MOMI SMILES| When there’s a will, there’s a way

Apr 3, 2017 | Life, Only Berlin

When there’s a will, there’s a way.

My little man and I have been watching a lot of children stories on YouTube lately.  Even my 11-year-old son would sit down beside us every time we watch.  More than enjoying the colorful imagery, the stories are quite engaging as well.

This morning, we saw The Thirsty Crow.  And the story reminded me of my then nearly two-year old Second Son.  At a very tender age, his distinct character was very evident.  He is one determined and bold lad.

The Thirsty Crow

One hot day, a thirsty crow flew all over the fields looking for water. For a long time, he could not find any. He felt very weak, almost lost all hope. Suddenly, he saw a water jug below the tree. He flew straight down to see if there was any water inside. Yes, he could see some water inside the jug!

The crow tried to push his head into the jug. Sadly, he found that the neck of the jug was too narrow. Then he tried to push the jug to tilt for the water to flow out but the jug was too heavy.

The crow thought hard for a while. Then looking around it, he saw some pebbles. he suddenly had a good idea. he started picking up the pebbles one by one, dropping each into the jug. As more and more pebbles filled the jug, the water level kept rising. Soon it was high enough for the crow to drink. His plan had worked!

The Daring Second Son

Our second son was nearly two years old that time.  Unlike Firstborn, he seldom complains and cries.  He would do things on his own, and we would just be amazed by his ability to resolve even such complex problems.

One day, my husband and I were just stunned seeing our son beside us.  We left him in his crib.  Husband carried the little boy back to his crib.  We were busy then with some home renovations.

After a few minutes, the little tot was again beside us giggling.  We both went to the crib and discovered that he would climb out of his crib by stacking up all pillows and toys to escape.

Since then, we removed the big pillows and left his bolster pillows and a few toys instead.  Days went by, and everything seemed manageable.  Until one day, the young adventurer was able to escape from his crib again.  This time, he made a hole out of the small mesh holes to escape.  His crib was made of soft materials and breathable mesh.

The Thirsty Crow and the Daring Second Son

Both the crow and our second son thought and worked hard to find a solution to their problems.  Our little one was able to figure out how to climb right out of his crib and thought of a way to escape again.  He showed persistence and determination, the very same characters the thirsty crow displayed.

When there’s a will, there’s a way

We fetched Firstborn and Second Son from school as today is exam day.  Our Big Bunso greeted his big brother with a big mischievous grin.  “You pulled a jailbreak, kuya Second Son!  Momma narrated how you escaped from your crib a number of times.”


  1. Mimi

    Love this segment of your blog! Even if it’s catered to children, we can still definitely pick up a lesson or two from these old, classic books. 🙂 I also love how your children could easily, or try to, pick up these lessons. I’m sure they would grow into beautiful children, both inside and out!

  2. KT Nielsen

    “If there’s a will, there’s a way.” is one of my life’s mantra so this story resonated with me so much. I remember discussing this in our class when I was in elementary. This is one of my favorite stories and I plan to share this with my daughter as well. I look forward to reading more stories with your family anecdotes in the future.

  3. Mommy Queenelizabeth

    I always love reading this series of stories that you share. It is not just entertaining but also very informative and everyone even kids and adults alike can pick some something valuable from these lessons. Yes, if there’s a will, there’s always a way.. one of my favorite mantra of all time 🙂

  4. Teresa Dumadag

    You have a smart child! 🙂 He knows how to problem-solve even at an early age. Well, that’s both good and bad. good because he is smart and brave. Bad if he gets into trouble like if he falls or loses his balance while climbing out.

    My kids are like that, too. Very good at problem-solving but sometimes they do not see how dangerous the activity is to them.

  5. Cheryl F

    Smart kid! My son never stayed in his crib for more than 5 minutes ever since. Lol. Although I believe he is good at solving problem on his own, he likes asking for help. But most of time the help he asked was actually to just watch him. And I agree, when there’s a will, there’s always a way.

  6. kareen liez datoy (@blessedliez)

    Love this story. I really like reading the stories you share here that has moral lessons. But what I admire most is how you apply it to your kids. Great job mommy!

  7. SiennyLovesDrawing

    Wow! I know this classic story! I learnt it before. A nice reading it again from your sharing here, it recalled back some of my old memories. Thank you for sharing it, and I believe too, there’s always a way 😉 cheers, SiennyLovesDrawing

  8. Nora

    What a good story! I love the quote. It’s so true that as long as you can dream things and want the enough you’ll sure find a way to get them. Thanks for reminding us!:)

  9. Ana Rose | Roads and Pages

    Awww! I must say that it is such a cute story about your second son. As for us, we always find ourselves giggling when toddlers do amazing things in front of our very eyes. Sometimes we can’t believe on how such a young boy or girl can do some actions despite her or his very young age. Your second son was really adorable by being determined to do what he wants.

  10. Liana

    I’ve been loving reading this short stories you’ve been sharing, because it’s really interesting and informative about how you’re handling things, and also how you’re making it a lesson for your son!

  11. Me-An Clemente

    The story of the thirsty crow is a good reminder for us not to give up. How I wish my friends will be able to absorb this story. It’s because if they really want to meet up with me, they should find a way. Anyway, it’s great that your son learns about this.


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