Dear Marsy and Danielle...
|Soul siblings. (L) Marsy and (R) Danielle |
lost in their own little playworld.
Anyway, before you ask your sometimes-loony but gorgeous Ninang Koryn what's the point of this entry (You cannot argue with the gorgeous part or else no gifts for you in the future! Haha :p), I'll get right to it. Contrary to popular belief, I've more than shopping tips and The Art of Drinking lessons to offer to you both (Although, you can rely on me for that too! Oops. I hope your parents aren't reading this hahaha).
Anyway (again), here are some advice I hope you find sane enough to follow in the future.
Don't take your afternoon naps for granted. I know I used to. I remember going to my room, faking my sleep, and then sneaking into Ate Ainna's room to read her Sweet Valley pocketbooks (That's how I got hooked to the series!) I used to think, sleeping is such a waste of time! Twenty years after, I wish I still had time for afternoon naps.
Nowadays, I'm lucky if actually get six hours worth of sleep at night.
|How the addiction started. Reading my sister's Sweet Valley High pocketbooks was how I spent my supposed afternoon naps.|
|Quality time with the cousins. Some of the best years of my childhood were spent in Sto. Domingo where we'd spend the whole day at the beach with my cousins and play patintero at night.|
Appreciate living with your parents. When I was in college, I was envious of my blockmates who were living in a dorm or in a condo unit. They got to party and do everything that they wanted to. My parents wouldn't let me. Your Lolo would rather pick me up at school no matter how late it is than let me live away from home. After I graduated, I went off to live on my own since work was far, far away from our house. And how I miss home! Sure, being independent and all is cool. But I miss waking up to cooked breakfast, having someone do my laundry and clean (really clean, if you know what I mean) my room.
Spend as much time with your family as you can. It's inevitable. There will come a time when you would think hanging out with your folks is too uncool (that would be during your adolescence, methinks). And when you become much older, you'd think some things are more important than being with your family. When I began working in 2003 to 2004, there would be times when a month would pass before I go home to Laguna. I always thought, there'll be other weekends to see my family. I actually owe you an apology, Marsy, because that was around the time your were born. Anyway, I got past that stage and now, I make it a point to go home every weekend. I couldn't bear the thought of missing seeing the two of you grow up :) Even if most of the time you ransack my room in the process hahaha.
|Mission Ransack Ninang's Room. That's you, Danielle, doing one of you favorite pasttimes--going through my clothes, makeup, and toiletteries!|
So there. The list could go on, but, really, at the end of the day, all the lessons you'd need to learn would be from your own experience. And I know you two would be smart enough to appreciate those lessons (Hello, genes?? Hahaha). These are just some salient points from my own experience which, I hope, would make even the tiniest of sense to you :)
|Quality time with Ninang. Don't hurry growing up, kiddos ;) It's still too early for Ninang to miss your inanities.|