Earlier this evening as we were walking home from dinner at Karne Frio, Raviv was happily chasing his shadow. It was so cute! Randy must have been as amused because he just suddenly declared: “I couldn’t ask for more from a son!” Kinilig ako. I really love it when Randy expresses how happy he is with our son.
Speaking of Raviv, homaygas, would you believe he’s already turning four this December? Grabe, parang kelan lang when he was still a helpless baby!
But now, he’s already an active and inquisitive little man…who says the funniest things! Here are some of the things I remember him saying these past months.
Conversation 1: Kelangan bang i-memorize ‘yan?!?
When Randy was still a toddler, he got lost in a big park. But he was able to go home because between sobs, he was able to tell the police officers their telephone number. So one day at home, Randy was teaching Raviv basic stuff about himself (Raviv) in case (Lord wag po please) Raviv gets lost.
Randy: What is your name?
Raviv: Raviv Sales Ladaga.
Randy: Very good! What’s your father’s name?
Randy: Nye! What’s the name of your Tatay?
Raviv: Tatay Randy Ladaga!
Randy: Good. Where do you live?
Nyehehehe! Naku, bawal ka talagang mawala anak!
Conversation 2: Patience
Everyone knows my penchant for big eyes. I’ve always been frustrated about my almond-shaped eyes, because I wanted soulful, doe eyes. When I was pregnant with Raviv, I kept on wishing my child would have big eyes. But wouldn’t you know it, God gave me a chinky-eyed son. One time I was telling a friend about my sadness over Raviv’s chinky eyes.
I to a friend: Pinagdadasal ko nga dati na sana malaki ang mata ng anak ko, kaso ginawang singkit…
Friend: Maganda naman ang singkit, mukhang Korean.
I: Oo pero gusto ko talaga malaki sana ang mata ni Raviv.
Raviv, butting in: Nanay magiging big din ‘yang eyes ko…small ‘yan kasi small pa ako eh, ‘di ba?
Ano’ng singkit?!? Sino’ng maysabing singkit ako? – Raviv
Conversations 3 & 4: English Only, Please
Last summer, Raviv was almost 24/7 with his former nanny, Yaya Gigi (Yaya Isay got preggers, ‘di ba? And Randy and I were too busy). The thing with Gigi is that she can’t help but speak in Bisaya even when talking to someone who doesn’t understand a Bisaya word. So of course, Raviv was already imitating her “Hala natagak!” (translation:
Nabutas Nahulog), “Ay wa’y agas! (translation: Walang tubig), “Istoryahi!” (translation: Ikwento mo!”) and many more. When he returned to school in June, we encouraged him to start speaking in English again (not because we just wanted him to sound sosyal but because they have to speak in English at school as he has several foreigner classmates) and told him that if he doesn’t speak English he won’t have friends as his classmates won’t understand him.
One night he approached me.
Raviv: “Nanay can I have some cookies?”
Before I could give him an answer he immediately followed up with…
Raviv: “English ba ‘yun?”
And then he groaned. It was so cute!
But his obsession with the English language did not stop there. One time I was telling him about his ancestry.
I: Raviv when people ask you why you’re singkit, tell them it’s because of your Lolo Roger.
I: Because you got your eyes from your lolo who’s pure Chinese. So when people ask you why why you’re singkit, tell them it’s because you’re part Chinese.
Raviv, shouting: No, no! Hindi ako Chinese! English ako!
Conversation 5: A valid question
Speaking of Raviv’s foreigner classmates, remember his half-German half-Japanese crush, Yuna Kretschmar? Luna is a really pretty girl who’s as cute as a button. And she really embodies “cute” in every sense of the word: cute as in pretty, and cute as in “maliit”. She is the smallest girl in class and several inches shorter than most of her contemporaries. Yuna and Raviv were classmates first in the iDiscover Class (kids 1.5-less than 3 years old). Then when Raviv turned 3, he got transferred to iExplore (3-5 years old) and left some of his classmates, Yuna included, at the iDiscover Class. We refer to iExplore as the “big kids’ class”.
Then one day, Raviv reported something to me.
Raviv: Nanay, Nanay, si Yuna classmate ko na again.
I: Wow, really?
Raviv: Yeah. Nasa Big Kids’ class na rin siya…pero ba’t ganun, small pa rin siya?!
I did not know how to answer this, seriously! Hahaha!
SOURCE. Guys, this is Yuna, Raviv’s crush. In fairness, ang gandang bata naman talaga. May taste si Raviv. Mana sa Tatay niya.
Conversation 6: Don’t forget my Yaya!
On our way to Manila, Raviv kept on singing a song about the months of the year. With us was his new yaya, Yaya Beth.
Raviv, singing: January, February, March-iiing May; June, July, aaand, Auguuust; September, October; November and December. These are the months of the year, dan-dan…These are the months of the year (repeat 10x)
I: Raviv, it’s not “Marching May”—it’s March, April, May.
Raviv, singing: January, February, March-iiing May; June, July, aaand…
I, interrupting Raviv: Ay Raviv, it’s “March, April, May” and not “Marching May”.
Raviv, singing incorrectly again: January, February, March-iiing May…
I, with a brilliant idea: Anak ganito, think of Ate April (our new helper) and Ate May (our other new helper). So it should be, “January, February, [emphasizing] March, April, May…”
Raviv: OK, OK. I’ll sing again: January, February, March, April, May, BETH! June, July and August…
We all burst laughing! At siguro, na-touch ang Yaya Beth niya! Ayaw pumayag na hindi starring ang pangalan ng yaya niya sa kanta niya!
Conversation 7: Busted!
Lately, Randy’s skin breakouts went from bad to worse. He’s been going to a local derma to no avail. So I forced him to go to Obagi. He was advised to get the whole Nu-Derm System. At kumusta naman ang dami nun ‘di ba? At ang mahal pa! So of course, Randy has to diligently apply these so our money won’t go down the drain (together with these expired products if he does not use them). And when he’s doing his hated face ritual, he goes to my vanity table where there’s a big mirror (with lights pa!) to apply the products.
One night, Raviv was surprised to see Randy in my vanity corner applying creams to his face.
With a disapproving look on his face, Raviv questioned Randy.
Raviv: Hey what are you doing?!? Are you being a boy…or being a girl?
So Randy just rolled his eyes at me, and I knew he hated this Obagi ritual all the more!
I hope that my boy made you laugh, or at least smile, as you hurdle the Christmas rush. Please wish me luck (or better yet, please pray) with the soft opening of Gymboree Sta. Rosa on Sunday next week (Dec. 21). Our soft opening will be marked by the birthday celebration of Raviv! If you could come, do let me know so I could send you more details. My friends and readers are always welcome!
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