“I was born with an enormous need for affection, and a terrible need to give it.”
I love this Audrey Hepburn’s quote a lot as it reminds me myself as a little child. I was born with an enormous need for affection, especially affection from my dad. ‘Dad’ was the first word I said in my life and the only one I kept saying over and over before I even learnt to walk properly.
My dad had a mustache at that time. Funnily enough, somehow I started ‘seeing’ all men with mustaches as my ‘dad’, smiling to total strangers, calling them ‘dad’, giving them hugs, showing them my toys and blabbering non-stop in my toddler’s talk. Whether it was on a bus, in a shop or any other public place, as soon as a man with a mustache appeared in sight, my mum and grandma knew another embarrassing moment was coming, with them trying to drag me off the poor guy apologizing profusely. Luckily, no man ever complained. They only smiled and laughed…
The most embarrassing incident was when I developed nasty pneumonia and was taken to the hospital. Everything was OK, until the doctor came to see me – and guess what, he had a mustache. In spite of the nasty pneumonia, somehow I managed to wrap my arms around his neck, screaming ‘dad, take me home,’ while my mum and all the duty nurses were desperately trying to peel me off that doctor. Hope, that incident did not put this poor doctor off a career in pediatrics.
Then one day my dad shaved off his mustache and I burst into tears as I did not recognise him…
What about you? What was the most embarrassing moment in your childhood?