Yup our minds are incredible. You just need to trigger it with a thought and away it goes into an auto mode and here goes mine.....
At this point in our life, we have one Chinglish daughter in Beijing and another who just landed in Salt Lake City who might turn out to be a 'Utard'(Utah Mormon)! With 4 boys still 'hatching' at home in Kuala Lumpur loaded with tonnes of homework in 3 languages and a Singaporean mom who declared recently she has lived more of her life in Malaysia than Singapore, I like to ask you if you want some M & M kids that we have produced?
Yup, M & M kids coz they're Malaysians and Mormons, what a combination isn't it? A US 'Utard' friend and associate of mine flew in recently to Kuala Lumpur to conduct a workshop and we met in a busy intersection in KL. It was his first visit to Malaysia and one of his first comments was how he loved the excitement of the place and the high energy level of the people.
In retrospect I told him that having lived all my life in Malaysia, I am intrigue myself how a unique culture has evolved from the diversity of the people living peacefully in this land. In many ways I said it was like America which gave freedom to the people by law or constitution. Here the people enjoy freedom by sheer respect and love of one another. It made the races blend though they may be so diversed in their food,language, religion or way of dressing.
In America people lose their culture by becoming an American in that giant melting pot. Here they continue to live, worship and dress the way they choose all so differently but equally acceptable. In that busy intersection, we could see Africans, Caucasians, Arabs and a host of Asians walking freely, seemingly happily and most important, peacefully. This is the land of Malaysia!
More about the infusion of Mormon culture into our home and its effects later... the other M part of the equation.