Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring

Spring is here.

And the birds are busy building their nest above our bedroom window. Each morning, I hear them chirping, fluttering and colliding against the window pane.

These birds return every year, my alarm clock of the season.

Wake up! Wake up! Wake up!
A new day has begun.

Can I stay in bed a little bit longer? I've been hibernating.

Did March Break come and go? I could have sworn I had the kids all week but it seemed like an eternity.

Like the birds, my boys wake up at the crack of dawn and shrill all day long.

The very thought of spring brings renewal, rebirth and change.

And a special birthday.

I can't believe my eldest son turned eleven years old.

Sigh.

Where did the time go?

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tears of Joy

On Monday evening, I received a phone call from my brother. The moment I heard his trembling voice, I became very concerned and asked him what was wrong. He began to recount the details of his day and said that he and his lovely wife had been approved for adoption.

I was ecstatic! However, I was confused with his reaction. I could hear him weeping on the phone. Isn't this what he's been waiting for? I slowly repeated the good news to see if I had heard him correctly; he confirmed it was true. Then what was the matter? I realized he was sobbing tears of joy. I guess it's been an emotional journey for my brother and sister-in-law. Finally, after two and a half years, they're one step closer to becoming parents. I can only imagine the sense of relief, and elation he must have felt at that very moment. I know it's been a long, difficult process for them but at least, they will soon have a little one to call their own.

I expressed my happiness, and congratulated them. I proudly announced the wonderful news to family and close friends. After all, I'm going to be an auntie, and my boys will have a new cousin.

My brother was overwhelmed with emotion but he summed it up beautifully, "Today I feel unspeakable love."

As do we, dear brother.

We wish both of you all the happiness in the world.