My blankie

13:43 Yannie 42 Comments

This is my favourite blanket. It was given to me by my childhood friend, BL's mother. Let just call her as Auntie in this post. Auntie sympathized me for losing a mother at the age of 17. They stayed at the housing estate opposite my housing estate. I can vividly remember that she rode on her motorbike to drop by my house a few times. She came talking to me.. She also shared with me how to do some house chores. Especially my big sister had also married and left the house that time.

2 years after my mom had passed away, Auntie came to my house on her motorbike again. I was at the porch hanging clothes, she helped me to hang the rest of my clothes. Then she passed me this piece of her handmade blanket.

Since then, I used it every night, except on days that I washed it. When I finished my Form Six, I went to a local university in KL, I carried this blanket with me to the campus. When I finished my degree, I went to work in a company in Penang, I also carried the blanket with me to the place I rented. When I married and relocated back to my hometown, I still used the blanket. When I had become a mother of two, and we had a privilege to travel, we bought two blankets, both made with 100% silk in Hong Kong, I still like this blanket the most.


I am not trying to over exaggerate here. It is a very comfortable blanket, it is not too thick on warm day, it is also not too thin on cold day. The length of the blanket suits my height well. After wearing for more than 20 years, it is torn at a few places, this never causes me to love it less. I told BL about how much I like her mother's blanket. She was surprised to know that I still treasure the blanket, although it is torn after many rounds of washing and drying.

BL and her family came back for Cheng Beng last weekend. She asked me out and handed another 3 pieces of Auntie's blankets.


I was so happy and I lost the words to express how thankful I am to Auntie and BL. These are the best gifts I ever had, they are priceless, they are made with love.

BL, please tell Auntie, I will treasure these blankets till I die.

42 comments:

  1. that is a touching post, Yan.

    Such a treasure.

    Your aunt must know how much you love it. :-)

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    1. Not easy to make. Takes a lot of patience. Only Auntie who love you so much can take the time and effort to make this for you

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    2. The other two is for April n may ya..

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    3. But over the years am sure you treat her like a mother and BL as your sister

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  3. wah....i would love such gift till I die too ! Got very high sentimental value. Really priceless and coated with LOVE ! U r very lucky.

    My mum made 2 blankets for my kids too. It took her a very long time to do it. I will get my kids to treasure the blankets forever.

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  4. nice blankie.. I had one of this kind too.. sewn by my mother.. kept in the cupboard coz too sayang to use...

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  5. very sweet and kind Auntie!! she must have treated you like her own daughter all these while.. you are really lucky to have met her in your life Yannie.. she took initiatives to help and guide you after your mom's departure, this is really one of the best thing a human being could ever do..

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  6. and that blanket 百子千孫被 is truly a blessing to you!! it symbolizes a lot of 福氣 in this blanket, and given that it's all handmade by an old Auntie, you are actually being given all the good chi from here!! so you have one that lasted for 20 years, and now you have three brand new ones!! awesome..

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  7. maybe you want to learn how to make this kind of 百子千孫 blanket, and give it to Auntie.. it doesn't have to be as well done as hers, but i am sure the elderly would be very happy to receive such thing.. as it really mean a lot in the chinese tradition.. show her your love like she has showed you.. :)

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  8. What a touching post!!! =]

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  9. Your blankie reminds me of my girl's stinky bolster, kikiki...

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    1. BL has such a doting mom, and I truly believe that our friends' mom is our mother too (though not biological).

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    2. My best friend's mom feeds me with delicious homemade fishballs and steamboat every year when I visit them during Chinese New Year.

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  10. Such a touching post Yan.
    I know you're not exaggerating, I have a similar blanket at home, it's really comfy! Plus, this is a blanket full with memory for you, for sure you love it to bits!

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    1. Moreover, it has your 'smell', hehehe... ;)

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  11. So nice! My mum used to make for us...but they're all gone now. :(

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    1. hmmm, i wonder.. the one your mum made for you when you were small, could probably only cover your tummy right now?? >.<

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  12. So sweet of Auntie! Though you lost your mum at a young age, you are nevertheless blessed with many people loving you and many good friends too.

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  13. so sweet, both you and Auntie :)
    such a priceless treasure you have, Yan :)

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  14. i'm touched too! this is really priceless!

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  15. Understand how you felt towards the blankie, your beloved mummy and auntie's love. She is so caring that she sewn up 3 blankets for you and hubby, April and May.

    My grandma used to sew this kind of blankie for us.

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  16. When I was a kid, I have this type of blanket too. You are lucky to have a kind auntie ..,

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  17. Oh wow! And now your daughters will be able to keep these for another 20 years and MORE!!

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  18. People say this blankie represent thousand of blessing and wishes to the one who received it. This auntie is very very kind.

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  19. Guess right now you are using it cover or body... sleep tight Yan. Good Night.

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  20. I hv this kind of blanket at home too. My mum bought it for my girl. She still likes it the most.

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  21. It's a touching story. Your auntie is so thoughtful.

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  22. Hi Sheoh Yan, Holy Smoke! You kept, had that patchwork blanket all the years?
    Reminds me of that cartoon, 'Peanut's'. Always with the blanket.
    I guess it does has it's sentimental value.
    And now 3 new ones too.
    They're beautiful.

    My wife made a patchwork blanket too, and but only for single person....for summer use....
    Yes, even in Canada, lots of women sew patchwork blankets, and of late, the malls sometimes have sidewalk sale, like pasar malam, and China women selling these patchwork blankets, but quilted, can use for winter.

    Hey...your Niagara Falls thoughts instigated my latest....and I bet this one will ahemmm, be like that lipstick, ha ha ha. Be seeing you. Stay beautiful.
    Lee.

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  23. Very touching story...
    The blankets ' colour are very nice.

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  24. Hi Yan, nice blankie and very sentimental value. Glad to know that you appreciate this type of handmade patchwork.

    I too enjoy sewing patchwork blankets and comforter but some I used hand sew cos I cut out the hexagon shape and join into flowers shape. Actually it's fun to join the small pieces of cloth together but need lots of patience.

    Have a nice day.

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  25. aww...reading this gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. the auntie is so kind. these are the best kind of blankets that money cannot buy :)

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  26. i dont remember i had this blanket or not when i was small but my brother did. and my kids are so privilege to have those blankets. they are made of love. and thanks to my baby sitter who loves both kids so much that each of them have at least one of this blanket.

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  27. I wish there is a 'like' button like the one we have on FB!

    I love these blankets too and I'm using them now too, only difference is it's new lar, not so many years old... :P

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  28. Oh yes..I love this type of blanket, very comfy and soft. I have 2 pcs at home but sayang to use it.ahahhaha.

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  29. Aww...what a touching post. This auntie has such a big heart. Those are beautiful blankies.

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  30. Very touching. I love 百家被 too, it sew with love and their love cover us to sleep tight every night.

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  31. Love these blankets and love the colors combination... You did such a great job... I am impressed by your blog and will come back soon for more impression..!
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    1. Julian Levi loves blankets? Please don't come to my blog cos I don't have blankets! Muahahaha

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  32. Aiyo....Anay cried a tear after reading this blanket story! I wanna laugh cos it was so well written and could touch everyone's heart. I wished I could grab Yannie's blanket to cover my eyes. LOL.

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  33. Your Auntie is a great woman with full of kindness to care for you. She treats you like her own daughter. I used to have one sewn by my mum too with patch work on one side and she put satin on the other. Nice to cover myself but that was gone.

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