This is the special marble table with the four vintage and original kopitiam chairs that has seen four generations and has still maintained its superb position in the home . And I know my nephew has "that look" when he talks about his marble table today.
The story of this marble table goes back to the '30's. It was part of the new home of my second uncle and second aunt(the late Mr. and Mrs. Tiong Siu King) when they got married and moved in Bintangor from Sibu. It must have welcomed hundreds and thousands of guests in their lovely home in Bintangor and later in Sibu. When my second aunt passed away the table went to their eldest son John who lovingly kept it in his home in Sibu. However when John retired he moved to another country to be with his now grown up children. The treasured marble table could not be brought along so it had to go to another loving home - a maternal grandson who now lives in Miri. I consider this table a "true belonging".
At a very special gathering recently several families of the extended Tiong Clan met up. The evening saw the nieces and grandniece and granddaughter-in-law of Mr.and Mrs. Tiong Siu King sitting around the marble table and feeling how nice it was "visiting". Forgive me if I had then become a little emotional when memories of a sweet smiling Second Aunty asking me to eat more and that she would bring out some more food!! And somewhere quite near I could even hear Uncle Siu King turning the pages of his newspapers.
Do you have a special "belonging" you are very attached to ?