I’d been looking forward to the 5th of October because it was the Family Day at my son’s toddler school, Rainbow School. It was a get-together before the first quarter ended (Rainbow is an international school thus it follows the Western school calendar).
We were given two instructions for the Family Day:
- Bring a favorite family meal/dish or a something that our country is known for; and
- Come in our country’s national costume or wear something that represents what our family loves doing or whatever that represents our family.
Even though I love dressing up, I chose to ignore the costume thingy because I thought no one would bother anyway. Although to be safe, I decided to let Randy and Raviv wear their outfits on Raviv’s jungle safari-themed birthday (after all, we’ve practically rounded up almost all zoos: Ocean Park, Malabon Zoo, Davao Crocodile Farm, BioResearch Lost Eden.. at kahit nga Cartimar pinatulan na namin remember?) But I planned to wear jeans and a simple brown blouse because…because…sikip na sa akin ‘yung outfit ko nung party ni Raviv.
The original schedule was from 11:30 a.m. onward, and then we received an email that it will be moved to 10:30 a.m. A day or two before the Family Day, I got another email about the schedule. I ignored the email though, because I thought it was just a reminder that we were supposed to come at 10:30 instead of at 11:30. So on the 5th of October at 9 a.m., I had Randy and Yaya Isay send Raviv, who was wearing khaki polo and pants, off to school because I was making my mini-black forest cups (our family’s contribution to the gathering). Just as I was about to finish my black forest cups, Randy and Yaya Isay arrived at 9:15 telling me that the gathering will start at 9:30!!! That was what was on the last email I got, which I didn’t bother to read!!! Que horror! I haven’t even taken a bath yet!!! Add to that Yaya Isay’s bungad…
Yaya Isay: Hala Ma’am, ano’ng suot mo? (even though she already knows I wanted to wear the simple brown blouse and jeans) Andun na si **** at ‘yung Mommy n’ya, ang ganda ng suot terno sila.
Me: Ha? As in um-outfit? Ano’ng ichura?
Yaya Isay: Ay basta Ma’am maganda ang suot nila, terno sila. Dapat kayo rin. Kawawa naman ang alaga ko…
So I hurried and took a bath quickly. I tried wearing the mala-Jane dress I wore on Raviv’s jungle safari-themed birthday, but instead of looking like Tarzan’s Jane I looked like a hippo stuffed into the dress. As in naglalabasan ang taba-taba sa may kili-kili ko!!! And then I remembered the other dress I was thinking of wearing on Raviv’s birthday…it also had a jungle-jungle vibe because it has animal print. So without further ado I put it on and off we went to Rainbow.
- Jungle print dress from The Ramp Crossings
- Choco brown Crocs wedges
- Tan leather bag from Staccato
- Headband with dainty ribbon from Girls Shoppe
Because of my oversight, we arrived at 10 a.m. Goodness, only Raviv had no parent!!!
I felt sorry for my son, but I also felt proud of him because his teachers told me he was such a good boy. They feared he would throw tantrums because only he had no parent, but noooooo! He was seated on his teacher’s lap, patiently watching the program and waiting for his parents.
By the way, I also didn’t regret dressing up because each family was required to go in front and explain the significance of the outfit. So kung hindi ako um-effort, mapapahiya naman ang Team Raviv, right? 😉
Of course, we made it up to him. My poor son did not want to be even an inch away from us. When we were already eating and his classmates were running around, he still clung to us. 🙁
Anyway, it was a feast! A variety of food was overflowing! Variety kung variety, because the foreigners really brought their country’s specialty!
After the feast, we were invited to go to our children’s classrooms so we parents could see what our kids do. It began with the kids singing, getting their names (in fairness, Raviv already knows what the word “Raviv” ought to look like), playing, and doing their arts and crafts. Of course, daig pa ang may presscon sa dami ng nagpi-picture na stage parents!
By the way, I couldn’t help but chuckle when Miriam, Raviv’s American classmate started calling her mother, “Nanay! Nanay!” And in fairness, hindi slang ang “Nanay” niya! Miriam’s Yaya Carmen told me that Miriam got it from Raviv.
And oh by the way, I also finally got a chance to have my picture taken with my fashion icon!!! Girls, meet Giada, my fashion icon:
Yes, I’m talking about Raviv’s classmate Giada (although this quarter, she’s already in the other class with older kids because she’s turning three). One thing that excites me in fetching Raviv from school is looking at Giada’s outfits!!! She always wears the most fashionable clothes! And, her fashion style is eclectic–one day she’s wearing a gypsy dress, then the following day cowgirl naman ang peg niya, then the next very ladylike…basta I always check out her dresses, and I rave about her clothes all the time! And by the way, I think the feeling is mutual. See how much Giada loves me too? She kept on hugging me, and even asked me to scratch her leg! Hehehe.
It was fun seeing the other kids’ parents, but I was hoping we would be forced to interact more. I want to foster friendship with the moms of Raviv’s friends. Well, perhaps at the end of this quarter we will have another get-together. 🙂 And this time, I promise we will no longer arrive late.
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