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Monday, April 15, 2013

Days of Our Lives

"Like sands through the hourglass...... so are the Days of our Lives" -The opening of every episode of Days of our Lives.  Sometimes when I aimlessly flip channels and come across this all too familiar TV series, I can't help but wonder who would love to watch these self-repeating episodes in which the story line is absolutely nothing new. Why is the background so fake? Even Keke's pop up children storybook looks more realistic than the set, to say the least.  Maybe something wrong with the lighting. What are the extras behind talking about? What are they laughing at? Although it's not my taste, there is obviously a fan base because apparently, it's been running since 1972. Older than me, with all due respect.

Time indeed passes by very sands through the hourglass, ( In need to get this phrase un-implant from my head, it's getting annoying!)  Keke is 2 1/2 and Kylie is 6 months. They are exactly 2 years and 4 days apart born in September.  I find myself teaching Keke more as his understanding increases. But a lot of times he surprises me with his reasoning.  For instance, I teach him when I say "I love you", his response back is "I love you too." We communicate in Cantonese but I specifically teach him this phrase in English. I know, I know, all too rehearsed but I’d be better off brain washing him  when he is still young and volatile before he turns to an unpredictable creature in his teenage years.  Very quickly he got it and one day I said "I love you." He responded "I love you three." Soon enough it became a game for him; someday it's "I love you four." while others were "I love you eight."

There was another incident I found it intriguing.  Recently, I started to potty train Keke and he loved flushing toilet all day long that I scolded him sternly many times. Then one day, with his limited vocabulary, he pointed to the toilet and said, "Water goes M." I said "What?" " Water goes M, eats fries." says Keke in a louder voice. Ding! I got it-Water goes to Mac Donald to eat fries!! Eating fries at Mac Donald to Keke is heavenly. That's why he kneels down and looks at the water intently every time he flushes because he assume the water is going on a field trip to Mac Donald!

Although Keke's Days of his Life are certainly few, he grows so much in understanding that it's tough for me to imagine what he will become in 10 years, 20 years and so on. Children are simple, their reasoning is straightforward and direct. A reminder to myself: The heart of a child is so pure, inside and out.  It is imperative to guard my actions and words; how they may have influenced my children intentionally as well as unintentionally. After all, I reap what I sow.  

Summer's Footprint:

Talking about reaping, this plant has nothing to do with what I sow, it just pop out in my backyard from nowhere.  Its fern like leaves wave at me casually when the wind blows.  It's so beautiful that I dug it out and put it in a pot.

Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?                     Matthew 6:26-27