Unlike many kids his age, my son loves reading books. Apart from playing blocks, action figures, and his dad’s robots, Marty finds reading our ultimate bonding session. That’s why even as late as almost 12 midnight, I do my best to accommodate his requests for bedtime reading no matter how tired and exhausted I am.
During the past few days, I’ve been in and out of meetings and been spending longer hours in the office than the usual. These are the days when the weight of my responsibilities take a toll on me. These are the days when I just want to pack my things and go on a week-long vacation. These are the days when I just want to scream on top my lungs, “I’m sooooo done with all these! I’m taking a break!” Which of course I’m not privileged enough to do at the moment.
Last Sunday night, my four-year old son was too clingy to ask me to go home early the following day. He said, “Mommy, umuwi ka ng maaga bukas ha…” I replied, “Maaga naman akong umuuwi ah…” (I always go home early.) Which is, of course, a lie because the earliest time I arrive home is seven o’ clock in the evening long after he finished eating his dinner.
Then we went on reading his books.
After reading, he made another request. “Mommy, ibili mo ako ng bagong book bukas sa National bookstore ha…” (Mommy, buy me a new book tomorrow at National bookstore).
This reminded me to challenge him, so I told him, “‘Pag bumili ako ng book bukas, hindi ako makakauwi ng maaga.” (If I buy a book tomorrow, I won’t be able to go home early).
Marty’s response surprised me, “Okay. Uwi ka na lang ng maaga.” (Okay.
Don’t buy me a new book. Just go home early tomorrow.)
Really! My son’s response surprised me. I’ve been so pre-occupied with work and with my upcoming maternity leave preparations that I didn’t realize how my son longs to spend more time with me. Indeed, no toy, no amount of money, no decent clothes, and no expensive travels can replace the precious time we spend with our family.
I’m such a lucky and proud mom to have a son who is mature enough to remind me of what our life’s top priority should be – our family.
Grateful and proud mom,
“In the end, kid’s won’t remember that fancy toy or game you bought for them. They will remember the time you spent with them.”
– Kevin Heath