An imaginary friend or a demon?
About two months month ago while I was in front of my mirror putting BB cream on my face, Raviv (whom I left sleeping) suddenly shouted: “Gigi! Gigi!”
I rushed to him so he won’t cry (he sometime cries when he wakes up alone), but I was surprised to see him smiling. Grinning from ear-to-ear, actually. And he just kept on saying, “Gigi! Gigi!” It was as though he was talking to this certain Gigi. I got scared!
And it went on for days. Every time I mention “Gigi”, he would giggle! FYI at that time, we knew no Gigi. I asked Raviv, “Raviv baby, where’s Gigi?” And he would point somewhere and laugh. I also interviewed Raviv about “Gigi”.
Nanay Dew: Baby, is Gigi a girl or a boy?
Nanay Dew: Is Gigi pretty or ugly?
Raviv: Ugly. And scared ako sa kanya.
Nanay Dew: What is her color?
Raviv: Black siya Nanay (one time he said Gigi was red. But all other descriptions were consustent)
HOLYGUACAMOLE!!!! Creepy! My spiritual adviser told me to lay my hands on him and cast away this spirit that’s haunting my son.
One evening we were in the car I was telling Yaya Isay about Gigi. I was at the front passenger seat while Yaya Isay was at the backseat with Raviv. I asked Raviv, “Raviv where’s Gigi?” And he pointed to the empty seat beside Yaya Isay and said, “There.” At nag-freakout si Yaya Isay!!!
On that same evening we got home also arrived our two new helpers from Bukidnon. I let them rest because they had a long, grueling trip. The following day we met with them, and guess what the name of Raviv’s new yaya (Yaya Isay’s relyebo) was…
If you guessed Gigi, then yes, you are absolutely right!
Gigi the Gem
Yaya Isay has had a slew of partners in taking care of Raviv. And if you remember one of them hurt Raviv. Almost no one lived up to Yaya Isay’s exemplary performance, and I wasn’t really sad when they had to leave (usually because of their lovelives). But Gigi, in spite of the fact that her name used to scare us, proved to be a gem. Raviv loved her immediately because she’s such a lively character. Randy and I always stifle our giggles when we hear her telling Raviv imbento stories from the books. Bongga ang sound effects and wild na wild ang imagination! Randy even said that when Gigi arrived, Raviv no longer begs Randy to read to him (Raviv). Apparently Gigi is a much better storyteller.
Raviv and Gigi
Gigi is also very appreciative. When we brought her with us to Tagaytay, she repeatedly thanked us for letting her experience staying at a nice hotel suite and for letting her behold the beauty of Tagaytay. I even caught her numerous times jumping with glee! When she laid eyes
on a tiger, on several animals (such as lions, tigers, etc.), she was so childlike in expressing her happiness!
But what really touched me was this time that I was disciplining Raviv. See, Raviv has this habit of telling people, “Alis, alis!” He sometimes pushes people when he does it, sabay tawa. Apparently that’s his lambing and way of getting people’s attention. But Randy and I do not think it’s cute. People will definitely misconstrue it as rudeness, and regular readers of my blog know how much I hate parents who do not berate their rude kids.
Gigi’s genuine goodwill
So one time Raviv pushed Gigi and said, “Alis! Alis!” I scolded Raviv and commanded him to approach Gigi to hug her and to apologize to her. But Raviv was more concerned about placating me. So I got angrier, raised my voice and pushed him to go to Gigi. He started crying. But I am not the kind of mom who’s easily swayed by a cry. I still insisted on his apology. But he would just approach Gigi while crying. I persisted that he must apologize and that if he doesn’t I’d put him into his playroom alone. Then he cried more loudly in front of Gigi. And then Gigi broke down. She actually tried to hold back her tears and in a strained voice she told Raviv, “Raviv mag-sorry ka na. Sige na para matapos na. Sige na.” And then her tears fell and Raviv cried harder. At nagyakapan ang magyaya habang umiiyak. Grabe. I started to well up too. It’s not that I felt sorry for Raviv because I knew I was doing the right thing in disciplining him and I did not physically hurt him. It’s more of because I was so touched that Gigi felt sorry for my son. If you guys have only seen how Gigi held Raviv in her arms and how she was seemingly pleading for Raviv. The sight moved me. Right there and then, I knew my son was in good hands. [Later we were told that when Randy and I left, Raviv voluntarily walked up to Gigi, hugged her and said, “’Wag ka nang cry Yaya. Sorry Yaya.”]
I don’t know about the invisible “Gigi” that Raviv has called, pointed, and described in the past. It may be an imaginary friend or a bad spirit. But this is what I know: the visible Gigi I see with Raviv is an angel. 🙂
Tell me what you think!
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