double take

June 6, 2009 • 2 comments • no views

I had one obsession growing up; Sweet Valley kids books.\’a0\
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OMG I had the whole collection! I loved reading so much as a kid, and my room was basically a library of young adult books such as Sweet Valley, Babysitters Club, and MaryKate and Ashley series. And I know I wasn’t the only one! Everyone I know has at least read one Sweet Valley book.\’a0\
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As I grew up, there wasn’t enough space in my room, so my mom boxed all the old books up and stored it away in a safe place. That was more than\’a010 years ago. I always dreamt of having a library in my own house in the future, and having my daughters read those “antiques” and enjoy them as much as I did.\
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I asked my mom recently where all my books were. “Oh I gave them away to a school library,” she answered nonchalantly.\’a0\
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WHATTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!\
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I was devastated! Those books were my treasures. I kept them so well and made sure none of the pages were torn or even creased. I kept them in mint condition and it gave me so much pleasure to see all of them lined up neatly on my book shelf, in chronological order.\’a0\
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I almost cried, but I composed myself. It’s ok….it’s ok…breathe, I told myself.\’a0\
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So the books are now in the hands of some little girls in a government school in Kedah (where my grandmother was from), who probably are taking good care of them while reading, and putting them back in order. Back to the special Sweet Valley shelf they would have custom-built for my books.\’a0\
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Oh who am I kiddin?! They’re probably torn, probably thrown around everywhere, probably even lost. And definitely not lined up neatly in order. GASP. Oh the pain in my heart is coming back. No one could love my books as much as I did.\
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OK OK enough. It’s OK, my mom had good intentions to donate those books to encourage Malaysians to read and speak English with confidence. I should probably instill that in me too.\’a0\
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Ugh. But why my books though?! I’d rather buy them a new collection.\’a0\
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Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, where art thou? Oh how I miss them.\’a0\
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swk\
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One thing I was jealous of was the fact that they had each other. I always thought having a twin was such a magical thing, and since they’re very rare, they must have some special power, right?\’a0\
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It must be really weird having someone looking like you walking around the world, and people mistaking her as you. It must be especially confusing for the guy dating an identical twin.\
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I don’t have many friends that are twins. But the ones I do know are as different as night and day. One will be outgoing, one will be more reserved. One will be crazy, one will be composed. One will like red, one will like blue. Because of this, they complement each other. Which is so beautiful.\
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Recently, a friend of mine celebrated her birthday with her twin.\’a0\
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That’s when I realised I don’t want a twin anymore. You have to share birthday parties and cakes. Hehe. But they didn’t seem to mind, though.\
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So, here’s to my twin friends who just celebrated 22 years of age. Oh btw, they were the first test tube babies in Malaysia. How cool is that to put on your resume??\

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