Have you heard of the story of the farmer and his three lazy sons? It is a nice story worth sharing to your kids, too. It would surely help you inspire your children to be diligent and consider that after hard work comes the sweet fruits of their labor.
I will be making one of the hardest decisions ever. I just hope husband understands where I am coming from. Or may he enlighten me to do the right decision should I am making the wrong one.
One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.
“It was great, Dad.”
“What date is tomorrow? It might be the premiere of The Walking Dead season 7 already. Too bad we don’t have a television.”
This was what I told husband that morning. We were set to leave our rented house five months ago and join my mommy at her place. Thus our cable was cut.
Use time wisely
Husband told me that instead of wasting my time on The Walking Dead, I should use my time wisely. “Start with your book. That’s what you’re supposed to do.”
Out of frustration, I bluntly answered back. “Sometimes, you need fun in your life. Though living a life of purpose is important, we need a break once in a while. We need to recharge and have fun as well.”
This momi and her 11-year-old son just came from a place where her boy learned stop motion animation. He is joined by other curious kids almost his age, and others even younger than him. Together, they made a short animation about Zombie Apocalypse using toy soldiers, Lego’s, and building blocks. Of course, everything wouldn’t be successfully weaved together without their imagination and great interest in technology and the arts. The place is called Sparklelab, and it is finally coming to a location near you soonest.
My son is excited for July. We were told that Sparklelab will open its first franchise location in Quezon City. This means we need not travel to San Juan for his Get Reel class. We live in Quezon City and he could even enroll in Sparklelab’s after school classes should he wishes to.
For today’s story, I read to my 20-month-old son the story of The Goat and the Goatherd. After reading the Aesop’s Fable, I made this entry straight away. A similar incident happened two days ago which my boys need to understand and learn something from.
The Goat and the Goatherd
A Goat strayed away from the flock, tempted by a patch of clover. The Goatherd tried to call it back but in vain. It would not obey him. Then he picked up a stone and threw it, breaking the Goat’s horn.
The Goatherd was frightened.
“Do not tell the master,” he begged the Goat.
“No,” said the Goat, “that broken horn can speak for itself!”
The Car and the Firstborn
I am 27 weeks pregnant and I plan to have a water birth at Shiphrah Birthing Home. A birthing place in Taytay Rizal, Shiphrah Birthing Home is run by missionaries and midwives. Their goal is to help empower pregnant women and guide them to make informed choices.
At first, I opt for a water birth at Shiphrah because I would want to be practical and save our family from the high hospitalization cost. As I compute it, we will be needing more or less P100,000 for my normal vaginal delivery. At Shiphrah, we will not even pay half or one-fourth of my estimated birthing cost. And as I read more about water birth, the more I am encouraged to experience a more mother-focused birth. This means it would be I who direct my labor and birth with the help of welcoming midwives. Plus, there will be no pain-relieving drugs or medical intervention during my labor which, I believe, is both beneficial to my baby and myself.
Sadly, though, my mother and husband are not in favor of my initial decision. This made me doubt my own choice and go back to the traditional way of childbirth – normal vaginal delivery.
Not until I met again and this time had an inspiring quick chat with Ms. Betty San Luis, CD. She is a certified doula and the main childbirth mentor of Birthing is a Blessing. Aside from conducting childbirth preparation classes, she is trained to assist a mother during childbirth giving the mom an empowering birthing experience. I saw her again at the recently concluded Smart Parenting Baby Shower in Crowne Plaza Manila Galeria.
Last Holy Week, my Second Son has been very busy. He serves as an acolyte in our parish and has gained a number of friends. Sometimes, his friends would go to the house to fetch him so they could go to church practices and meetings together.
My mother used to warn me of Second Son’s two new found friends. She described the two as “someone you should not trust.” They unlawfully occupy an unused land and claimed it as theirs. Their father has no decent job as well.
Last Thursday during the Washing of the Feet play at our parish, I noticed that Second Son’s two friends weren’t there. Then I learned from my mother that the two boys were kicked out from being sacristan. Their father went to the church one day and made a scene. Our parish priest did not like what happened and ordered the two not to attend anymore.
Second Son and his two friends
This reminded me of an incident before. Second son came from a church practice, and instead of going home, he went with his two friends to play basketball near their place. After the game, they let my boy go home alone without even giving him some water to quench his thirst. My son walked real far.