much non-existent in your life?
It is like knowing and yet not knowing.
“Aiyah... let your guard down a bit lah.”
“You have to put up the right signboards.”
... eh, what signboards? It is not like I have a “stay away” signage complete with neon lights blinking away merrily, permanently stuck to my forehead.
Truth is, I just do not make an effort to dive headlong into any of these things… yet. Do I think about it? Sure. Do something about it? No. Make a move? Har har.
I have always thought that I just have to be the right place, at the right time, with the right person. So I shall wait. But why can not the others? Besides, it is not even their worries to begin with. If anyone should be worried and desperately biting at their fingernails already, it should be me.
All right, I admit it. I have probably just… well, just! a tiny tinge of worry which I can easily shrug away and let it flow with the wind. This is not something I cannot take on at the moment. I will just live with that.
In any case, even if that question can easily be answered, it is not like you will be off the hook for good. You will simply just graduate to the next difficult question: “So… when are you two getting married ah?”