#3. A touch of wild

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My mother boiling rice parcels inside an old large kettle, using woodfire collected from our garden. Photo © Zarina Holmes

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I’m not sure if I should write about my mother. She’s an introvert and dislike attention. She would never get the point of social media. However my mother is quite relevant to this project because she had introduced an alternative way for me to live.

Mother came from a farming family and was raised in a rural village. Together with my father, she introduced a touch of wilderness in our upbringing. They are both post-war children and grew up in poverty. So, even though their economical situations had improved later on, my mother still keep some of the rural way of life going – like cooking over open fire, or growing own vegetables around the house. Occasionally my parents would keep animals like ducks or rabbits.

I’m not sure if I should write about my mother. She’s an introvert and dislike attention.

I didn’t used to like this pastoral way of life when I was younger, because I was excited about the city life and its promises. Now I find that I need it to stay grounded. The wilderness child inside has been suffocated long enough in the city. No matter how far I go in this world, I’ll always return to the familiar warmth and smokey perfume of our homemade bonfire.

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