I grew up on the quote from my parents and maternal grandparents that
‘”Education is the only thing that no one can take it away from you.”
It has been ringing in my head for more than 3 decades and now that I’m a parent myself, I and my wife take full responsibility in bringing our kid to school, despite the enormous challenges of doing so. And we return the favor to our parents even if it isn’t obliged as we inculcate the same quote to our son as early as now.
As educators, my wife and I easily irk when our college students disregard their schooling but that’s another story.
Today, we enrolled Gabby on his last year in preschool–Preparatory. Oh yes, it’s that season again of covering books with plastics, buying school essentials like bags and other school supplies. These are the days that remind me how glad I was during shopping of new school stuffs when I was in my younger years. I guess, it’s innate with kids or with anyone to get ecstatic whenever we acquire new things, even the simplest ones.
These are his books and notebooks with 2 more books left undelivered. His teachers this morning told us that although it’s not a requirement, this is the stage when Gabby needs a stroller-bag that God forbid, may stress him and his fetcher (mostly me, Tina or his Lolo Ben depending on our schedules). Why do young kids need to carry heavy loads to and from the school while the college ones do not even keep a pen in their pockets?
We’re just happy that Gabby is excited again to go back to school unlike other kids I know that force and coercion are needed for them to attend classes.
Tina and I only bought him 3 sets of uniforms and a new PE shirt just to cut a little on expenses; anyway, his old pairs are still wearable. We still need to shop for his school supplies just before he reports on June 17.
Time flies so fast. It seems like it was only yesterday when he attended his first day in Nursery…
Good luck and God bless you, anak on your schooling! Just enjoy everything and flash those smiles always! Anong gusto mong baon, Gabby?