Why Raviv Cried

Two nights ago as I was putting Raviv to sleep, he was calmly reciting subtraction sentences. When his answers to his sentences were wrong, I would correct him. A second or two of silence, then he quietly confided something to me: ‘Nay, all my classmates are good in math, but I’m not." And then he buried his face in the pillows to hide his tears and muffle his sobs. Kinurot ang puso ko. Raviv then told me the names of his classmates who excelled in math. He also told me that in his class (there are only 6 of them), he is the worst in math. Before he slept, he declared, “I hate math!” Errr, sounds familiar, actually. That night, Raviv wet the bed. Twice. I read that stress and anxiety can cause that (well, that or because Raviv super loved the delicious melon juice that I made!) The following day in the van on the way to Gymboree, he asked me to practice him by reciting some basic mathematical sentences in addition and in subtraction. When I asked him whether he wanted … [Read more...]

Justice Should be (for) Given

During our Victory Small Group (aka Cell Group) Meeting this afternoon, our group leader Rhia Frio told us about the sad fate of our churchmate, Given Grace Cebanico (she attends our youth services but her mother church is in Rizal).  According to Rhia, Given's lifeless body was found near the International Rice Research Institute on Tuesday at 6.30 a.m.  Her legs were bruised (thus the speculation that she was raped) and she was shot.  Rhia told us that Given was last seen by at 2 a.m. after joining a group study (this is Finals Week for UPLB students) held at a classmate's house in Umali Subdivision to return to her dorm which was not very far.  Rhia added that Given was the daughter of a pastor. … [Read more...]