ROSIE WONG with PETER ANTHONY: I AM GRATEFUL
“Having my first child was one of the happiness moments in my life”
Mixed-Race. Grandparents. Differently-Abled couple married for 36 years.
Story of Love. Gratitude.
"I love her for her unwavering positive attitude..."
"Think carefully", was the advice from the family when Peter Anthony broke the news that he wanted to wed Rosie as wife. “I love her for her unwavering positive attitude, she never gives up. She is very sociable and adventurous – she even climbed and conquered Mount Kinabalu”.
“We have been married for 36 years”, exclaimed Peter in a chuckle. “you got to be a friend in a marriage, not as a spouse. The loving couple who have 2 grown up children in their 30s stressed the importance of giving one another space and not one who’s dependent on the other. “I don’t see myself as different, I want to be as independent and not for Peter to be a slave to me”, exclaimed Rosie who lost her vision at 9 from a high fever and has been adapting to life in darkness since. “We work in synergy to adjust and adapt for convenience, no man is an island - It’s about sharing and doing things together, respect and compromises play an important role too”.
“I have played my role and fulfilled the duty as a mother and wife, and have brought up a family despite the challenges. Having my first child was one of the happiness moments in my life although there were times of frustrations but I’m fortunate to have Peter”. Now a proud grandma who celebrated her 69th birthday recently, shared the same motivation as her husband, is to look forward to the next trip to Australia to visit the ‘gem of their life” - their beloved granddaughter.
The semi-retirees who volunteer their time at SAVH, churches and various VWOs, shared that “giving is a way of life, happiness derives in helping people and nobody can take that joy away from you”. And “love is, (indeed) a chemistry”.