My kids are getting wittier, their humor surprises me sometimes.
The other day, Patch must have noticed the greater time I spent offline than on:
Patch: Ma, bakit di ka na masyadong nag-cocomputer?
iMom: Ummm. Wala, pagod lang ako lately. At nakakatamad din.
Patch (wide-eyed): Who are you?? And what have you done to the Computer Addict??
Very funny! I almost fell off my chair, laughing.
On another day, I was working on my Christmas list. I thought I’d ask my kids what they wanted. That would make my life so much easier, and theirs happier. While it took a while for Patch to come up with hers, V almost instantly blabbed out her wish list.
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‘Tis the season of dear-teacher letters. (fa-lalalala-lalalala)
Last week I wrote Patch’s Art teacher (who, btw, has not responded. Ugh. Talk about communication, or the lack of it).
Earlier this week, I saw some mommies in school going around and asking parents to sign a letter. Being the curious human being that I am, I asked what it was all about. They said it was a letter addressed to the Principal, about how our Grade 1 kids were having so much difficulty with the Chinese subject.
True! I agreed with them. My kids (esp. VGood) abhor learning Chinese already, simply because the subject has to be made extra-difficult.
One of the complaints is that coverage of tests is not specified. So the kids end up studying a very wide scope. Since last week, my daughter has been studying sixty-two – 62!! – characters for the test on Friday (has it been moved to Tuesday?). By “studying”, I mean: writing (with correct strokes), sight-reading, and proper pronunciation. She’s just a kid, yet her brain is expected to work with the memory of a super computer! Continue reading Dear Mrs. Chinese Teacher
Three weeks ago, VGood’s English teacher Mrs. M, newly employed by the school this year, was absent for several days. I assumed she resigned, and was even feeling bad because she is a good teacher. She handled her class very well, was approachable, and spoke good English. It was the school’s loss, I thought.
Two weeks ago, my girls and I went to V’s classmate’s birthday party. I saw Mrs. M there. Carrying her two-year old daughter, she said she was just dropping by to say good-bye to her students. Things happened so suddenly. She had just filed her formal resignation that Friday, she said.
Why? What happened? I asked.
Her eyes welled up with tears as, unconsciously, she drew her little girl closer to her. She told us (me and several other school moms) how her teenage son came home unannounced one afternoon and discovered his little sister tied to the stairs by the yaya! Continue reading Life 101: Househelp Blues and Parental Presence
Yesterday, my lovely daughter, iPatch, turned 11. In two years, she will officially be a teenager. How I wish time would stand still.
Patch is a typical big sister. In school, I was told by her teacher that she always volunteers to help in projects and tasks. Here at home, she likes to baby-sit little brother Nate, and break up fights between him and VGood. At times, she teaches V her lessons.
She also has an ongoing affair with books, specifically Nancy Drew books. Since last year, she has read 20 of the super-sleuth books (she keeps a record). I encouraged her to read because it will greatly help her in her English lessons. Now she knows I was correct. She’s breezing through her English tests.
Patch loves to have fun. She is bubbly, funny, friendly, talkative (too much, i think). She is also smart – the brains behind certain protests in the past. 😀
I have truly been blessed with a wonderful daughter.
Happy birthday, Dear Patchy. You’re 11 now, but don’t grow up too fast. iMom isn’t ready just yet. I Love you.
The other day I received a letter from my two girls. “Dear Computer Addict”, it began.
The letter, written in 3 pages torn out of a small notebook and folded into a roughly done envelop, read:
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