For the past eleven years, i have been getting a lot of educating from the most unexpected and amazing teachers i have ever had. My children. Unknown to them, they have taught me the richest, most valuable, humbling and life changing lessons in life. And i have a feeling i will be needing their expertise for many more years.
This morning another lesson was taught to me. This time, my son has brought along his little friends to teach me the value of becoming myself. The best version of me.
I have four more years till i reach that phase they call “middle age”. But there are times when i feel that i am already at the foot of that bridge. With a college diploma, a former career in broadcasting, a freelance job, a life of a full time Mom, a happy marriage and a wonderful family, there are times when i still feel the need to ask the questions…
Who am I? What makes me special? What can i do?
I ask not because i am lost. I ask because sometimes no matter how fulfilled i am, i need to remind myself of me. That underneath the dishes to wash, laundry to fold, beds to make, articles to write, and events to dress up for, there is that person who is so unique that there is no other individual on earth who was made exactly the way i am. That everyday i am given the grace, a new opportunity to be the best that i can be.
This morning i had the privilege of meeting the most confident and happiest people on earth.
They are strong. They are brave. They are cute. They are happy. They are thoughtful. They are smart. They are helpful. They are special. They are proud. They are super. They are lovable. They are kind.
They are the preschoolers of Creative Explorers. Our son’s preschool. Our daughter’s alma mater.
They are themselves. So simple. So exact. So true.
“When i grow up, i want to be a firefighter so i can put out the fire”. To dream of becoming someone with the intention of helping others. How many of us still have that purest of intentions?
“I want to be a doctor, so i can inject people”. That one was greeted with cheerful laughter and applause from the audience :)
“I am special because Mommy loves me”
” I can sing”.
And i realize it is never that difficult to be just like them. I live with them. Everyday, i have this precious gift of time to learn with them, laugh with them, cry with them, sing with them, dance with them, play with them, make a mess with them, create art with them, build memories with them. Be myself with them.
Today, our son together with his friends bade goodbye to another school year. They were now ready to move up. So ready that even if the lights were suddenly turned off on that stage, they would keep on shining for their light would be enough to fill that entire hall with their brightness.
The graduating class’ song perfectly defined who they are. “Liwanag sa Dilim” ( Light in Darkness).
So much enthusiasm. Brimming with optimism. Simply contagious.
I can be who i want to be.
“I’m the world’s greatest. I am an eagle. I am a tree. I am the river. I am the sea. I am the sun. I am the moon. I am the star. I am Jupiter. I am Mars. I am you. I am me. I am the most beautiful. I am the strongest. I am the most important”.
What a blessing to witness this milestone. To see these little heroes at their best. Yes, they are heroes. For everyday they save someone from sadness, from negativity, from being ordinary, from gloom.
Teacher Giselle Elgincolin. Founder and Directress of Creative Explorers School for Children. One of the most passionate and dedicated teachers that i admire.
To have our little boy among these promising and gifted children. To hear them speak of the joy of life, of God’s goodness, of who they are, of their dreams, of what they can do and of what they can become. What a heart changing experience. In two hours, i have learned so much, more than i have ever learned in one college semester.
A valuable life lesson.
And for this, i am thankful for every teacher who has taught, inspired, loved and encouraged my children to be who they are are, to be the best that they can be, to celebrate their uniqueness, to never stop exploring, to continuously yearn to learn.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Parenting is a whole lot more enjoyable and fulfilling with you.
The passionate, energetic, pretty and vibrant teachers and staff of Creative Explorers
But the biggest thanks i reserve for my little teachers. Thank you for for being you. Thank you for teaching me that there is no other person i would rather be, than me.
“I am the smallest thing that you love and the biggest thing from above”.
Yes my darlings, you are. No matter how big you’ll get, remember this:
You will never be ordinary. You will never be small. You are God’s masterpiece. You are unique. You are you. The very best there is.
Because of you, i know that i am too.