20 Month Old

My little monster is 20 month old

He is at an age

where anything and everything

fascinates and could catch his eye

Apart from doodling and flipping his brother’s books

he loves all things round

whether they spin or they bounce

from Beyblades to giant wheels

from toy cars to tennis balls

he loves and wants to grab them all

usually a tad more than his little hands would permit

and when a toy falls from his tiny grip

he would throw a fit

Yes, this guy has a foul temper and we wonder from whom he inherited it

And like most boys his age, he has his share of mischief scars

A broken front tooth and the remnants of a gash above his right eye

The latter was the result of a very bad fall

occurred not while running or jumping or climbing

but when he was simply walking

Yet the best way to make him happy

is to give him space and let him run

to where you find flowers, trees, birds, and bumble bees

and rocks and pebbles, mountains and streams

All these make him very glee

because each and every thing

is something new to see

even if it’s just hanging out with his favorite brother

and mimic all that the older one can venture

sometimes he will watch the world goes by

with his hands behind his back

or sometimes carrying a pack

but almost never just sitting back

Instead he will babble non-stop

with vowel-less mono-syllabic talk

where a train becomes a ‘ain’

and a car becomes a ‘ar’

Or sometimes he will just walk

with hiking stick or not

so much that we wonder when he will stop

perhaps to hold a tiny friend

or to spread the seeds of life

or just to say hi to a passing dog

to whom he will just say “og, og, og”


Yes, he is 20 months old today

and how time flies with just a bat of an eye




  1. Mrs T says:

    Hi Rachel, your boys are growing fast! Mal turning to be a fine young man now and Marcus is so…..cheeky. We are envy! My boys are not really expose to doing “men” stuff like mountain hiking, their parent’s fault!

    • malmal says:

      hi Mrs T, ya they are indeed growing fast. Don’t be hard on yourself…I am sure u did plenty of other things. There is no rush in exposing them to the ‘men’ stuff cos every Singaporean’s son will have to go through it when they reach 18 🙂 btw just pop by your site and realized u have closed down your blog ?

      • Mrs T says:

        Hi Rachel, ya, many constraints killed my blogging spirits. So decided to close my blog and remained as silent reader of many awesome blogs instead. Yours is one of the sites which I will surely visit at least once a week! And you are also the only blogger who corresponded with me at this blogosphere. Thanks Rachel, keep up the good work, continue sharing all the good photos you took and your recipes! Take care.

        • malmal says:

          hey Mrs T, it’s a pity, but I am sure closing the blog will give u more time for other things. Thank you for following this site and thank you for the words of encouragement…I am truly flattered. I am thankful that through this blog, I discover the joy of writing and photo taking, will keep on blogging for as long as my energy and time permits 🙂

  2. Janet says:

    Loves all these pic that u’ve posted… Yes; truly agreed … How times flies… Parenting – a real challenge and tough role to play ^_*

    • malmal says:

      thank you janet…I used to think perhaps they should have some kind of degree or master course for parenting ! Being a parent can be a profession. HA

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