A week ago or so, a big chaos arose one evening at my younger sister’s household. My sister was very furious when she learned that her daughter lost another cellphone – the second cellphone bought for her, to be specific. That was the second incident my niece lost her cellphone and she said someone must-have stole it in school. My niece is a freshman college student. Anyway, so my sister got very angry. When her daughter got home that evening from school and told her about the lost cellphone, well, my sister has gone violent. In short, she hit her daughter. She was unreasonably mad about the cellphones got stolen. She was more concerned about the amount she spent on those s****d cellphones. She was mad that her daughter’s not valuing the importance of everything given to her, that she is not seeing her studying her lessons and not updating her about what’s going on in school, that she’s trying to do her best to give everything to her kids even though their budget is very tight. These were my sister’s sentiments towards her daughter that lead to hitting.
As usual, the ‘curious’ neighbors went outside their homes to see what was happening. According to my cousin’s wife, my sister was throwing things at her daughter including glasses. My parents didn’t know about it until my cousin’s wife sent a text message to my mother telling them what’s going on. They lived about three miles away from my sister’s house. My cousin’s wife tried to get my niece out of the house and immediately took her to my parents’.
I was very upset when I learned about what happened. My sister told me first and she said she have decided not to enroll my niece in the next semester to teach her a lesson. I know they have a financial crisis but is that reasonable or not? Then I called our mom last weekend and she told me that my niece has a few bruises. You know, I felt sorry for my niece. I am sure she didn’t mean to lose the cellphones. If my niece was like other teens, she could have run away and not come home. That could be a bigger problem. I talked to her and she said she still wants to go to school next semester. My niece was embarrassed and humiliated. She trusted her classmates so much yet one of them betrayed her. We are pretty sure whoever stole her first cellphone is the same person took the second one.
My sister is a good person but sometimes she becomes unreasonable when things get complicated and out of hand. Her husband is currently working abroad yet they don’t receive enough budget for the household and for the kids’ school needs. She is doing the parenting responsibility all by herself for the last four years.
As of the moment, my niece is at my parents’. I told my sister she’ll stay there for a while because things are still in heat. Plus, if I was in my niece’s situation, it will take time for me to go back to my neighborhood after what happened that evening. They have to realize things. But even if they realized their mistakes, what now? Feelings were hurt. Trust was broken.
Then I read my mom’s message this morning that my niece’s classmate will meet up in school to return the cellphone. That b***h! ‘Didn’t think about the result of her evil doing to my niece. My youngest sister accompanied my niece to her school. I know my niece. She doesn’t say anything. She doesn’t fight back. She is still young to be dealing with type of conflicts.
If you were in this situation, would you take the cellphone back? Why and why not?
I am missing my nieces and nephews. I wish am home so I can give them hugs and kisses every time I get the chance. I enjoy their company and we always had a great conversation and did fun activities at home.
Hearing their voices and seeing them on video chatting is different than talking with them in person. Because they don’t have an Internet connection in their households, my sister will take them to the nearest Internet cafe in town when she goes to chat. But that is not very often.
I care for my nieces and nephews so much that I am doing my best to give them the things that will help in their schooling and everyday needs. This I know, that these kids are looking up to some things that other kids have. They want to have pretty school bags or school clothes or new shoes. They also want to go to school with complete school supplies in their bags. They want to eat good meals in the canteen. But with a very tight budget, they only have small amount of money ($.25 perhaps) in their pockets. Still they diligently go to school on weekdays. I also know that my siblings are taking good care of their kids. And my parents are there to assist and help in any way as much as possible, too. But my thoughts are with them. I love them. In God’s amazing graces I will do my best to help my nieces and nephew. I won’t let them down as long as I have the strength and good health.
Our little baby E is growing fast. She’s 10 months now and is very adorable. In two months she will be turning 1! Oh how time flies! My family and I were on vacation back home when she was born and I was very happy I got to hold her when she was a newborn. My whole family was so delighted to see and welcome the new bright big bundle of joy.
My sister-in-law gave birth to my niece in a birthing center in our town. They paid about $80 for the midwife’s service. She had a normal delivery and I don’t think she had a shot of anesthesia. But she made it. Her delivery was successful.
The recovery period for a normal delivery doesn’t take long. It usually takes about a month or two then moms should feel well. But moms have to be very careful in lifting things up. She has to watch her work loads. Over-fatigue and stress can lead to sickness. Remember there’s a little one depending on you. Request for help from friends and family when needed. Same advice I told my sister-in-law because I know her better.
My little niece is so adorable that she is. I bet she is keeping her mom busy. Or maybe she is being high maintenance. I don’t know. Whichever it is, I miss her. I can’t wait to see my new niece again…and everybody, of course. I sent her DD’s infant clothes. I asked my sister-in-law to send me new photos of our dear one. So anxious to see them.
It’s another great weekend with family today. We went to a pool party for dear husband’s nephew (DD’s cousin) in Prosper. The party was to celebrate nephew’s acceptance to the Navy school and scholarship. Outstanding, huh? Yea, we are so proud of him.
So, we were able to come and join the fun because it’s a Saturday and DH came with us, too. I was very glad because he can go and watch our darling daughter in the pool. It’s also a special occasion so the family’s there. The theme of the party was patriotic so there was red, white, blue, and stars in the decor.
This time, I was able to join DD and DH in the pool. Good thing that the monthly sickness was gone and I was in a good mood. We had a great time swimming and playing in the water. When we’re in the pool, my little girl just hangs on to me like a tick. 😀 I was trying to let her kick her legs like what the instructor at YMCA taught. But she just wants to play in the water. Splashing here and there. 🙂
At the pavilion, my in-laws were having fun talking and catching up. My husband’s parents came over for the occasion, too. There were hamburgers, hotdogs, cupcakes, cake, salad, chips and dips, and lots of drinks at the party.
I am sure my niece and nephews are not looking forward to go back to school yet but they are excited about getting new school supplies and uniforms. My brother and his family just moved to his wife’s place a couple of months ago, will definitely enroll his son to a new school nearby. Actually, the school is just right across their house. He will be in the Second Grade this year.
On the other hand, my younger sister’s kids are ready to be enrolled in the new grade levels. My niece will be in Ninth Grade and my nephew will be in Fifth Grade. Oh how time flies! Seems like yesterday when I was playing pretend with those kids back home. They are growing so fast.
My sister told me something about this ‘brigada’ thing they do before the classes starts. It wasn’t clear to me at first because she did not elaborate what this ‘brigada’ thing really means. I asked her what they do in the school before the enrollment begins. She said parents have to do cleanup and weed removal using shovels. This is a new program by the Department of Education called ‘Brigada Eskwela’ (School Brigade) focusing on school environmental cleanup, recycling, and the importance of school sanitation and hygiene. The DepEd is teaming with parents, teachers, and other concerned people on this school maintenance program. Well, it’s not a bad idea at all. In fact, this will give the individuals something to engage with. Helping the school and environment is a big deal.
Classes start on June 3, 2013. Hopefully the balikbayan box will arrive and be delivered very soon because I sent the kids some new clothing.