When I was pregnant, my only prayer was to have a normal, healthy baby. After I gave birth, my prayer was and continues to be for my ‘lil girl to be free from harm. Especially so when she started going to school. Because as those who have met Lian know, she’s a bit clumsy; or in Tagalog, lampa. She’s the type who would trip over nothing, who would bump an existing wall and would fall off the bed for no apparent reason.
That’s why anything that is beyond safety is already a bonus. When she started speaking at 8 months and constructing sentences at 1.5 years, we celebrated these blessings, but we also just thought that maybe because she’s a girl, it’s expected that she has advanced verbal skills. When she started showing inclination to music and arts, we rejoiced because it meant we can already bring her to watch stage plays. These milestones were accepted with pride but also downplayed as we don’t want to put pressure on her.
When she started toddler then nursery class, she regaled us with stories about her lessons, classmates etc. and earlier this year, she confidently told us she’ll be bringing home a medal during Moving Up. I think I have shared with you here that we tried to manage her expectations. We didn’t want to dampen her spirits but we also didn’t want her to be frustrated if she won’t get one.
So imagine our
surprise pride happiness when our ‘lil talkative girl got 6 awards 🙂
I thought I’ll trip on the way to the stage because my knees were a bit wobbly. It’s different pala when you’re going up the stage for your precious one. I had my share of awards from grade school to college and now that I’m already working, there were a couple of times I had to receive an award for the company. So it wasn’t really a strange, new thing for me to go up the stage. But for some reason, that day, it’s like it’s completely new and totally different.
We’re extremely proud of Lian! Yes, because she brought home not just 1 one but a couple more medals as she promised. But more so because she has shown discipline and determination to get what she wants at such an early age. Actually, it seems I’m the one worried that she might not enjoy her childhood. But when I saw her mingle with her friends and interact with her teachers and other parents, I felt relieved – she’s enjoying her own little world!
So…to my dear ball of a daughter – Lianpot, I’m so happy that you’re dreaming big and making your dreams come true, one at a time 🙂 I hope that you will continue to strive and won’t settle for anything less. I also hope that you’ll stay a kid for a little more time. I’m not ready for you to grow up just yet.
I’m so proud of you…and very thankful to God for giving you to us. You are our joy…
and our pride…
I love you honeypot! 🙂
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