MOMI CRIES| Second son’s sweet gestures

Jun 29, 2016 | Life, Love, Only Berlin

My Second son is now all grown up.  He is just 12 years old, but he speaks and acts just like any fine man I know.  Let me share with you some of the sweetest gestures ever by my young man through the years.

Second son’s sweet gestures:  LOOKING AFTER HIS MAMA

April 4, 2010, at the big house

The boys spent their summer vacation at the big house.  I visited them there and decided to spend the night in my old room – the room without an aircon, as the boys often describe.  My Second Son peeped then returned after a few seconds with his pillows.  He slept beside me.

I encouraged my boy to return to his room.  He told me the aircon wasn’t working well in the other room.  I checked the aircon unit and discovered that it was perfectly working contrary to my son’s claim.

The following morning, my mother related to me what Second Son told her last night.  “I want to sleep with mama in the other room.  She is alone.  When she returns to the small house, I will sleep beside you again (at the aircon room),” was Second Son’s statement.

I was on the phone with husband two days after the bedroom scene.  I mentioned to him the room transfer story.  He told me that he asked Second Son “to look after your mama when I am not around.”  That again explained why Second Son was sitting beside me while his two brothers were outside playing with their new motorcycle toy.

Second son’s sweet gestures:  FLOWERS FOR MAMA

May 14, 2013, at the small house

I love letter writing before.  I still love to do it sometimes, not that frequent as before though.  And I would always end my note with “a rose for you.”

Yesterday, I received a clay rose from Second Son.  And he made the rose himself.

Thank you, Second son.

Second son’s sweet gestures:  LETTERS FOR HIS PARENTS

July 24, 2014, at the small house

I was home by 10 pm last night.  No boys to welcome me; they were all upstairs sleeping.  But Second Son left a letter for me to read.


Second son’s sweet gestures:  A THANK YOU SONG FOR MAMA

June 13, 2014, at the small house

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

Got this quote from one of Mr. William Arthur Ward’s literatures.

And if my thoughtful bunso gave me P20 bill to show his appreciation, my Second son, on the other hand, played a lovely piano piece for his mama.    He played “Down In the Valley” twice and hugged me after.

I just covered their books with a plastic film — which I believe is an obligation — and I was repaid beyond what I have expected.

Crazy that I was hoping to get more “thank you” gifts thus volunteered to cover some more books.  This time, not their school books anymore but their book collections. Perhaps my timing was all wrong.  They didn’t even bother to look at my direction.  They were too busy playing PS2 and by the time I have finished covering all their books, they were too sleepy even to say thank you.

It was the next day when I got the hug and heard the beautiful piano piece.

Second son’s sweet gestures:  LITTLE M LOOKING AFTER HIS MAMA

Sept 23, 2014, at the small house

This mother was not feeling well.  She was in bed on weekends hoping to regain strength and catch up on lost sleep.

She woke up one afternoon from one of her long rests.  She paused and would want to cry.  She saw her young man M reading a book by the foot of her bed.  He must have been looking after her, always in standby mode and ready to lend a hand.  And to kill time, he had his book to entertain him, only that he preferred not to disturb his mama and just set up his little lamp to provide light.

Second son's sweet gestures

Second son’s sweet gestures


  1. PiaDy

    Your son’s the sweetest! <3 you're so lucky to have such a thoughtful and caring not-so-little boy. I especially love how he slept in your room to keep you company. it just shows that you guys really raised him well:)

  2. Michelle Solee (@michisolee)

    Aww, sweet. I like receiving letters too, my son sometimes give me notes like “happy birthday” or “happy mother’s day” minsan sa scratch paper pa. hahaha! My husband always tell my son “take care of mommy” naman before he leaves for business trip. lol

  3. gilian

    Having two boys with me, my heart melts at what your boys have become. We moms would just really want our boys to be raised up as young fine men. Less headache. Good job, mom! Keep it up!

    • momi berlin

      Thank you. And may we really be able to raise our boys as real gentlemen.

