That was the day when I first got to know Lisa. And the place we met? The Subordinate Courts. Lisa was there with her hubby. She looked old and frail, but she always ready to be there for those who need them.
2 years before her death...
She came in the morning for my wedding. Wifey and I served her tea.
2 days before her death...
We visited Lisa in the hospital. And she was clueless about her condition. In her soft tone, Lisa sarcastically said if her daughter-in-law from hell (DILFH) visited her in hospital, she will recover immediately.
The day she died...
The DILFH did came, but only after she was informed of Lisa's passing.
1 day after her death...
It was a sunny day. But the moment Lisa's body was moved from the transport vehicle to the wake, it suddenly rained heavily out of nowhere. Any superstitious Chinese know that the rain symbolise Lisa's tears.
Lisa didn't die contented.
2 days after her death...
The weather was erratic. The clouds were gloomy, and it rained alot every now and then.
It is Buddhist custom for the descendants of the deceased and their spouses to be given plain white T-shirts to wear during the funeral. And no one should wear that T-shirt home, as they will be disposed after the whole wake ends. The DILFH caused quite a stir in the morning, by making DILFH's 4-years old daughter wear that T-shirt home.
After all, there's no better way to spite Lisa than to make sure that her favourite grand-daughter doesn't follow the custom. To make things worse, DILFH even asked her maid to wash the white T-shirt to make it "clean".
DILFH's hubby (aka Lisa's youngest son) was not totally unaware of his wife's unreasonable behaviour. Marriage is a one-direction path - you either get great returns, or you end up with great risks. Maybe he might have contemplated divorce, but that would equate to losing half of his wealth to the undeserving wife by law and endless monthly maintainance fees to her. In his case, the wife will probably be laughing all the way to the bank with that amount of money. Well done, Women's Charter.
Unlike adultery, being unfillial is not against the law. The only thing Lisa's youngest son could do was to ignore his wife during the wake.
The same day, he hugged his mother's coffin and broke down. Tears flowed endlessly from the face of this grown man.
He was a good son.
He just made one bad move.