25 March 2010

Childhood.


"I'm happy!" Clark said in between showering Beau with dried leaves. That afternoon, we played till we got tired, talked about dogs and trees, threw dried leaves at each other, ran like Forrest Gump, laughed out loud, and sat on sidewalks. In the age of computer games and Time Zones and 3D movies, I still would like Clark and Beau to experience the simple joys of hugging trees, picking wild flowers, walking on neighborhood streets, and running (albeit frantically) with their favorite two-wheeled-almost-dead-toy-cars.


When Clark showered Beau with dried leaves, she giggled in amazement. I snapped a shot and thought: "How beautiful that moment was!"

These kids are loved. And they are allowed to play and their little voices are listened to. And I am glad I turned out to be a different kind of Aunt compared to my own Aunts. The verbal and physical abuse they inflicted upon me and my sisters left deep scars on our spirits.

But I am weaving a different story for my nephews and nieces.


When they grow up, I want them to remember: that rain and laughter always make beautiful music; that they can shower with dried leaves, too; that they can make obras drawing on perfectly-painted white walls; that hugging and tickling are sacred rituals before bedtime; that everyday i-love-yous are food for the soul.

When they grow up, I want them to look back and say: "It certainly was a happy childhood."

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konsuy March 26, 2010 at 4:25 AM  

clark and beau and the rest of your neices and nephews are so lucky to have you. (apil pud mi)

Cindy March 26, 2010 at 4:36 AM  

Sorry about your not so great childhood Ai... your nephews and nieces are lucky to have an auntie like auntie Ai and i bet you're lucky to have such wonderful nephew like clark and niece like beau ♥

love the nature hugging photos Ai... i am excited for spring to come Ü

Tita Lou March 26, 2010 at 6:05 AM  

They are lucky to have you as aunt Ai. But it is true, we are what we are now because of the past. And in your case it made you a better person. Some people are not able to learn from the past. They (your nephews and nieces) certainly will look back and say they had a happy past and you are a big part of it. I hope you only have happy times now.

Mina March 26, 2010 at 2:22 PM  

Cheers to aunthood, Ai! You are one cool (and crazy!) tita! :D

Anonymous March 26, 2010 at 2:32 PM  

hi ms. aileen,
i can't help myself but to write back to you after reading this blog. indeed, we can find joy with dried leaves or with anything that seems to be irrelevant to others, even the difficult moments, when we open our hearts to love.
=)
i am a fan of your artworks and there is never a day since i stumbled on this site that i didn't open it, whether or not you have a new post, i enjoy viewing the archives, as everytime i view it, there's a new beautiful thing being revealed to me, satisfying my senses and my soul.
have a lovely day dear,
ms.becky

Aileen Siroy March 30, 2010 at 1:30 AM  

konsuy said...
clark and beau and the rest of your neices and nephews are so lucky to have you. (apil pud mi)

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Thank you, Chi! :) I just love these kids to bits!

Aileen Siroy March 30, 2010 at 1:32 AM  

Cindy said...
Sorry about your not so great childhood Ai... your nephews and nieces are lucky to have an auntie like auntie Ai and i bet you're lucky to have such wonderful nephew like clark and niece like beau ♥

love the nature hugging photos Ai... i am excited for spring to come Ü

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Thank you, Cinds. :) I hope that Clark and Beau will always remember the happy, simple moments. :)

Aileen Siroy March 30, 2010 at 1:39 AM  

Tita Lou said...
They are lucky to have you as aunt Ai. But it is true, we are what we are now because of the past. And in your case it made you a better person. Some people are not able to learn from the past. They (your nephews and nieces) certainly will look back and say they had a happy past and you are a big part of it. I hope you only have happy times now.

. . . . .

True, Tita. The past was sad, but I am still grateful because it made me stronger and I guess, more compassionate.

I have the same hope for me, my family and friends -- only have happy times. Thank you. :)

Aileen Siroy March 30, 2010 at 1:41 AM  

Mina said...
Cheers to aunthood, Ai! You are one cool (and crazy!) tita! :D

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Some people are made for Aunthood, Min, like me and you! :D Cool and crazy, I agree! :D

Aileen Siroy March 30, 2010 at 1:48 AM  

Anonymous said...
hi ms. aileen,
i can't help myself but to write back to you after reading this blog. indeed, we can find joy with dried leaves or with anything that seems to be irrelevant to others, even the difficult moments, when we open our hearts to love.
=)
i am a fan of your artworks and there is never a day since i stumbled on this site that i didn't open it, whether or not you have a new post, i enjoy viewing the archives, as everytime i view it, there's a new beautiful thing being revealed to me, satisfying my senses and my soul.
have a lovely day dear,
ms.becky

. . . . .

Hi Ms Becky!

Thank you for leaving a comment, for letting me know that you come here and read me. I'm grateful.

It's true, sometimes, the most simple things give the deepest joys.

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