My father coolly picked up the Islamic grave stones and returned them to where they should belong.
Regarding the plucking of the orchid flowers from the prison garden after the free show of open air movies, it was all my fault as I was the elder one. It was a haunting experience as the wardens (not in uniform) were very fierce in reprimanding us. I could not remember your brother King Kong's presence there.
I did not know the fire gutted down the grocery store belonged to Francis Lim's father. I thought it was some one else's. Francis's parents and we were neighbours at LamAikLong (Lee Rubber FActory) quarters at the 4th Mile, Bukit Pasir Road. His father worked there a while until they moved to Singabong (Sungei Abong). It was my mother's fiery temper that fouled our childhood days with francis. I sincerely wanted to say 'sorry' to Francis. The issue was brought up during Jesse Van Drissen's moral class when we were in Form 1 or Form 2. I told the class in my halting English that there was some misunderstanding (turned into ugly quarrels) between our parents. I actually was okay with Francis anyway. He turned up to be such a nice guy when we met during the past few SAS Old Boys' gatherings. He is a staunch Christian and I think that plays a part in his idiosyncrasy, i.e. his gentle, easy going and friendly way.
CC mentioned that we had three maids while staying at the rubber factory quarters! For that matter I could not remember; perhaps we had two alright. They were the mother and adult married daughter team who stayed a few houses away. The older lady to whom we called 'Ah Mah' looked after us since we were toddlers; They were nannies to us too to provide us their natural mother's milk, if I did not remember wrongly. One of them also cooked for our family. My parents were too busy as they're teachers who spent their off duty hours playing mahjong.
Jeremy, I want to differ, in quoting Robert Graves's famous catch words from his ever popular book "Goodbye to all that" he wrote regarding the First World War:
If I were to relive those years, I would not want to behave or experience those awful years again. It's Goodbye To All That!