Friday, September 17, 2004

Happy Birthday

Ma, you would be 77 years old if you stayed on earth, but you left two years ago to a happier place. Happy birthday no matter what, have a great day wherever you are. I imagine you are enjoying the day with papa and KLan and grandma and others that love you. I miss you, I love you.

Saturday, September 11, 2004

Life Was Different Back Then

I used to love weekends, even back when I had three children already. It was enjoyable being together, it was fun to do things together. Little children are cuter, more obedient and more adorable. They demand less, they eat less and are less fussy in terms of choosing what to do at what time. They do what we do, they follow where we go, they fall asleep when they are tired. They are gorgeous.

Once a child passes that more or less ten years old mark, the life of the parents starts to change. They need to increase the frequency of orders into 7-10 times instead of 2-3 times when they are much younger. They wonder sometimes if their kids fall on their head recently as they seem to fail to focus on simple instructions. They also seem to lose much of their ability to listen and hear properly. They wonder if their kids have developed some hearing problem. They fail to exercise instructions such as: "Pick up your towel from the floor!" or "Wash your plate!" or "Pick up the eraser and pencil that you drop!" Reminders such as "practice piano now!" that are repeated 6 times are constantly replied with: "Wait!" and "Later!"

Can't wait til this period is over!