Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Sharing is Caring

I wasn't born with a silver spoon. Heck, not even silver nor gold plated. Hehe. I never had big, cool toys during my formative years. I remembered asking my mom for a V-tech when I was 8 years old because one of my classmates had one but because we can't afford it, my mom told me to make do with what I had. And what I had back then were those paper cut-out dolls that you can buy at the neighborhood sari-sari store.

My mom taught me early on in life that there are other things that are far more important than high-tech toys and Barbie dolls. I remembered when I was 18 years old, I had to cancel my debut. We helped a relative get through an operation and the money that we should've spent on the party, we gave to them instead. She didnt leave me high and dry, of course we still had a mini-celebration to welcome me into adulthood. We had a fancy candlelit dinner, just the three of us - my mom, my dad and me. I didn't feel bitter because she explained to me that helping someone in need is more important than throwing a lavish party.

My mom has always been the epitome of kindness. She's well loved by many because of that and also because of her jovial spirit and her optimism. I look up to her because no matter how little we have, she still finds ways to help others when she can. Her motto "Mabuti nang tayo ang hinihingian kesa tayo ang nanghihingi." (TRANSLATE: 'Tis better to give than to ask. Hehe! 'Langyang translation yan!)

Last year, instead of having a party, I spent my birthday in Golden Acres - a facility for the aged and the elderly. I brought food for the oldies and spent time talking to them and listening to their stories. They told me stories of how their sons and daughters left them there. That some promised to visit, but they never did.

We arent rich but God makes up for it in more ways than one and my birthday was the perfect time to pay it forward. It was a very humbling experience for me and I was lucky to have shared that afternoon with my mom and dad.

A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~Tenneva Jordan

Thank you for instilling in me the values that I have today, Mom. Thank you for being a rolemodel of kindness, perseverance and optimism. You are the greatest. I love you and Happy Birthday!

The Black Sheep,


P.S. Don't worry, I will take care of you and dad even until they day that you become senile. I was only kidding when I told you I'd leave you in Golden Acres once you start showing signs of dementia! Hehehe!


Don Dee said...

Very few people impress me. Now, I am truly impressed with you. :)

kikilabotz said...

happy bdays sa mama mpo..^_^

Leo said...

NAIYAK AKO, PROMISE. alam mo naman kapag tungkol sa nanay, mahina ang defense ko mare. utang natin sa nanay natin ang lahat ng ginawa nila para lumaki tayong mabuti. happy birthday sa mom mo, please hug her for me.

-=K=- said...

Dhon Dhee - oh why thank you :)

Kikilabotz - Ang lagay Happy Birthday lang? Haha, thanks!

Leo - haha! I know! Yeah buti nalang lumaki tayong ma-beauty at mabuti. :) Thanks for the birthday greeting!

Micamics said...

I haven't had the chance to enjoy this lavish debut back when I was 18 too and I only learned that there is such a thing as VTECH when I dropped by toy kingdom, looking for a toy for gabby :)

you have such a very nice mom kaye... You and mommy juls are you're mom's own reflection.. Miss you much!

☮Pinay Travel Junkie☮ said...

Great way to spend a birthday!

Anonymous said...

Living a good life isn't about having money and lots of great times. It's about loving, giving and sharing unselfishly; being other-centered; choosing values that recognize right and wrong, and good and bad; and respecting, having compassion for people no matter what their station in life.

You have a special family and that is why you are a special, one-of-a-kind person. Hot and sexy too :)

Warmest wishes for your Mom on her birthday. May she, your Father and all of you in your family always be blessed in God's eyes. She reminds me of mine, and regretfully, we lost her years ago.

Anonymous said...

K, you're lucky you have a good role model. I had to run away from home just to find one and oh, did I find one. Hehehe.

Otherwise, I might've ended up exactly like my father.

Be thankful.

Helping out other people is good. It really is. Just choose well who you help. Lots of people tend to abuse you.