How Christmas Came Down Like a Ton of Bricks on Me

The past few days morphed me into an inutile blogger.

There were the laundries in queue. There were the odd cleaning jobs that need attention fast because the season will not delay. There were the groceries that need to be purchased, and gifts that still need to be bought and wrapped, too. There were engagements, which are after all, parties that needed organization. There were invitations that cannot be avoided in this time of the year. And, too, there was an unexpected demise of someone close to us, making the whole thing sad.

The season is all commercial. It was very obvious that sales jobs boomed. And it’s all for the children. Why, when everybody is an adult, things will be much different. My friends’ parents will not take it against me when I only give them pieces of wood with adhered quotes on them for only twenty-five pesos each. Some adults will take those gifts as treasures. Though others will react differently, it would not be such a big deal if they didn’t like those gifts.

The season left me useless. I tired easily that words departed from me. My mind was a vacuum. Exhaustion took place and rendered me flaccid with the right things to think, and jot down. But I think I was an effective host, and maybe an organizer. These tasks demand a lot of everything from anyone.

The aftermath of Christmas day left me a load of laundries again, and piles of eating and cooking utensils to clean, and floors to sweep and mop.

I drank from it all, season’s jitters and disquiet. They must have made me strong still and writing again.

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Watch Out for the Extra

The season will offer a lot of food to eat that will give us many extras. Extra pounds will surely add to our weight. Extra bulges will actually show and the clothes will seem to shrink. Extra harm will be caused by the chemical reactions from the varied intake we will be having.

A dose of Lipofuze could help but what will truly help is to keep watch of what we ingest and control the amount. It is not objective to gobble a lot then extract everything in a jiffy. The body system might not be able to take the abrupt change nicely.

So, friends, I greet you in advance a healthy Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Enjoy but watch out for the extra!

The Nomenclature of Age

One day Papsie’s aunt passed by the house and she is already 81 years old. She still travels on foot and still looks active. Papsie and I really admired her for the vibrant demeanor. We were like wishing that we still have the stance if we’ll be blessed with a few more decades of life.

Mother-in-law reiterated her argument on what talisman Tia Ata and others like her have. There is none, of course. Even the best fat burner will not give back anyone even a little of the strength and vitality he/she once had in his/her youth. But Tia Ata was able to take care of herself. She was able to maintain a medium built body by not eating food with a lot of salt and with so much fat. Perhaps she’s not a stubborn senior citizen. Perhaps she’s active and did not stop mobilizing her limbs. Maybe she’s not counterproductive and still wants to help in her little ways. Maybe she chooses not to deteriorate fast.

Celebration! Drew at Two

It was not a Cyber Monday to me yesterday. It was celebration day for Drew’s birthday. He is already two years old! We gave him a folding trike that he appreciated with awe. Kids unconsciously fill us with joy.

Drew is Papsie’s grandson to his nephew Raffy. He is the little baby that used to be the subject of my picture takings. Well, until now, he is.

A high school classmate in Facebook asked me courteously if Drew is Kay’s son. Of course, I answered that he is not, and it gave me the chills. The thought of her being a young mother is frightening. Admittedly I find it cute when these little kids call me lola but not from my children – at the moment.

We always want the best for our children. But we actually do not have a hold on what will happen. It is at times scary but praying diminished the worries. I hope that they do not have to experience bad things to learn the lessons in life but that they use the experiences of others to learn them.

I am keeping my fingers crossed.

What is the most difficult job in the world?

From below which is the most difficult job?

  • President of America
  • lawyer
  • Supreme Court magistrate
  • doctor
  • engineer
  • president of an organization or a company

None of the above.The most difficult job is to be a mother.

All those mentioned above have abilities derived from education. But to be a mother, no university teaches a woman to be an ideal or a wonderful mother. A mother’s essence starts once she marries her husband or be with a partner she chooses to be the father of her own household.

After conceiving, and once a sign of life is felt in her womb, the responsibility of the toughest job in the world is already on her shoulders. The intricacy of birth giving that includes labor will inevitably but normally come to the mother. After giving birth, that would be the start of the toughest job she will have. She will take care of the baby and breastfeed or feed, will wake up in the wee hours of the morning or during midnight when the baby cries, will change diapers, or prepare the baby’s milk.

When the child grows, her partner will start to woo.If they were not able to take control of the situation, another baby comes when the first born still needs full attention, and then another, and then another. The difficulties are purely physical but there are more particular and harder things that a mother will have to face:

  • when the children had grown and starts to be her problems, the mother will use all her intellect and strength so that they will not go astray
  • when she forgets about herself and loses her beauty and youth, the partner starts to find another to fill in his sexual and fantasy needs adding up to the emotional hardships of the mother

Do you agree now that it is the toughest job in all the earth?

Do Not Underestimate Stupidity

What we have now is a confused citizenry. We, Filipinos, have a mind set that whoever is popular, or wealthy or wise should be the one to be entrusted the most sensitive positions in government. This with the many evidences of taking advantage of our own stupidity by undeserving people. We put people that has no clear platforms or programs that could elevate the country from the quagmire that it has been in for so many years.

We had put Gloria in her pedestal because of her wit. Because of her wit, we are now submersed more in deep trouble that includes debts, economic crisis, political arguments, and lack of many government services to the people. We had put Erap in the same pedestal because of his charm which was derived from being an actor. The ‘makamasa’ image is just an advertisement which many Filipinos hungrily bought. We had put Ramos (or did we?), too, because he is a strong man from the military who we thought could probably instill discipline and order in the country. We failed to realize that Ramos himself need disciplining. It was not only Gloria who traveled abroad and dined luxuriously. Fidel and Ming had probably done so many times and surreptitiously. Do we have to go back to the past to determine who among them robbed (not loved) their constituents the most?

I am sipping coffee now. I am thinking. Is there hope from the stupid decisions we made and will be making? Are we going to the same trend of voting for these traditional politicians? Well, all I can say is these politicians should not underestimate stupidity. As Buddha said, “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” It is awareness that the Filipino people need.

Do Not Underestimate Stupidity

What we have now is a confused citizenry. We, Filipinos, have a mind set that whoever is popular, or wealthy or wise should be the one to be entrusted the most sensitive positions in government. This with the many evidences of taking advantage of our own stupidity by undeserving people. We put people that has no clear platforms or programs that could elevate the country from the quagmire that it has been in for so many years.

We had put Gloria in her pedestal because of her wit. Because of her wit, we are now submersed more in deep trouble that includes debts, economic crisis, political arguments, and lack of many government services to the people. We had put Erap in the same pedestal because of his charm which was derived from being an actor. The ‘makamasa’ image is just an advertisement which many Filipinos hungrily bought. We had put Ramos (or did we?), too, because he is a strong man from the military who we thought could probably instill discipline and order in the country. We failed to realize that Ramos himself need disciplining. It was not only Gloria who traveled abroad and dined luxuriously. Fidel and Ming had probably done so many times and surreptitiously. Do we have to go back to the past to determine who among them robbed (not loved) their constituents the most?

I am sipping coffee now.  I am thinking. Is there hope from the stupid decisions we made and will be making? Are we going to the same trend of voting for these traditional politicians? Well, all I can say is these politicians should not underestimate stupidity. As Buddha said, “If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.” It is awareness that the Filipino people need.