On this day, I was officially inching my way back to being a mom. See, all through the months of April and for about 99.9% of May, I was mostly a ma’am, as I prioritized my teaching above everything else. In the second week of April, I got a bad case of coughing spell (due to allergies) that lasted for a week plus my hands got blisters (because of chalkdust. Yes, maarte ang kamay ko). Yet I was still hailing cabs and going to and from OB Montessori Sta. Ana and OB Montessori Greenhills during my lunch break because I teach two venues in a day.
But not on this day.
For the first time this summer, I had to excuse myself from teaching. It was quite difficult for me because I liked my teaching assignment on that day: Fernbrook Gardens, Evia, Alabang. Yup, one of our UPCAT review venues was Fernbrook Gardens—where Randy and I promised ‘”’Til death do us part’” five years ago. And I loved teaching there: almost 100% of the students listened to me enrapt as I delivered my lessons, and laughed as though there were no tomorrow at my hirits. And, my oh my—during breaks, I just loved looking at the lush scenery that cradled us! Very serene. Just what I needed amid the crazy summer. But I had to pass, because on this day was Raviv’s moving-up ceremony. Randy couldn’t have gone too because his teaching assignment was in San Juan, and he had no substitute available. Good thing I was able to train my newest protégé very well. So he pitched in for me. I just couldn’t bear the thought of Raviv being the only kid at school without any parent on his and his classmates’ moving-up ceremony.
My friend and colleague Pau Perez named this look “Parisian Chic”. But since I want to mark this day as my return to being the stage nanay, I had to assert my mommyhood in the title. Plus, well, my dress was also lace-y. Here I was on my son’s moving-up ceremony:
And here’s a closer look at the details:
- vintage-looking, lace-y dress from….ukay! (I scored this only a week before—the hotel where stayed in San Juan was near an ukay shop that sold really nice clothes, aircon pa! ‘Yun nga lang the clothes were also relatively expensive. This dress cost almost P400.)
- brown wedge leather sandals from Aldo (I love these sandals and I’d have worn them anywhere if only they weren’t so darn heavy!!! Real leather is a double-edged sword, tsssk)
- black Balenciaga Lune
Anyhoo, before the moving-up ceremony the kids had a song and dance number. Here’s Raviv with his classmates:
And here’s Raviv with his other schoolmates:
By the way, it was a bit saddening because it seemed like Raviv was not in the mood on that day.
He didn’t sing or dance. He also didn’t mingle with his classmates. He just wanted to sit with me. That was surprising, because he’s hyper at home. But not on this day.
Until…He got hold of the microphone after the program! The minute he held the microphone (with my and Yaya Isay’s close supervision), his face changed and he just got giddy and started singing! Gusto lang pala siya ang center stage! Seems like his motto is “Kung may ka-share ako sa limelight, ‘wag na lang!” #nakupow!
By the way here are Raviv, I and his certificate of completion:
Ooops, ‘yung Certificate lang pala ang kita! Take two:
And ooooh!!! I also saw Gale de Villa, my first best friend in college!!! Incidentally her nephew was Raviv’s classmate!
I honestly felt a tad bad that I asked to be substituted on that day. But I was confident that Jasper—my protégé—would do great (mana sa trainor!) And I heard he did. So I had no regrets whatsoever that on this day, I put Raviv first. Seeing how much he missed me and how much he loved being with me was pure bliss. 🙂 After all, no matter how much you train someone, there won’t be any better substitute or a kid’s real mom.
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