Our Saturday was preoccupied with back-to-school preparations. Yup, no more lazy days of summer as we put away those PS2s, bicycle, and tablets. Good thing, too, the boys were so cooperative that day that we got to finish almost everything before 12-midnight ticks.
1. how we “plastic cover” 34 books in a day
Of course, I did not want my boys’ new school books all tattered beyond redemption. So to save them from creases and folds, this mother patiently covered with a book film all her children’s textbooks and workbooks. And she hoped (ow dear heavenly God, please listen , too) that the clear plastic cover can keep her kids’ school books in pristine condition.
2. custom printed name stickers for the boys’ school supplies
I for one do not like stickers especially if they are pasted on walls and notebooks. For my boys, though, and perhaps to other youngsters, stickers are hugely popular. Aside from their appeal, these sticky papers are also quite stimulating and pretty to look at. Quite possibly, it was the places that my children choose to stick them that make me not want stickers.
Anyway, this same idea made me decide to print name tags on adhesive papers for my boys. Sticking stickers that appeal to their interest might not tire them from helping me put labels on their school supplies.
3. sew patches on school uniforms
16 brand new white polo shirts needing patches. Enjoyed sewing my boys’ uniforms (even if it was just sewing the patches and student’s name). Buying uniforms from the school can be easier than buying from a department store. The former will definitely save more time.
Perhaps the boys and I have spent the afternoon sewing patches. The children were all supportive threading the needle and tying a knot at the end of each thread. This simple yet sincere gesture was very helpful for this mother to finish her sewing in no time.
4. hem the boys’ school pants for that perfect length
Finding ready-made school pants with just the right length was somehow difficult. And what made it doubly difficult was the fact that this mother has to alter 15 school pants on a Saturday as two days from that day would be the start of classes already.
Again, the boys wasted no time to help their mother. After I have folded up the bottom of the pants, it was the boys who pinned the hem in place. And with everything in place, I found it easy to stitch around the circumference of the pant leg. Though I could use my old reliable portable sewing machine, I preferred to do it by hand as I could always adjust and take out the hem later if the boys grow taller.
5. soak. wash. rinse. dry.
Wash day at the small house has always been a Saturday. Before, I had hesitations to ask the boys in doing the laundry. That Saturday though was different. I tried to encourage my kids to be part of the process. and thankfully though, they participated without any grumbling, and did their part to get the task done.
My bunso, who has always been sweet and helpful, was so involved with the responsibility. He would drain the washing machine when told and would hang the clothes to dry.
This mother is very hopeful that by involving her children with the laundry, they may continue to help her as they grow older. Also, by the time they could live on their own, at least they know how to run a laundry machine and wash clothes.
By the way, we did the laundry in between the covering of books and sewing of clothes. It was Bunso’s task to check from time to time if the machine has stopped spinning.
6. simple pleasure of life — squid balls break!
Often than not, things that give us meaningful happiness are the simple pleasures of life. From time to time, to not bore the boys from helping this mother and for her not to hurt her back from sitting long time, we also prepared food to stop our stomach from growling.
For our snacks, we had stir-fry rice noodles and a bowl of squid balls. We got our squid balls not from the street hawkers but from the frozen section of a supermarket. And what was extra special with our squid balls was that it was the boys who deep-fried them in canola oil.
7. fatigue fighters for lunch
I’ve once heard in an interview with former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo that they would always have fish on their dining table. It’s because fish is food for the brain as well as good source of protein. I believe in her.
So for lunch, we prepared fried fish and pechay Taiwan in oyster sauce; and in a few minutes, everything’s wiped out. Only the head of the fish was visible.
During dine outs, we usually splurge on milkshakes, so why not make one to complement our fried fish and pechay Taiwan? And the best choice– mango milkshake as my boys so love mangoes very much!
Not only did the mango energize the boys, it also reduced the hunger pangs of the kids, making them work like robots the whole afternoon. My intention, exactly.
It was a tiring day, but definitely a productive one. Also, we got to bond and made up for lost times. I was so busy for the past few months; very engrossed with my business trips that I somehow disregarded my boys’ school needs. Thank you, dear Lord, for giving me time to make amends.
Three days from now will be a new Saturday. and I’m looking forward to that day because I promised my boys to bring them to the movies! “Edge of Tomorrow,” here we come!