In just about a month, Raviv will graduate from Pre-K. He and his classmates are really sad about leaving Gymboree, and Raviv is even sadder because we have decided not to send him to Xavier School for kindergarten. What sealed the deal was that the kinder class starts at 7:30 a.m Yes, 7:30! Randy said that it was too early, especially if Raviv would be coming from Los Banos pa. Kawawa naman if he has to be up by 5 a.m. every freaking day. This may be possible if I get preggers this year (yes, I’m finally ready!!!) Because if I do and if it’s as difficult as my pregnancy with Raviv, I have to be in Los Banos more often. The plan is just to transfer him to Xavier after kinder.
Conversation 1: The Snob
So when it was non-negotiable to Randy that Raviv will go to Xavier for kinder, we started scouting for other schools. We first went to inquire at the school where we originally thought Raviv would go (that was before we started working full-blast in Sta. Rosa, so we thought Raviv will definitely go to a school in Los Banos).
In the car after our ocular and talk with the admissions officer…
I: So Raviv, do you want to go to that school?
I: Why? It’s a good school.
Raviv: No, ayoko talaga!
Raviv: Because it’s dirty.
Nacacaloca! This school was one of the best in Los Banos, mind you. But Randy said he kinda expected that Raviv won’t like it because the inside of the school was dark, unlike the wide, open spaces of Xavier.
So anyway, let’s hear more of Raviv’s nacacaloca statements. I have to warn you though: some of them are no longer “Awwww”-worthy. Some of them are just dumbfounding statements. And warning: may mga adorably kadiri statements din. Continue reading at your own risk.
Conversation 2: Blast from the Past
This actually took place a long time ago, perhaps at least a year ago, I just forgot to include it in my old Conversations with Raviv posts. Anyway, it was during the time Raviv had runny nose. As in his mucus (aka sipon) was falling down his philtrum (FYI, that’s the part between the nose and the upper lip. Naks, may bago kayong natutunan!) So of course, I got some facial wipes.
I: Raviv, blow your nose. Let’s remove your sipon.
Raviv: OK, ‘Nay. But please don’t remove all of my sipon, OK?
I: Why? We have to remove all of your sipon!
Raviv: You leave a little sipon, kasi it tastes a bit yummy.
Waaah! Don’t say I didn’t warn you! (But admit it or not, there was a point in your life that you actually found the salty taste of your sipon yummy!)
Conversation 3: Secrets
A few weeks before Raviv’s birthday, he made a request.
Raviv: ‘Nay, when I’m already 5 years old I want you to stop calling me, “Ching Ching”, “Karbilette”, “Bing Bing”, “Baby Boy”and other names. Dapat “Raviv”na lang.
(I got sad, because that means he may no longer be my baby soon!!!)
I, with a sad expression on my face: Why Raviv? Why can’t I call you that anymore?
Raviv: I don’t want to tell you.
(This made me sadder. Nagsisikreto na ang baby ko!!!)
I, with a concerned mother expression, with matching hug and eye level contact: Raviv, look at Nanay. Raviv, ‘di ba we love each other? And you know what, mommies and babies don’t have secrets from one another. They tell each other everything.
Raviv, with a look of understanding on his face: OK Nanay. If we tell each other everything, then can you tell me all (everything) about nature?
Ay walastik. Tumigil na ako sa kakakulit kesa I’ll tell him “everything about nature” na ‘yan!
Conversation 4: The Reason
Last December, Raviv had a swell time with my side of the family because after more than a year he was reunited with his cousin (who’s like his sister, actually), Yoona (aka Ate Vi). Yoona may be moving to New Zealand some time soon, and we were talking about visiting her there.
My Mom/Raviv’s Abuelita: Why are you so excited about going to New Zealand, Raviv?
Raviv: Because of snow!
My Mom/Raviv’s Abuelita: Really? What will you do when you see snow?
Raviv: I will poo-poo in the snow! I want to see how poo-poo will look like sa snow.
My gas. Mga pangarap mo sa buhay, Raviv!
Conversation 5: Raviv’s Concern
One night, Randy and I were lying on the bed, reading. We were both wearing shorts.
Raviv: ‘Tay, why are Nanay’s legs bigger than yours?
And Randy burst out laughing.
Conversation 6: Raviv’s Donation
I promised to bring Raviv with me to my meeting at Manila Polo Club. I told him that while on my meeting, he could go to BeMe and do all kinds of crafts and even be a carpenter. That got him excited. However, our meeting as postponed at the last minute and Raviv was disappointed. So I decided to take Raviv out to lunch instead.
Driver: Ma’am, pahingi po ng bayad sa parking.
I: Naku wala palang laman ang wallet ko! Pa’no ba yan?
Driver: Ma’am kinse lang naman po ang bayad.
I: Eh wala talaga akong pera. Tingnan mo pa wallet ko. Ni piso wala. Ikaw na muna magbayad tapos babayaran ko pagka-withdraw ko.
Raviv, excitedly picking something up from the floor of our van: ‘Nay, here’s one peso. You have money now!
And then our driver and I looked at each other and then laughed together, with Raviv wondering what was so funny. Hehehe
Conversation 7: Still his favourite
Randy loves binging Raviv wherever he goes, especially during long drives. He said Raviv keeps him entertained. The two are so close especially these days, because they talk about boy stuff such as wrestling, animals, superheroes and villains. Randy related this conversation with Raviv as they were driving from Las Pinas to Los Banos. They were talking about Raviv’s favorites.
Tatay: Raviv what’s your favorite bird?
Raviv: The Philippine Eagle.
Tatay: What about your favorite reptile?
Tatay: Favorite letter?
Raviv: Well it should be “R” for Raviv but it’s actually “S”for Spider-man…
Tatay: Now what’s your favorite mammal?
Raviv: Two. Giraffe and elephant.
Tatay: What’s your favorite insect?
Tatay: What about amphibian?
Tatay: Your favorite sea creature?
Raviv: Sea horse.
Tatay: What’s your favorite spider?
Conversation 8: Tropang Trumpo Resureccion
Raviv declared that his new favourite fruit is cantaloupe/melon. While Randy was feeding him, they started talking about fruits.
Randy: Raviv, what’s the sweetest fruit?
Randy: No. There’s something sweeter than a watermelon.
Raviv: Uhm, papaya?
Randy: Nope. It starts with a letter “M”
(I was expecting Raviv to say mango or melon, but…)
Raviv: Oh. Mapaya?
Walanjong bata. If he were not 5 years old, I could have sworn he has watched Tropang Trumpo because the jokes there are akin to that, remember?
By the way, Randy was referring to marang (hello fellow Mindanaoans! Alam natin ito!)
When it’s ripe, it’s saccharine-sweet.