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The weather today is crazy. It's the middle of summer but we are experiencing heavy rains. I am sipping a cup of coffee wondering what will happen for the rest of the day, when my nephew Eldridge suddenly crossed my mind. I missed him very much. He is staying with my parents in Alamada, my hometown. My mother brought him home last March 7, 2009. Since he is the first nephew we had and the first grandchild in the family, naturally he became the subject of everyone's affection. We're all so crazy for him.

He was born on May 23, 2008 to my sister Elanie. I named him Eldridge after the man who is frequently visiting my dreams since childhood. He is my little angel who made me reconsider my future plans the moment i held him in my arms. I could not describe the joy I felt when i kissed him for the first time. It is as though he is my own. I love this little fellow very much. I never thought my heart could hold so much love for a baby. He never fails to make us all laugh with his antics, despite the fact that he rarely smiles. A trait he had inherited from my sister, his mom. :)

Since his arrival, his cries and screams filled every corner of our home. He gave life to our lonely and quiet home. I can see how radiant my parents' faces are as they laugh everytime Eldridge says, "Ta, ta, ta", referring to my father and makes his signature "mukhasim" face.

Last Holy Week, I went home to spend the holiday with my parents, my two sisters Eleonor and Erika and of course my little angel. I got the time for bonding while babysitting for him at the same time. It was fun, really, because he never gave me a hard time. He will only scream when hungry and cry when sleepy. He has this particular favorite cd of nursery rhymes. In fact, he won't go to sleep if he can't listen to it. For five days, I never got the chance to listen to my own music. All I heard were Eldridge's nursery rhymes that until now are still playing in my head. Occasionally, I find myself unconsciously humming the Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. :)

On May 23, 2009, he will be celebrating his first birthday and he will be spending it with us. I am sure it's going to be a very happy day for all of us. but a sad event on the other hand. Why I have said this? Because, he will be going back to Quezon City where his mom works a week after his birthday. I know it would be selfish to say but I wish my sister will not take him home anymore. But well, what I am wishing for is impossible. I guess I should be contented with the little time he is spending with us at the moment. All I have to do is just savor it because it won't last long. Surely, his departure will break my parents' hearts for they are so used to his presence in our home. I know it will be a long time before they can get over with it.

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