- Four little boys (ages 13 to 5) looking at their first baby sister (still warm from the hospital, now sleeping on her crib) -- silly grin on their lips, awe and wonder in their eyes.
- Eldest son skipping afternoon class to hurry home to baby sister. His explanation: "Nangagasim ako."
- Same son asking now two-year old sister for a kiss; scratching his head as little vixen kissed everyone -- dad and mom, kuya A and kuya B and kuya C and D; even kissed stuffed toy, pillow and chair; in fact, giving everything and everyone a kiss -- all except the head-over-heels kuya who was begging for one.
- Receiving a cookbook for Christmas with the following inscription: TO MAMI, THE COOKER OF GOOD FOODS. LOVE, YOUR SUNS.
- Receiving a birthday card with the following greeting: DEAR MOMMY, YOU JUST DO NOT KNOW IT, BUT YOU ARE ALSO PRETTY SOMETIMES."
- Reading daughter's diary, squinting so hard at the deliberately misshapen handwriting; then at last coming across a line in big, straight letters, all caps: HI MOMMY, I KNOW YOU'RE READING THIS. ENJOY!
- Going home from shopping, tired, ready to drop; going straight to bed to rest; being asked by waiting children if she noticed anything; answering "no, what;" being asked again and again if she sensed anything new or different; beginning to feel exasperated and pikon from all the asking and the giggling and her not knowing; and finally being told: MOMMY, WE BOUGHT YOU A NEW BED. YOU'RE LYING ON IT. HAPPY MOTHER''S DAY!
Thanks. Won't mommy-talk for a while, promise!