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We Must Be Doing Something Right!

This is an actual three-way conversation between me and my two homeschoolers, Bea and Jude. I started the conversation as an avenue for an oral recitation in Math – addition and subtraction for Jude; and addition, subtraction and multiplication for Bea. But the conversation turned out to be a lesson in something far more important than Math. A lesson for me, on love and selflessness, and how my children’s respective characters are being developed.

Me: Jude, bibigyan mo ba si Mommy ng money mo? (Referring to Ninong Ogie’s gift to him.)

Jude: Yes, sa ‘yo na lang, pero kukuha ako ng isa. (There were 6 bills.)

Me: Bakit isa? Ano ang bibilhin mo?

Jude: Gamot. Wala na akong (name of his med) e.

Me: Hindi toy? Meron ka pa namang gamot, bagong bili ni Daddy.

Bea: Dahil ‘yon ang kailangan, Mommy, saka may toy pa s’ya.

Me: Okay. Ganon nga ba ‘yon, Jude?

Jude: Ilan ba ang money ko, Mommy?

I showed him the bills.

Jude: Sige, dalawa na ang kukunin ko. Isang pang gamot, isang para pambili ng electric guitar ni Ate Xia, para four ang sa ‘yo.

Me: Bakit para kay Ate Xia? Paano ka?

Jude: Sayang ang money ko ‘pag toy ang bibilhin. Pwede ba ‘yan sa electric guitar, Mommy? Kasya ba? Pag hindi, saka na lang.

Me: So talagang ayaw mo ng para sa ‘yo?

Jude: Ikaw, Ate Bea, ano’ng gusto mo?

Bea: Violin sana, pero mahal ‘yon. Pwedeng idagdag ‘yong coins ko, Mommy, 400 na ‘yon.

Jude: Three na ang kukunin ko, Mommy.

Me: Hmmm… Gamot, electric guitar at violin… So ano’ng gagawin natin sa natitirang money?

Jude: Sa ‘yo na, Mommy.

Me: Ano’ng gagawin ko don?

Bea: Pambili ng pagkain at gamit sa bahay.

Me: Bakit? Kulang ba ang pagkain natin sa bahay ngayon?

Bea: Hindi, Mommy. Para hindi ka mahirapan mag work.

Me: Hmmm… Ano’ng connection sa work ko?

Bea: Konti na lang ang work mo pag dadagdagan namin ang money mo.

I cried.

This is homeschooling at its best. You never know when you’ll get hit right in the solar plexus. When you’ll feel torn between feeling like your chest would burst with pride, and bawling like a baby for being humbled by the selflessness of your six- and eight-year-olds!

And these two are getting a perfect 10 in Character for this quarter.

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