26 February 2011

This Boy, Clark.


I have so many stories and hopes for this charming little boy, Clark. He's seven. And like most boys his age, he has his naughty streaks, loves to play, and gets excited over cartoons and ice cream. But he has the loveliest spirit and the biggest heart. And he loves his family very much.

This is the boy who cries wails each time I fly back to Manila. This is the boy who shares with me and Mom the same love for sardines (between Jollibee/Mcdo and sardines, he'd pick sardines hands down). He is generous with his I love Yous and hugs. He is polite and respectful of other people's things and space. He is smart and funny and sweet.

During my grandpa's wake, we opened the casket to put a rosary for my grandpa to hold. While the casket was open, Clark hugged my grandpa and said: "I am hugging you now because I will never be able to hug you ever again."

I love my grandparents very much and the old has a very special place in my heart. So it touches me that this seven-year-old boy feels so much for my grandparents. I hope he'd grow up respecting and honoring the legacy of those who came before him.

On my grandpa's funeral, I told him: "Don't ever forget Papa, ok?" He replied: "I haven't even forgotten Mama Fe even when she died ahead of him."

I hope he will always have a heart for the old. I hope he will always remember the things we are teaching him, honor our family traditions (I am BIG on family traditions), do our family rituals (no matter how corny they may be).

And I hope that he will grow up to be a better person than his parents (or all of us combined). Most of all, I hope he will live a life of meaning and purpose. I hope he will live it fearlessly and daringly, so that when he is old and grey, he will have lots of stories to tell.


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Chelo February 27, 2011 at 2:20 AM  

I so feel your love for this boy,Ai..you are such a doting Auntie..you are like a second mom to him/them..;-) and your nephews and nieces are so talented and gifted..just like the previous generations;-)
Your family, is a beautiful family..and good hearts,too;-)

konsuy February 28, 2011 at 7:37 AM  

there is something in clark (his eyes) perhaps that can tell he is a funny, smart and kind person. i am so happy you posted this and to see how much he has grown. oh, i love this little charmer. si-aw kaayo ug mata and so huggable ang ka gwapo =) idol!

Mimiii February 28, 2011 at 11:37 AM  

*echoing Chelo's thoughts*

julai March 1, 2011 at 7:09 AM  

I am sure he will be everything that you wished for Ate Ai. He looks so kind, nice and guapo. And his eyes are telling me that he already knows a lot at 7.

Badeth March 1, 2011 at 1:35 PM  

Ang crush ko... Huggable! :-D

soul deelight March 3, 2011 at 12:42 AM  

there's so many photos you have of him te ai, that it seems like i watched him grow before my eyes.

You have a blessed family, blessed with talents (like chelo said) and even more blessed with love.

Liza March 3, 2011 at 12:04 PM  

What a sweet boy he is! He is a gentleman in the making. I hope my son too grows up to be sweet like Clark. :-)

JoPiE March 8, 2011 at 4:19 PM  

AI, with examples such as you and the rest of your family, I am sure this boy will grow up to be quite the gentleman, and quite the adventurer. he is very lucky in that sense -- to be surrounded by so much love and inspiration. :D

Aileen Siroy March 15, 2011 at 1:44 AM  

Chelo said...
I so feel your love for this boy,Ai..you are such a doting Auntie..you are like a second mom to him/them..;-) and your nephews and nieces are so talented and gifted..just like the previous generations;-)
Your family, is a beautiful family..and good hearts,too;-)

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Thank you, Chel. I can't help but love this boy. He's so lovable, too. I am so proud of them, each of them. Good, good kids. :)

Aileen Siroy March 15, 2011 at 1:46 AM  

konsuy said...
there is something in clark (his eyes) perhaps that can tell he is a funny, smart and kind person. i am so happy you posted this and to see how much he has grown. oh, i love this little charmer. si-aw kaayo ug mata and so huggable ang ka gwapo =) idol!

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He said, Please tell Tita Chichi 'Thank you.' :D

You are right, Chi, he's kind and sipat and funny. He's the sweetest boy I know. :) Thanks, Chi!

Aileen Siroy March 15, 2011 at 1:47 AM  

Mimiii said...
*echoing Chelo's thoughts*

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Thank you, Miiiiii! :D

Aileen Siroy March 15, 2011 at 1:49 AM  

julai said...
I am sure he will be everything that you wished for Ate Ai. He looks so kind, nice and guapo. And his eyes are telling me that he already knows a lot at 7.

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I hope so, too, Jul! I'll tell him everything you said. Thank you! :)

Aileen Siroy March 15, 2011 at 1:50 AM  

Badeth said...
Ang crush ko... Huggable! :-D

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Hahaha! Yes, he is huggable and he loves to hug!

Aileen Siroy March 15, 2011 at 1:53 AM  

soul deelight said...
there's so many photos you have of him te ai, that it seems like i watched him grow before my eyes.

You have a blessed family, blessed with talents (like chelo said) and even more blessed with love.

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This also means we've been friends for a long time na. :) I try my best to take lots of pictures of him (them) whenever I am in Cebu. Time flies so fast, I want to document them growing up. :)

Thank you, Dee!

Aileen Siroy March 15, 2011 at 1:55 AM  

Liza said...
What a sweet boy he is! He is a gentleman in the making. I hope my son too grows up to be sweet like Clark. :-)

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Oh, I'm sure Lucas will grow up sweet and kind and awesome. He has you to guide him. :) Thank you, Liz.

Aileen Siroy March 15, 2011 at 1:57 AM  

JoPiE said...
AI, with examples such as you and the rest of your family, I am sure this boy will grow up to be quite the gentleman, and quite the adventurer. he is very lucky in that sense -- to be surrounded by so much love and inspiration. :D

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Thank you, Jops. I really hope he knows how much he is loved and that he will have lots of adventures and good things in his life. :)

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