This is for naomi
20 YEARS AGO:
5 years old. I thought I was the shiznit. I was the first grandchild, the first girl, a little princess. I was very maldita (a little devil) and I remember our maids quitting because I was so mean to them. I threw a glass of water at one of our maids once. And once, a maid was so frustrated with me she was crying. She threatened to hit me and I told her to go ahead cause I would then tell on her. I saw the time, my aunt would be coming home soon, I tossed a towel to her and demanded she wipe her tears so I wouldn’t get in trouble.
I’m not that unfeeling anymore thank God!
15 YEARS AGO:
I’m 10 years old. I got my period at the end of the year and I have no idea why people think this is such a good deal especially since i now have to wear this bulky pad. This is also my last year in the Philippines as we have our Canadian visa. The whole family comes over from different parts of the country to bid us goodbye. Our small cramped apartment is filled with people and you have to step over them while they sleep. They come to drive us to the airport and oh my, this is probably the saddest day of my young life now that I look back. I miss my family. It’s the last time I’ll see my grandmother healthy.
10 YEARS AGO:
I’m fifteen and boy do I feel alone. I’ve never quite gotten the hang of flirting so boys don’t flock to me. I feel like I can’t connect with anybody. My mom is so strict. No to parties, no to having people over, no to sleeping over. A lot of no’s. I really feel restricted. My mom and I have good days and bad days. It seems like a lot of bad days.
FIVE YEARS AGO:
I am in school. I just met a boy who I know my parents will not like. He’s not Christian, not Filipino. I hide our relationship from my parents for a few months and all hell breaks loose when they find out. Yikes! I never thought I would like this guy. I thought we would have nothing in common. But we are so great together, complementing each other very well. We are already starting to talk about marriage a few months after knowing each other. Oh, and his (nick)name is Woody.
My mom and I still don’t get along.
THREE YEARS AGO:
I’ve graduated and I’m in the working world finally. I am glad to see my school days behind but I think I’ll see the inside of a classroom again someday. I’ve moved out of the house and my mom and I definitely get along better. Woody is a staple in my life and everybody knows it. We’re engaged!
I’m finally married to the love of my life and we’re adjusting to each other. We take a trip to England, probably the highlight of the year. We also, gulp, decide to buy a house!
We moved into the house earlier in the year. Ain’t she a beaut? We have very much nested in this place and we’re loving every minute of home-ownership. Well, maybe not the mowing the lawn part. We’ve had a house-warming party that was a blast. And then off we went to Philippines for a 3-week long trip. We had a blast!
Yesterday was a Monday. The true start of rush hell at our work. You can see people tensing up, raiding the breakroom cupboard for the supply of Advil and Tylenol in there. Don’t sneak up on someone or they might just snap your head off. Yes, even I might be capable of it.
Good thing that I have some cool female co-workers to go the gym with. We walked to Larry North Fitness for lunch (everyday). Its 2 blocks away. We work out and then feel refreshed when we get back.
I had dinner at a friend’s house. Meat loaf, mashed potatoes, crescent rolls. Yum! We also watched the premier of Prison Break, which looks promising.
I need to spend some time with hubby. I miss him. We didn’t get to spend much time last nite cause he didn’t come to dinner with me.
Tomorrow is hump day, and that’s always a good thing. (Its halfway to the weekend).
We’re planning on going to Cancun, Mexico! We’re also, double gulp, planning to have a baby.
FIVE – TEN YEARS FROM NOW:
Have 2 kids, a better job career-wise. Have another certification, working on a master’s maybe. I hope to visit Paris, go sky-diving, white-water rafting all before I turn 30. I hope to be a fit mama! And a loving, more patient wife (???) Stay tuned for progress.