Sunday, January 01, 2006

Where the Heart is

tel and papa

Meet two of the most cherished people in my life: my husband, Jonas, and my daughter, Chantelle.

It is said that we are blessed by the people in our lives and enriched by them. I could not agree more. My loved ones have always made me want to be a better person. More loving, more patient and persevering.

Take for example, my 5 year old daughter, who seemed to have made a pact with herself to hold off sleep for as long as she possibly can. This results to her active and very much awake self playing (tirelessly it would seem) and asking every possible (and at times impossible) questions. Of course, it would require patience (which in my maiden days, I didn't have much of), energy (significantly less after a full day's work) and enthusiasm (she can't understand why I'm not as excited by Dora the explorer's adventures, as she is) as I can possibly muster.

My husband, too, has given me invaluable lessons on patience (just have to watch tonight's game, hon. Two more minutes and then you can watch CSI), perseverance (your third attempt in cooking this bacon omelette is great, hon), and creativity (how did this shirt you washed get to be in this color?)

Truly, the people in our lives enrich us in countless ways. We would not want to be anywhere else. As long as they're happy and well, we are okay with the world. Financial and work problems be damned. Happiness is truly where the heart is.


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