I always believe that a person’s character is engraved within. Through his actions and choice of words, one can demonstrate his character. It answers the what, how and why he did it. And at a tender age of four, I know that my second son had already built a character very distinct from his peers and even from his siblings. His actions and decisions are what form the very basis of his individuality. I call these defining moments.
Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right path, the the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.
Defining Moments on Never Give up
I visited my second son’s facebook and found this as his cover photo –
At some point in our lives, we get to the part when we feel like giving up. Oftentimes, we give up before we could even start. It is so inspiring to know that a nine-year-old boy believes in believing in himself and never ever giving up.
Keep going, second son!
Defining Moments on I can manage
August 12, 2013
I saw second son’s school bag. And it had a few uneven stitches. I looked closely and saw the big torn my nine-year -old boy tried to mend. He did not mention to his mama anything about the bag because as he told me, “I have managed to make it look decent.” He tried to apply some of the sewing principles and techniques he learned from school.
I am so proud of you, my dear boy. You can always “manage.”
Defining Moments on resourcefulness
September 27, 2013
resourceful: adjective/ able to deal skillfully and promptly with new situations, difficulties, etc.
Defining Moments on Helpful son
I once read that one can infuse a mundane task with a little bit of fun. This must have been what my 10-year-old boy saw thus decided to repair our key cabinet.
He went to our friendly neighborhood hardware store and bought six pieces small hooks. He removed all the old smaller hooks with his newly acquired ones. Good thing, too, he knows how to use pliers and screwdrivers to tighten things at home and do basic home repairs. Now, I need not worry about simple loose hinge or drawer handle. Good to have kids in the house!
Defining Moments on Perseverance
August 12, 2014
I have seen your persistence so many times. I have felt your wanting to go beyond and excel. And I so love you very much for that drive.
I read in some of your school works your thoughts about our family. I felt your fear, my boy. But still, you always manage to drive that apprehension away and make do of what you have. I love you more for that.
I do not want to say “I am sorry” for the life we have now as I believe we can always manage. It is more of “thank you” for being such a sweet and understanding boy. You are becoming a real gentleman. The words you speak and your sensitivity far surpass anyone your age.
Thank you, dear second son.
Defining Moments on Being Alone and Aloof
March 30, 2015
Omg. Second son is so like me when I was his age. While his brothers are playing, he prefers to sit by the bookshelf and read.
Defining Moments of Ingenuity
2. Second son unmindfully lost the screw that holds the frame of his eyeglasses.
3. The boy needs his eyeglasses at school.
4. Today is only Monday.
5. He uses a staple wire as a makeshift screw.
6. Second son can now use his eyeglasses temporarily and on Saturday, we will visit Del Mundo Eye Clinic for a quick eyeglasses repair.