Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Little Dreamers

When a talented ten year old girl sang her version of Lady Gaga's new song, "Born This Way" on You Tube; it not only caught the attention of the singer but she became an overnight sensation.

A few days later, my brother messaged me and asked, "Can I be A.R's manager?"

I laughed and said, "Yes". However, I stated that I want my son to finish his education first. He attends a French Immersion school; he takes guitar lessons, sings, dances and loves to draw. I told my brother that I want my boys to be well-rounded. And to my surprise, he praised me for doing a good job so far.

Mr. O and I know A.R is talented, smart and charismatic. And we're very proud of his accomplishments.

The truth is, I just want my son to have a normal life; to be happy and have a wonderful childhood.

Not thrust into the media spotlight.

Besides, what's the rush? My son still has room to improve and grow. We know he has big dreams but I think it's best that we let him work hard, and decide what he wants to do with his life. And we'll support him wholeheartedly.

As for my dear brother, he will just have to wait until A.R is older.

And to Maria Aragon, keep singing your heart out! She's definitely a star in the making, and an inspiration to all little dreamers.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Life of A Tween

The telephone was ringing off the hook on Friday evening.

Almost every hour!

Apparently, it was A.R's classmate; he needed help with his Nintendo game.

Mr.O and I are used to quiet and uneventful evenings. Usually, the boys are reading, playing games and listening to music.

We are not accustomed to being inundated with phone calls - especially directed to our eldest son.

Mr. O was flabbergasted. I was amused.

You begin to wonder, what's next? Facebook? School dances? Girls?

Oh no.

A friend of mine poked fun at me, and said I was raising a "heart-throb". I laughed at the notion, it was ridiculous. Not my boy!
Is this a sign of things to come?

You bet.

Welcome to the life of a tween.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Guess Who's 40

I've been dreading it for weeks.

My husband stated I've been depressed.

No. I've been in denial.

Sigh.

I'm forty years old! How do I feel? Numb? Speechless? Silly me. What's all the fuss?

I'm reminded of a quote by George William Curtis, "Age is a matter of feeling, not of years."

Despite having streaks of grey in my hair, and not being quick on my toes as I used to be. I still feel like I'm sixteen.

I don't try to hide my age. I'm quite comfortable in my own skin.

I'm even told life begins at 40. Really?

So, rather than having a big and lavish party, I chose a simple and quiet celebration with my family.

We ordered pizza, chicken wings and of course, had cake. I was in the company of my loved ones, and cherished every minute of it.



And I especially loved the homemade card from J.P. Priceless!
What could I possibly want? Life at 40 is grand.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Calm Before The Storm

Brace yourself, a major snowstorm is coming!

Oh no!!!

Let's be honest, if you live in Canada, you can expect plenty of snow and freezing temperatures around this time of year. No surprises here.

And if you haven't noticed yet, did you know that February is the coldest month of the year?

Brrr.

Nice, eh?

But I'm not complaining, this is nothing compared to the winters I grew up in. The frosty weather would begin in early November and end in late March. And the snowstorms were much worse back then! I tell my boys the winters were long and harsh.

Now it seems, winter starts in January and ends in late March.

Hmm. Take your pick.

So, if you've already grown weary of this cold blast, don't despair. It's going to be a snow day, a winter wonderland!

No?

Then, by all means, dream away.

Preferably lying on a white, sandy beach on a beautiful sunny day.