February is an important month for my parents. Papa was born on February 12 and Mama, February 13, 4 years apart. When they were both alive, we would be very busy with parties. I miss them. I am lucky to have parents who truly cared for me. One of my precious possessions are tape recordings of conversations with my father (with snippets from my mother). Even since I transferred the tape into a digital format, it has been a regular ritual of mine to listen to the recordings just to hear my parents’ voices. The tape was not meant to get me to an emo-mode. On the contrary, it was quite funny to listen to it. I always laugh out loud listening to it. I was 6 and very precocious. I wish I can share them here but it is in Bisaya. I also think that only those who knew me personally will appreciate it. I also made incriminating comments about a classmate. haha
In one part of the tape recording, we were busy making my grade one project. I realized how involved my parents, especially my father, with my schoolwork. No, he did not spoon feed me but he was there to teach me how to read, making sure I understand what I am reading. I enjoyed doing math with him and we always have fun geography quizzes. My childhood was filled with stories some of which he made up. My father’s guidance was a good foundation in how I live my life even without them around. I spent 8 growing up years away from them but I survived because they have already prepared me (albeit unconsciously) of independent living.
Although I always do independent reviews in taking college entrance tests and in most tests that I need to take, I understand why some people get themselves gre tutors for graduate studies. Getting into a graduate school program can really have an impact in your future career. There is a certain prestige associated with people with a graduate degree. It is only wise to get nextsteptestprep updates to keep up with graduate school news.
How about you? What are the things you learned from your parents?