As a busy mommy, I realized that there are areas of my life that I will neglect if I don’t plug them in my calendar. It’s easy to get caught up with the day to day routines of running a household, taking care of the kids, attending to my husband’s needs and making myself available for our business and my career but there are other facets of my life I don’t ever want to miss out on.
I have made a constant reminder to self and plugged it in my calendar to make sure to visit my parents and my grandmother who lives with them. It’s a weekly reminder that sometimes gets forgotten but I realize more and more as my children grow up, I would hope that when they are living their own lives, that they would wish to constantly come home to be with us because we provided them with overflowing love that they can’t live without coming back to that constantly as I experience now when I don’t touch base with my folks as often as I can.
The other day, I woke up and made a decision to not go another day without seeing my parents and grandmother. I couldn’t stand the thought that they were close to me (in their weekend home just in the other boondocks for the day). I then asked my husband, Anthony to take care of the kids concerns while I hie off to be with my Mommy, Dada and Mamang where I could be their Baby, Pupay and Ate Cel.
As I drove, I felt excited to run to their arms and rest in their love and I did just that. The beautiful surprise was that my younger brother, Melvin was there and we were just lost in each other’s presence and love. We sent my youngest brother, Mikhail who is in Canada our photos and he also was one with us , virtually but very much present, still. I thank God for the gift of family. We are not perfect and we may not see each other eye to eye 100% of the time but our love goes beyond our imperfections. I thank God that I belong to the family that He has blessed me with and I am whole.
“We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives.”
― Maya Angelou
May 21, 2015 by Mommy Maricel