Hello, I’m a driver mom. In Filipino, Tsupernanay!
I drive my kids everyday.
And everyday, I get something from them. Something funny, something precious, something that gets me pondering… I think that kids have far more wisdom than most adults do.
It’s often from their innocent remarks in unguarded moments that I learn more about them. That’s why I make it a point to talk to them while we’re driving home or to school. (Well, sometimes, when they still have much energy left after school and are bickering at the back, I’d rather have silence. Sometimes I get it. Most of the time, I don’t.)
This is an attempt to document these moments, those somethings. Here are my driver mom stories.
Yesterday, January 13th, on the way home from school.
Me: V, di ba may homework kayo sa Guidance*?
V: Uhmm, opo, yung what famous person do I want to imitate when I grow up.
Me: Did you do it?
V: No. Eh, pwede pa daw sa Friday.
Me: Okay, let’s do it later. So who do you want to imitate?
V: A famous singer… Michael Jackson!
Me: (*scratches head*) Uhmmm. Nice…. (with a tinge of uncertainty)… Who else? Don’t you have anyone else in mind?
V: Uhhh… Sino pa ba ang famous singers na girl? Basta I want to be a famous singer…
Me: Madonna? (Material girl? Ay, wrong hirit!)
V: Sige na nga, si Cory Aquino na lang.
Me: Ok. (With much satisfaction in voice)
Patch: (sleepily. Apparently awake and listening) I wanna be like the guy who invented Facebook…
Me: Ooooooh, nice!
1. Kids know; they can hear dissatisfaction when it’s there.
2. Don’t try to tell your kids what you want them to be when it comes to careers. They’ll end up doing what they want to anyway, sooner or later in life.
3. Don’t be scared when your child tells you he/she wants to be a singer. That will still most probably change. (Years ago, V said she wanted to be a shoe designer. Years later, she wanted to be a house designer. Yesterday, she wanted to be like MJ.)
*Once a month, the school’s Guidance Department has a session with each class to discuss certain values, current events that impact the students’ lives, etc. This is apart from the regular subject, Edukasyong Pagpapahalaga (Values Ed).