  4. den

    What a sweet kid. I have no boys yet and bunny is still small so I am not sure how she will make lambing. Your second son is such a sweet heart and you are lucky to have him. 🙂

  5. Coi (@coifishh)

    Awww that’s so sweet of your son! 🙂 Kudos to you Mommy for upbringing a gentleman! 🙂

  6. May De Jesus-Palacpac

    What a sensitive young man you have there. I mean that as a compliment. My middle child is just as sweet. I’m not sure if it’s a common thing?

    • momi berlin

      Perhaps? But that God for sweet kids.

  7. Qarah Moments

    What a sweet son you have! One of the best thing about being Mom of boys is you get to experience their natural gestures towards women. It’s like you are their queen. 🙂

  8. Nilyn EC Matugas

    I knew your kiddos are kind and sweet. I’ve seen Gab and my first impression of him is kind and helpful, and let’s not forget smart too! I knew he’s a reader the moment he was stunned at a woman’s deathly hollow necklace! haha. Such an amazing kid, sis. I can’t wait to see the 2nd kid, sya nalang di ko nakikita. haha.

    • momi berlin

      Haha. He loves mythology. He is into song writing. He studies guitar on his own. You will soon meet him. And thanks for the kind words.

  9. rowenarose

    Your son is sweet. I can’t help but say “aww…” when I was reading this. You are so lucky to have him.

    • momi berlin

      He can be so sweet and sometimes indifferent. Or perhaps, he is sometimes shy to show he cares. But he can really be the sweetest. Thank you.

  10. Teresa Dumadag

    You are so blessed to have sweet sons! My sons are also sweet in their own way. I can relate with the piano music because my eldest is also a pianist. he and his younger brother like to give me flowers either bought from the store or picked from the garden. 🙂

  11. Ma.Me.Mi.Mommy

    These are super sweet! 🙂 You are one lucky mama! 😀 And might I add, you as parents have taught them well. I hope, I can raise the same kind of boys. 😀

  12. Jackie

    This is really sweet! It just inspired for my next post. I hope tuluy-tuloy ganyan anak mo. 🙂 <3

  13. Juvy ann

    Sons usually take after what they see from their fathers. He would surely grow up to be responsible and loving father as well.

  14. Nimi Popat

    This is such a sweet gesture. He is so adorable to feel concerned about you. You must be so proud !!!

    • momi berlin

      Definitely cherish. And thank you.

  15. Monica

    It’s so nice that you got to jot down these sweet gestures through the years. I recently started a journal for my two year old too where I write down all of sweet (and sometimes not so sweet! haha!) antics. I hope I get to continue it until he’s 12 or older!

    • momi berlin

      Hahaha. Yes, continue writing and you would be amazed by how smart and funny he has become through the years.

  16. mhaan.a-ds

    Okay, I super admire talaga your kids! How sweet of your second child no? I wish Cloud would be like him as a sweet caring son.

    • momi berlin

      Surely he will especially if he is surrounded with peeps who show and speak of love every day.

  17. Mommy Anna

    He is so sweet, sabi nga nila sweet ang boy sa mommy nila

    • momi berlin

      Thank you. And I guess your little kulit is extra sweet to his mommy, too.

  18. rollcoastermom

    All my three kids are sweet to me in their own way but I guess it’s really something else when it’s between a mother and her son. My son is super close to me. He’s only 5 years old now but I can already see how different our relationship is compared to my relationship with my daughters.

    • momi berlin

      They say boys tend to be sweeter to their moms than to their dads. I hope he remains sweet:)

  19. Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    Your son is as sweet as my daughter!! She often leaves me letters and gives me pasalubong too!! I guess our children mimics what they see in their parents no? When we show them and let them feel how much we love them, they also think of ways on how they can let us feel how much they love us.

    • momi berlin

      Aww. I love that. I hope he feels the love thus expressing it as well in his own ways. So sweet of your daughter on the letters and pasalubong.

  20. Alfonzowords

    Awww I just had to read this when i saw it on FB. What an amazing post! I love it so much wish my mom wrote something like this. Yes! Brilliant taste in books he has, i’ve read those too! currently working on a fantasy book that’s like harry potter meets percy jackson 🙂

    Your son in awesome, but then you already knew that

    This changed my perspective of so much: “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

    • momi berlin

      Thank you for the kind words. I bet your mom wrote something as well or perhaps she wants to have a cup of coffee with you and chat about those childhood stories.


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