The clouds speak
And the flowers dance in glee.
The clouds speak
And the flowers dance in glee.
The wind bites
And I stay here
Summer is rainy
And I laugh
It is the middle of August.
The rain comes in torrents
but for a while
the sun breaks through
It’s a big, wide world.
And I smile at the thought
of another lovely day.
And I count the days
till Christmas comes.
“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side
near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”
“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that
happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play
with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a
long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or
have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you
are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you
get loose in your joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all,
because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand”.
The morning sun shows its face
through the sheer curtains on my window
creating pockets of light and shadow.
Something I look forward to
a new day dawning
new dreams to uphold.
And my pen waits on these pristine pages,
and I smile as I begin to write.
Chasing thoughts running in my head.
I wish I could blog more often on our precious bundle of joy but it is just a monthly update every time my kids come over for a visit. I wish I could say how much I love discovering something new that Nate has learned in a month – new words, new things that he has recently discovered too, the minute or two we spend on the phone saying hi and hello to each other, seeing him learning how to use a spoon on his own and feeds himself with the Yaya’s help. They are the things that make me smile although sometimes I wonder at the thought that he is really growing up fast. He’ll be turning two in three months. I smiled when Nissa said that we still have our birthdays to celebrate (hers on September and mine on October) before even thinking of celebrating Nate’s birthday. I also smile at the thought that when Nate is old enough to read and see my blog he would appreciate all the pictures and posts that I uploaded about him. He earned four blog followers today, not that it matters much but it makes me proud that some people like what I share with them. I wish I could continue writing about his growing up years.
The BER months are almost here. I can hear Christmas songs playing over the radio. We celebrate the longest Christmas season in the world (I think) that starts at the beginning of September and ends way beyond the celebration of Three Kings. I love Christmas, it is my most blogged about topic every year. I am looking forward to the season because no matter how hard life is and how commercialized it has become, it is still the happiest one we have here. Have I told you that I also collect books with Christmas stories?
How was your Sunday?
There were moments when I doubted You Lord. There were times when I thought You don’t really answer prayers. There were times when my faith wavered and I was lost. Please keep my faith alive and never doubt Your loving heart ever again. I humbly beg for Your understanding, I long for Your love. Keep me in Your loving embrace always.
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Each day is a stepping stone into future days on the upward path. Enrich each day with gratitude and a time of quiet. – Lillian Marshall
Gosh, you won’t believe this! Yesterday I braved the traffic by taking a commute to visit the book sale at Books for Less in Pasig City. It is right in front of La Consolacion College where my two kids spent their high school so the place is quite familiar. This is the first time that I visited BFL and I was like, “Oh, Oh, I don’t know what books to buy”.
There were so many volumes on so many subjects that I was in a quandary which to choose. Some look practically new with the dust jackets still intact but of course, BFL sells secondhand books. I don’t mind buying secondhand books, I’ve done it for years at Booksale. I only get to buy new ones on the works of authors I am collecting and those lovely editions that one can’t help having on one’s shelf. Sometimes, I just close my eyes and don’t look at the price :) This time though, I enjoyed an hour looking for well-known authors that I like, discovering some fiction books that look interesting. I was able to buy twelve books in all, including a small volume entitled Stepping Stones (meditations in a garden) with lovely flower illustrations on each page. I just love it. I also found another collection of short stories by one of my favorite authors, Rosamunde Pilcher. It was such a joy to see two more volumes of L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, classic stories that never grow old with time. I hope I will be able to find the missing three more volumes to complete my collection. There was also a memoir and a children’s book for Nate (which looks new) and the rest are fiction books of authors that I haven’t read yet. Josef told me yesterday to go back there and we would bring the car so I don’t have to commute but he has to buy a replacement for our submersible pump for our small pond. I am comforted by the thought that the sale would end on August 31 so I still have plenty of time to buy books. Did I tell you that I only spent P120 pesos for those twelve books? Each one costs P10 pesos, easier on the pocket, I must say. My book shelves are close to bursting.
Today is the Feast Day of St. Dominic. Happy Feast Day to all of my Dominican friends. Fr. Lovell, O.P. (my adopted son) texted and said that he is praying for and offering his masses for the family. I told him it is a noble gift to be prayed for always. What a blessing! I am sad though to learn that the former Rector of UST, Rev. Leonardo Z. Legaspi, O.P. passed on this morning . He was the first Filipino UST Rector. He was a part of my high school and college life in the 70’s. He died on the feast day of St. Dominic and on his episcopate ordination anniversary, two special events that would make it easy for his friends and family to remember. He would always say “Good morning” every time he meets students at the UST campus. Requiescat in pace. I’ll remember you in prayers.
That sudden burst of sunshine
After a long night of rain
Turning everything into gold
And the curtains danced in delight
Such an amazing grace!
I remember this while on my way home from church this morning and took it to heart. It’s a lesson learned from the Gospel today. My life sometimes seems like a roller coaster ride but my Faith sustains.