“I like how it feels being five.” Zienne admitted that to me this afternoon after coming home from celebrating her birthday with her preK class. Five years ago, Perze and I welcomed Zienne into the world, praying over her and reading Psalms 20. I look back at those verses every birthday and I’m reminded not just of Zienne as an amazing blessing for us, but how good God is. Zi, You are an amazing little girl, full of spirit, pensive potential, and a ball of such promise. I’m just amazed with you, the crazy and brilliant things you say, your persistence to learn new things no matter how frustrating. Your drive to mirror your older sister has catapulted you quickly from being a toddler, to a quasi preteen sometimes- attitude, behavior, knowledge, and interests. The thought of you growing older each year always brings me to a doorstep of ambivalence, knowing the sadness of leaving behind your unimaginably cute idiosyncrasies yet excited to see your talents and purpose grow. Nevertheless, as we step into today, we are ever grateful, ever thankful of just being able to see your smile and hear your present laughter, all the things that make you […]
Last saturday was my Tatay’s birthday. He turned 72 this year. I remember the stories my Lola had when she gave birth to him. He was their eldest. Born right in the middle of World War II. They had to move around a lot because they didn’t want to be at the same place where the Japanese soldiers were. I can only imagine what it’s like to have a baby that young being moved around the province so they won’t get caught. There were stories of these Japanese soldiers throwing babies up in the air and catching them with their bayonets. That must have been a very difficult time to live in. He grew up, went to school, joined the army, taught physics at a local university, got married and had 5 kids, retired a full professor with a Ph.D. to boot. Got ordained as a minister of a non-denominational Christian organization and is currently working as an education consultant. Far and between that one fateful time in our history where you just don’t know if you’ll still be alive the next day. He did all right. Despite all circumstances. He lived, and lived a full life. During his tenure […]
Zi: Ate come here and see what Mamam made. Ate: (not even looking) wow, that’s amazing. Zi: Ate, don’t say “wow, that was amazing…..” You have to say “WOW!! THAT WAS AMAZING! Ate: Stop telling me what to do.