"Sssorryy, where are we going, who's birthday is it today?"
"We are going to Sheesh Mahal lah Bapak... I belanja... and it's nobody's birthday" says Muni who loves that restaurant because of their Palak Paneer (a blend of sauteed spinach, shallots, garlic and chillies topped with Indian cottage cheese). It's really very good.
"Then why are we going?"
"Don't you know, it's Mothers' Day?"
"Owh, Mother's Day..." ...duh and it's already half-past eight in the evening.
Aah never mind, whatever commercialised day has never been a big day in this household; Mothers' Day, Fathers' Day, Children's Day, Wives Day, Husbands' Day, Spoiled Cats' Day, etc. etc.
But this weekend was New-Cupboards Day. We took delivery of three spanking new wardrobes to replace the old furniture that had gone rickety with age and overload. As per hubby's liking, ours has mirrors in the sliding doors "to give the illusion of space" he says. Yeah yeah and it reflects the bed. His taste has not changed much over the years, I must say.
The children's have more shelves for not only their clothes but their books, gadgetries and memorablia as well. We all know how young adults accumulate cheap junk which all purportedly has sentimental value. But there's nothing like a new cupboard to prod them into re-organising their belongings.
So it was a 5S weekend for us. Those in government and GLC's are likely to be familiar with this Japanese concept.
"5S" stands for five (5) Japanese words that start with the letter 'S': Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu, and Shitsuke.
Seiri - Sort and Discard
Eliminate All unneeded items.
Seiton - Arrange and Order / Sanitize
Arrange all items that are left.
Seiso - Clean and Inspect / Shine
Clean all areas.
Seiketsu - Standardize and Improve
Maintain the first 3S
Shitsuke - Believe and Self-Disclipline
Believe that the 5S are important
It means that in a maidless household, everyone is a janitor! Actually this thing is a no-brainer, trust the Japs to package it and sell it like it is their heretofore unrevealed secret to management success.
And what started out with cupboards, extended to 5S operations of the back store-room because we had to put one of the old cupboards in there. As a result, we have a spanking tidy store-room due in no small measure to the elbow grease of a fifty-something who loves mirrors on wardrobes and for whom Mothers' Day doesn't ring a bell....
.... in conjunction of which I wish to share something from a book which I had forgotten I have until FB friend Shahieda mentioned it recently - "You Can Be The Happiest Woman In The World" by Dr A'id al-Qarni
5 YES's and 5 NO's that I have selected from the book:
YES! to your beautiful smile that sends a message of warmth and friendliness to others
YES! to your kind words that establish (permissible) friendship and dispel rancour
YES! to honouring one's parents, upholding the ties of kinship, honouring neighbours and caring for orphans
YES! to acceptable charity that brings happiness to the poor and feeds the hungry
YES! to reading useful, interesting and beneficial books
NO! to wasting time in trivial pursuits, and love of revenge and futile arguments
NO! to neglecting physical hygiene and cleanliness in the house
NO! to thinking of past calamities and dwelling on past mistakes
NO! to giving priority to money and accumulation of wealth over one's health, happiness, sleep and peace of mind
NO! to forgetting the Hereafter and neglecting to strive for it.
OK am off to 5S my dressing-table...