i. a write-up finally taking shape
It still needs polishing but there it is – 800+ words already and covering almost all points necessary for submission. I strongly suppose Ceejay’s full-time stay with me has much to do with its near completion status for I am
ii. getting settled with mothering
Although having to look after Ceejay without a caregiver now (the ex terminated her services) terrified me at first, I am thankful that my struggling efforts to try anyway are turning out okay. I’m sleeping with a baseball bat and there are dinosaurs on the margins of my conference paper; and why is my bathrobe belt now tied to the strap of my purse…? Boys! It helped to have conditioned my mind to be amused, not stressed by all this.
Everyday during lunch break when I rush back to the apartment to check on Cj I have these bougainvillas and hanging purple orchids to look at. This nature display makes for a cheery walk, and a song Mama and her friends used to sing in church long time ago comes alive in my mind, “…in the cool of the day He talks with me, in the rose-bordered way He walks with me….” Somehow it is comforting to me.
iv. Lang and Wise mugs
Things come and go. As I looked into drawers to find replacements of coffee cups that were broken last week, I found my mugs. They depict original paintings; one by Sherri Buck Baldwin called The Herb Wagon and the other by Lowell Herrero called A Family of Felines. Admiring the rustic charm on them was all I did when I was married. They’re too beautiful amidst many things that didn’t appeal to me. They symbolize what I really want in the long run and I didn’t want them used with anything that was the opposite of my dreams and wishes. Now it feels awesome to finally be reunited with a reminder of what makes me happy.
v. our loot from the Filipino store
Being imported, they’re naturally expensive but I had a blast shopping! It’s wonderful, just wonderful to eat foods from home. Cj loves the cheese spread, Del Monte mango juice and ketchup. I love the entire loot!
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Now that Ceejay stays with me full-time, I get to understand his new favorites more clearly. Usually after reviewing and then buying CDs and DVDs I present them to him and just let him choose what he wants to watch and we take it from there. I’m happy he likes Greatest Heroes and Legends of the Bible. He loves the blowing of horns in Joshua and the Battle of Jericho. I watch it too when I’m not nostril-deep in work.
He also loves Bugsy and the raining gum balls from Walt Disney Bedtime Stories:
When I’m preparing his food he loves to ‘help.’ His new favorite in the kitchen is his new discovery: the knife. His curiosity scares me as he also loves to jump up and down while exploring it. The other day I sliced tomatoes in the bathroom, hid the knife in the tissue box and gave him a plastic alternative from his 4th birthday. The knee situation is from last week when he dived into rough concrete.
He tried and liked the mango juice when we were off to a resort town for the new year. We shopped at the Filipino store and Del Monte mango juice is now his new favorite drink: (ouch! imported cans are pricey, Ceej!)
Next week, next month or the next minute we wonder what will our kids be up to. Let’s brace ourselves for that.