The Story of Nuri and Emily

WHILE MY FIRST friends were those I made when I first attended school at seven years old, one of Emily’s first friends came along BEFORE she was even born.

Nuri and Emily were born three weeks apart but were destined to meet.

Nuri comes from a lovely and “da-rling” family – his full name is Danuri, sisters Danita and Danina, parents David and Daravan.

Nuri is named after Typhoon Nuri that battered Hong Kong one day in August of 2008. His parents had driven through Signal 9 to get to the hospital for his safe delivery on 23rd August.

(No. 9 signal is issued by the HK Observatory when “gale, or storm-force winds are increasing or expected to increase significantly in strength.” That was the first No. 9 signal in five years.)

For Nuri’s sake, I was secretly thankful it wasn’t Typhoon Wanda (1st Sepember 1962) that came that day, else I might not be calling him Nuri today! Typhoon York (16th September 1999) or even Typhoon Victor (2nd August 1997) would not have been so bad.

As Nuri lay safe and snug in his mother’s arms, “more than 400 flights were reportedly delayed or cancelled. Typhoon Nuri had wrecked 180 fish hatcheries in Tai Po and forced the Olympic horses out of Hong Kong.” (South China Morning Post, 23 August 2008)

When Daravan and I first met in October 2008, we bonded instantly over our babies. And Moscow – we were there at different points of our lives. Whenever we met over lunches or dinners, we’d exchange stories of Nuri and Emily, and I’d practise my Paruski with Daravan, master of six languages, including Russian and French.

The babies finally met one day in April.

Making friends; Emily captured the special moment; Nuri is surrounded by the girls. (4 April 2010)

WAIT! That’s not the end of the story. The next day they came for a visit, without Nuri, though. (5 April 2010)

So we arranged a playdate at AMC where Emily clearly enjoyed Nuri’s company. (5 September 2010)

"Just the two of us at the Adventure Zone... till our sisters barged in; as did our parents!"

“Just the two of us at the Adventure Zone… till our sisters barged in; as did our parents!”

"We enjoyed dinner and even shared a birthday cake."

“We enjoyed dinner and even shared a birthday cake.”

“Another lunch date – just the two of us – this time at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel…” (12 September 2010)

Along came Mickey, Goofy and Pluto…

Along came Mickey, Goofy and Pluto…

"... and the sisters, and the THE WHOLE JINGBANG AGAIN!"

“… and the sisters, and the THE WHOLE JINGBANG AGAIN!”

"We celebrated our birthdays again and had a cake each, rested after a full lunch."

“We celebrated our birthdays again and had a cake each, rested after a full lunch.”

Emily suggested to Nuri, “Let’s go for a walk over there”; and so they went for a stroll in the garden; except that Nuri appeared distracted. Perhaps he was thinking, “Wouldn’t it be nice to walk through the heart-shaped arch?”

Emily suggested to Nuri, “Let’s go for a walk over there”; and so they went for a stroll in the garden; except that Nuri appeared distracted. Perhaps he was thinking, “Wouldn’t it be nice to walk through the heart-shaped arch?”

Our second last meeting. (4 October 2010)

Our final meeting, all smiles for a group photo outside Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, the tears came soon after 😦 Incidentally this huge “crying structure” was at the harbour front! (5 October 2010)

Я помню, пить много воды… Я скучаю по тебе моя дарагая.

May we meet again one day in future 🙂

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