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Gosh, I was about to “press this” my new blog  post  on Nate from my other blog https://nonnaarlene.wordpress.com/2020/09/05/making-it-simple/  to share it here on Dreams and Escapes when it switched to block editor while I was about to post it  here. My goodness, whereas before  the link is automatically posted, now it is only the title that I see.

Crazy. I don’t want to switch to block editor yet. It is making the post complicated.

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Monday, Monday, so good to me. 

Ah, I think it is a line in one of the songs of the Mamas and the Papas, right? I am having a LSS at the moment but I just hope Monday would be good and also the rest of the week.

Here’s one good news I guess. Nissa told me last night that there is another medal  waiting for Nate which she and Obet will get today from  Nate’s school. It is still part of the two medals  ( High Honors and Character Traits Awards) plus the  certificate he got earlier this school year.  Best English Speaker.  I  am not surprised since he is speaking the language since he learned how to talk and speak.  Mother and son are comparing notes…haha! Nissa  told  him  that she had hers (from nursery to college) kept here. She was able though to show him her college diploma and took shot of it last night. Nate asked her what Magna Cum Laude means so she explained it. She told him to study well. I told you he is seven going twenty, right? He has this dream of being a Magna Cum Laude too when he graduates….yeay!

 

Dreams are not impossible to come  true as long as you believe they are  achievable.  Focus, diligence, conscientiousness and right attitude coupled with prayers for guidance.

Proud Nonna here.

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Here’s another conversation between Nissa and Nate. Lucky mom. It’s typical of Nate to do this. When they’re around, he gives me a massage too.  This isn’t the first time he said that he will stay single and take care of Nissa.   Huh?  Nice words coming from a seven-year old.

Last night, Nate gave me a massage. Then he tucked me into bed. I asked him why he was so sweet. He answered, “You know I’ll do anything to make you happy Mom. I know you’re tired. I’ve been thinking about how hard you work and take care of me and Dad. It’s time for me to give back. Babawi naman ako.”

I was so touched that tears started falling. He wiped my tears away and said, “Don’t cry Mommy. Just relax. I don’t want you to feel uncomfortable. No need to rub my back na to make me sleep. You rest.”

“Who do you like more, the old me or the new me? I vote the new me because I’m kinder. Kind is cool. All boys should be kind to women- their moms, and girlfriends. But I think I’m going to stay single when I grow up. I’ll just stay with you and take care of you. I love you, Mom!”

I’m one lucky Mom that’s all I can say. I love you so much, Nate!

 

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Nissa sent this last night. I just laughed. Nate is so creative. And he sometimes argue with Nissa when he knows he has a point.

Pag ikaw yung basag trip/kontrabida sa buhay ng anak mo:

Nate, playing with his Lego: Look at the base camp I made Mom! It has all kinds of machine guns, missiles and bombs.
Me: What’s that?
Nate: A mini gun.
Me: Doesn’t look like one to me.
Nate: It looks like a mini gun to me. Let’s just use MY IMAGINATION Mom!

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Nate And His Butterflies

Have you ever tried catching a butterfly with your hands?

You can’t, right? Unless you use a butterfly net to catch one.

Let Nature be their friend.

Let them free,

Before you know it,

They might land somewhere near

And you’ll be able to admire their shapes, colors, and the

designs of their wings.

There are so many plants that butterflies love.

They have very short lives.

Enjoy them while they fly.

 

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Last Tuesday, my son-in-law Obet brought Nate to the hospital after his class. Nissa was napping when they came and when he saw his mom, he asked his dad if he could kiss her. He said he’ll be careful not to touch her bandaged throat.

As soon as Nissa woke up, Nate gave her a folded note which he placed inside the plastic box of Nissa’s rosary. How sweet of him, this was what he wrote.

He was so attentive of Nissa, giving her water to drink and he even talked to the nurses and doctors when they did their rounds. One of the nurses asked him if he wants to be a doctor too and he answered “yes”. We just smiled  and when Nissa’s doctor asked where he was studying, he readily answered, “ICAM”. The doctor smiled and said that it is probably one of those international schools and Nate said, “it’s Immaculate Conception Academy”. The former even commented that he is quite tall for his age at six.

When they left later, Nissa showed me some of his earlier notes which he rolled in a small empty canister of M & M. So sweet of Nate writing these notes at his age.

When they left, he told the nurse that he’ll be back. Of course that was the only time Obet brought him to the hospital. As Nissa is still on sick leave for another week, they have a lot of time to bond.

I remember Nissa and Josef when they were at similar age. Everytime we went home, there would always be love letters written in sometimes torn page of a notebook  pasted at the door. What mattered was the love freely given and the thoughtful gestures behind it.

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Yes, feeling a bit nostalgic this gloomy Monday morning. I was looking at the photos in my library then I again saw these photos of Nate and Obet which Nissa calls in a series, Grow Tall Little Man. I’ve blogged about them before.

He is definitely growing and getting tall for his age. I was even surprised with some of his photos with those subdued smiles. He is missing two front teeth. Another milestone 🙂  Time flies really!

 

And in between those days and years, we are learning a lot too. Valuing time, spending those moments together, making memories. And he reads real books now – amazing! If I remember my grade school years, I was just learning to read and write my ABCs when I was more than six, like Nate’s age now.

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“You can find magic wherever you look.  Sit back and relax, all you need is a book!” – Dr. Seuss

Nissa said:  “So nice to see you interested in reading and bringing your book everywhere – and a real novel at that, not a picture book. We’ll make a bookworm out of you yet”.

I was so curious so I asked what book it is.

She answered: ” The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer Holm”

Wow 🙂

Way to go Nate. I’ll buy you more books when you grow up. Read the one I gave you too, the one entitled Stuart Little. 

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Time flies so soon.

When I think of the years gone I smile at the thought of my journey as a grandma to Nate. He is now in grade one. Where have the years gone?

I think of those times when we were eagerly awaiting his birth and so excited to buy those little things for a baby. I think of those times when we were excited to bring him home but he was left at the hospital because of sepsis. Nissa labored for so long and she was induced eventually but her OB wanted her to give birth the natural way until the latter decided to have Nate delivered by caesarian section.  By then, the baby in her womb has eaten his own waste and he has to be incubated for almost a month.  His paediatrician was good. We brought him back to the hospital two days after we brought him home because he had fever. And he has to stay there for almost two weeks more. God is good. Nate is now a growing boy, tall for his age and so thoughtful and smart too.

Many times, I ask him what he does  when he is at home and he doesn’t have anyone to play with. He always say, he plays with his toys alone or watch television. He loves the cartoon channels. He does not sleep in their room during the day but he sleeps on the sofa in their sala.  When they come for a visit, we just play all day and he would always ask for his fruit juice. He could finish off a pitcher in  a day. He loves picking kalamansi with me to bring home. He is afraid of Oreo because our dog is so playful when he is around.

He would press the doorbell repeatedly until I go out and meet them at the gate always with the words, “hi Nonna” coupled with a kiss and a tight embrace. They he would say “we have a gift for you” and true enough, they would always bring thoughtful gifts for me.

Counting the years and the days spent with Nate. I always look forward seeing him around.

And these are his books for grade one. When I was in grade one back in the province, I was just learning my ABC.

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It’s Nate’s first day as a grade schooler. Another milestone for our baby. He is really so tall for his age.

Compare the above photo when he started in nursery class when he was just around three and a half.

Three years of schooling before reaching grade school.  My gosh, and there are twelve years before one graduates in high school or Grade 12. Four or five years further on to college.

 

 

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