Classes were suspended again today due to typhoon signal no. 1 and heavy rains. The kids and I decided to watch the video of High School Musical 3 for the first time. Or so I thought. Halfway through the movie, Ryan came to me, teary-eyed and remorseful and said “Mom, this is not the first time I’m watching this.” I asked him to explain. He said that he watched it before in Samuel’s house without asking for our permission. He is clear on the rule that they can’t watch a movie without dad’s or mom’s permission. At this point, he was all broken up and talking in between sobs. I asked him what made him tell me now. He said “I know I shouldn’t keep secrets from you, that’s why I told you.” I told him his dad would have to know about this and then I gave him a hug and said “Thanks for telling me. You did the right thing.”

Our kids will never be perfect. They will make mistakes. They will disobey. But my hope as a parent is that sooner or later they would come to their senses, remember what we have taught them and do the right thing in the end.

Chicken Mommy

We were having a meal together as a family. Janina was eating “Lucky Me” chicken mami noodles. I ask Ryan a question, “Do you want chicken mami?” With a confused face, Ryan replies, “No, I don’t like. I want YOU, mom…not a chicken mommy.”


There was quite a handful of parents waiting for their kid’s dismissal. Some were on the bench, others were talking in groups, and I was standing by myself, waiting and wondering how Nathan’s first day in highschool went. I thought i would have it easy by now, after all the years of “first day in school.” But I guess a mom’s heart never changes. I was always the one who’s had to deal with separation anxiety.  And I don’t think I will ever outgrow it.