We went straight to my mom’s place after our four-day hospital confinement. She would want me to stay with her for at least two months. She insisted that a woman who just underwent a cesarean section needs at least three months to fully recuperate. But after three weeks, I assured her I can manage.
A gloomy return
With no one to look after the small house for three weeks, it obviously needed cleaning. Thankfully, the boys were all cooperative to lend a hand. Firstborn bleached the walls and floors. Big Bunso did all the laundry, while Second Son took care of our Little One.
It was a Saturday. The boys were expecting to sleep more, play even, and enjoy the weekend. School has been pretty stressful and they deserve rest. But their mom forced them to clean the house. And because they are respectful and obedient kids, they obliged.
A smile shows strength
A smile can hide many feelings. Fear, sadness, heartbreak. But it also shows one other thing, strength.
And so the obedient little man adhered to his father’s advice. My gaze found my Big Bunso smiling. I didn’t see resentment nor sadness. I saw strength.
My Big Bunso, just like his two other older brothers, displayed strength to face the tasks given to him. Despite not truly loving the chores, my three boys obliged, showing great wisdom in choosing to respect their parent’s wishes rather than complain.
Most of the time, I truly wonder if my boys are just kids. They seem to display great wisdom than their mother.