RJ’s First Encounter with Cows

Most parents say kids today are much luckier. Because of the media and technology kids’ life are simpler and easier. But are they really luckier than the kids 30 or 40 years ago?

When we went to Cavite for a family outing and reunion last week, I was glad that we finally breathe fresh air. There were rice fields and greeneries along the way to the beach. RJ was glad to see cows and goats. She even counted the cows and proudly said she saw 21 of them.


Poor RJ, she seldom sees farm animals because there are only cats and dogs in our neighborhood. So when we pulled over near the field with cows, we grabbed the chance and asked me to take pictures. It was RJ’s first encounter with cows.

girl with cows
When I was a kid, there were greens everywhere. We rode cows and carabaos.  We even drink fresh milk. We climbed trees, got out of the house, made our own games, got along with other children and had fun. How I miss my childhood!

Maybe kids’ life now are much simpler and easier but life then was cooler and healthier.

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Looking Back to My Childhood

I always tell RJ that she is very lucky for having everything that I was dreaming of when I was a child, Barbie dolls, doll house, gadgets, nice clothes and good foods. But then there are times I feel sad that she is growing up with all the pollutions around her, inhaling the heavy smokes with the noise bombarding her ears. With these in mind, I ask myself if the children today are really luckier than us. RJ rarely sees goats and cows and if I am not mistaken, she hasn’t seen a carabao. The city is populated by people and there is paucity or even non-existence of animal life, except for our neighbors’ dogs, cats and RJ’s two pet chicks. She hasn’t experienced flying a kite on wide green field and swim on river that is almost full of fish pens.

Children now may be luckier because they have all the things the modern technology has to offer but they get easily destructed and bored. Looking back to my childhood, life was simpler. It does not matter if life is good or bad as we have nothing to compare it with. Life is just what it is. We were having fun, running around with cousins and friends, playing “patintero”, “piko” and “tumbang preso”. We were contented because that was all we had…good friends. Yet we were all happy and look at life everyday with much awe and wonder.

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Childhood Seems to End Too Soon

I love these pictures so much. Watching her while she’s on the swing made me wonder how big she had grown. It seems like yesterday when she was born and now she will be on her tweens in a couple of years.

She is still playful but most of the time she is asking questions about boys and telling me stories about her crush. Our baby is getting smarter and curious everyday and childhood seems to end too soon. There are times I do not want to give her milk and multivitamin supplements because I think she is growing up too fast. If only she could be a baby forever. I know eventually we have to let her go. But for now, we will just enjoy every minute of her childhood.

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Chilhood Memories

Childhood is one part of my life that I love to reminisce. I remember spending summer vacations at my grandparents’ ancestral house. The house is full of rustic furniture made from wood and bamboo, giving it a cool tropical look. I was helping my grandmother cleaning and wiping the furniture. I admired them so much and always wanted to have one. For me, they are as lovely as my grandmother. When my grandparents passed away, I was so sad that my father didn’t get one of them. I was crying for 3 days for they were not just adorable furniture for me, they were full of my childhood memories.

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