Thursday, July 2, 2009

Child's Play

I want to have my kids of my own. I see how my brother is with his 5-year-old daughter and I tell myself I want one too. Preferably a boy. Fraternal twins would be fantastic. A boy and a girl. I even have a name in mind for the boy. It's a cool name. Methinks.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not exactly green with envy that my bro and former classmates now how their own families worrying more about health care, tuition, milk, diapers. Serious stuff.

It seems, observing from afar, that it would be nice to go home to a wife and kids after a boring day at work rather than to an empty apartment that has been a staple of my life for years.

The thought makes me both smile and cringe. Raising a kid is tough. They throw tantrums. Wail with no apparent reason. They piss and shit and you have to clean up the mess. Walls covered with crayon marks. Toys litter the household.

They also ask the most innocent of questions that adults grapple to find answers palatable to their unblemished young minds.

As a kid, I was no exception. Here are a couple of them.


Cemetery on All Saint's Day.

Me: Ma, why are all tombstones have RIP in them?
Ma: Because they are all dead and we wish their souls to rest in peace.
Me: Why are they all dead?
Ma: Because Jesus wants to be with them in heaven.
Me: Ma, why are they all raped?

I don't remember what mama answered. What I do remember was staring at all the crosses near lolo's final resting place and wondering why all of them were raped. Ah. As a kid I was already showing a demented mind.


SEA Games.

Me: What is SEA Games?
Co: Short for Southeast Asian Games.
Me: They play it in the sea?
Co: Some of them. Some in pools. Some in land.
Me: Why do they call it sea games when they also play on land?
Co: You will know when you grow up.


I was adorable then. I think. I hope my kids will be too.


gillboard said...

I like kids... but I like their toys much better...

I have cool names for my children too... pag nagkaroon nako...

atticus said...

hmm. matagal bago mag-five years old ang isang bata. five years. hehe!

yes, i'm sure you'll have a cute, curious kid. and i'm sure you'll be a fun dad. but travel more first. just a small piece of (unsolicited) advice.

Andy the Barbarian said...

I have a hard time imagining myself raising a family. I think I'm too preoccupied with myself to do so. Selfish ba? Mejo, hehehe.

Raft3r said...

i don't like kids
unlike you
di ako adobrable noong bata
i was a brat and a bully
lahat yata ng pinsan ko pinahirapan ko at binugbog at some point, eh

but i am totally in love with my two nieces
they are soooooooooo cute!

Panaderos said...

Like Atticus, I'm sure you'll be a great dad someday. But you're still young. Fatherhood, like love and marriage, will come at a time of its own choosing. Don't worry about all the troubles and hassles that having a kid brings, for when that time comes, you will find more than enough energy within you to deal with them.

Take care.

Jerick (the former Curbside Puppet) said...

ako din! i wanna have a family of my own...NOW!

Raft3r said...

sorry about that
si andy kasi
he gave me the link
kaya ayon
dapat locsin post lang ako, eh

The Scud said...

gillboard > kaya mas gusto ko lalaki. pwede ko laruin mga toys nya. hehe.

atticus > thanks for the advice. i'm actually traveling more now than last year but not as much as i would want to. gastos kasi.

The Scud said...

andy > oks lang yan. do what makes you happy. you start thinking about family and kids when you get older. that doesn't mean i'm old. nasa 20s pa ako. :D

raft3r > i love my niece too. spoiled lang kaya inaaway ko minsan. haha.

The Scud said...

panaderos > salamat din sa advice. ill keep that in mind. enjoy muna sa pagiging bachelor. :D

jerick > hala. mahirap yan. di pwede madaliin. 9 mts pa bago lumabas ang baby. hehe.

The Scud said...

raft3r > no big deal. tinamad kasi ako magsulat kanina. and that proves (again!) that great minds think alike. nyahaha...