Back in elementary and high school, my mother and I would always fight over what television show to watch from 5pm onwards on weekdays. I’d prefer GMA 7 because of the anime episodes being aired, while Mama would prefer the news and soap operas. And that’s why I was really surprised one Saturday afternoon.
I was in grade 6 at that time and I was in our school’s gym doing our band practice with the rest of the drum & lyre band members. I suddenly saw Mama waiting in one of the entrance gates of the gym. I went to her and noticed the small plastic bag she’s holding. It turns out that the bag contains VHS tapes and one of them is a Dragonball Z movie (the one with Coola as the villain), which wasn’t even released in theaters at that time. She cheerfully told me the story of how she found the tape from Emcor and how she was so delighted to find it.
As simple as it is, it truly touched my heart.
I have a similar story of simple act of love about my wife and our son. But I’ll reserve that in my next post.
– Your mom’s favorite vase
– A basketball
It was the summer of 1996. I was practicing my dribbling skills outside our house. It got really, really hot outside so I went inside to practice. When I did the between the legs dribble, the ball bounced towards the vase of my Mom and fell on the floor. The vase was given to her by my Aunt. She was so mad that she took the ball and tried to stab it with a kitchen knife. Good thing it didn’t have any effect with the ball.
People who have known me in school and at work know for a fact that I’m naturally an early bird. I’ve never been late at school, at work, even though we have flexible time at work I have always been early (too early even) and I have been early most of the time in appointments. In fact, my earliness caused me to attend the mass before going to school back in high school.
A couple of people asked me why I’m early. In school, I was early because I came to love attending mass when I started high school. In addition, I want to relax myself to prepare for the classes of the day and I don’t want to get myself sweating before the day has even started. I can easily perspire so the fresh air in the morning and the very few people in the surroundings are very much appreciated. At work, well I just carried on my habit from school to work and since it remains to be advantageous for me I’ll keep it this way.
It’s my mother who started training me to be an early bird. It began when I started going to school, kindergarten I specifically. She would wake me at 5am to take a bath and prepare for school. And 5am has always been my wake up time from elementary to college except in Grade 1 because all my classes were in the afternoon. I only wake up earlier than that when I have some homework to do or have to study for an exam. What was the secret for waking at 5am? Get to bed by 9pm the night before. As the years go by, Mama and I would have arguments at that sleeping time when I still have some school work to finish.
Now that I’m working, I wake up at 7:30am even though my shift is from 3pm-12am. I still have the same reasons as before, to be relaxed and to avoid too many people in public utility vehicles.
Whenever I remember those times in elementary and high school that I wait for a tricycle at 5:45am, I can feel the peace and solemnity of the morning that makes me feel good to start the day right.