Monday, March 31, 2014

Our Beloved Papa

On March 1st, we celebrated my father-in-law's seventy-fourth birthday.

Little did we know, it would be his last.

Three weeks later, he passed away suddenly.

And like so many people, I was in complete shock!

My mother-in-law called me earlier in the day, and told me he had a mild heart attack.

I told her we would visit him in the hospital after Mr. O comes home from work.

Unfortunately, we didn't get to see him before his last moments.

Mr.O, my mother-in-law, and my sister-in-law didn't even have the chance to say goodbye.

It was too late.

Last week, we had two days of visitation, the funeral and the internment on Thursday.

The boys said heartfelt speeches, and A.R played guitar for his grandfather.

It was so beautiful and touching. Not a dry eye in the room.

And there were prayers said all week. A family united in grief; sharing and reminiscing happy and wonderful memories of our beloved Papa.

Now, Mr. O has gone back to work and the kids have gone back to school,

Back to normal.

Life goes on, without Papa.

We will miss him so.

And he will be in our hearts forever.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Little Discoveries

March Break has come and gone.

Back to the same old routine.

Thank goodness!

It's been a long week with the boys, but here's what I discovered:

My boys no longer play with toys - no more Lego, cars and action figurines.

Their toy box is left untouched, collecting dust in their bedroom.

A.R is a teenager so I can understand but the younger one has lost interest.

Instead they play with their computer and laptop, using Skype to talk to their cousins and friends.

But for their lack of physical activity and creativity,  I made them go out in the snow storm last week, and asked the eldest to help me shovel the snow. And I told J.P to make a snowman while we cleared the sidewalk and driveway.

I was able to discern that when given a task, they readily accept and accomplish it!

Another thing I noticed, kids today have a language of their own.

Using words and phrases I never heard of!

Their banter is entertaining, often saying "I'm trolling with you!"

Huh?

Like, "YOLO!" (You only live once.)

"Mom! No, please."

Apparently, I'm no longer cool.

Sigh.

And finally, despite the physical changes and growth spurts.

I can truly see how both of them are happy, intelligent, funny and caring young boys.

I'm so lucky to have them in my life!