Everyone has that part of them that they feel could be improved, that they work on and are proud of. Some do countless crunches and exercises to keep their core tight. Others wake up and meticulously groom and draw their eyebrows. For many years, all I could think about was my hair.
Browsing through the Instagram photos of the Gee Family makes me long for the freedom and ability to sell everything and travel around the world. Although Garrett Gee did make $50 million when he sold his tech company, they did sell all their possessions and just used that money to fund their travels (Yes, the money in the bank was a nice safety net). I love reading stories like this where families brave being in new and different surroundings. What a great opportunity for the kids to learn about other countries, cultures, and people!
May is Asian-Pacific Heritage Month this year, and one thing my sister and I talk about constantly is finding ways to teach our children about their heritage. We grew up in the Philippines, so it was very easy to know the Filipino culture—we were constantly surrounded by it. As I raise my family here in the United States, it is a little more challenging and requires more effort. It is important to me though that my children embrace their Filipino heritage as this helps them form an identity—who we are, where we come from, and what we believe in. These are some of the ways in which we have encouraged our kids to learn about, and be proud of, being Filipino.
The other day, I mentioned on Facebook how much I was craving boba milk tea (again), when someone mentioned using Doordash and having it delivered. I thought to myself, having food delivered when I was at work and in the middle of a project was one thing, but getting it brought to my home because I didn’t want get the baby ready, get in the car, and drive ten minutes away sounded a little ridiculous. Still, unwilling to wake a sleeping child, I signed up and got my boba in under an hour. And something went off in my brain, like an epiphany—though maybe not in the best way. The next day, when the boba craving hit again, it seemed too easy to use my new coupon from Doordash and get it delivered again. And it occurred to me, that in this age of convenience and near-instant gratification, how do we teach our kids the value of patience or working through things?
For quite a few years all the books I read were non-fiction – everything from parenting, history, and biographies. I’ve only gotten back to reading fiction in the last two years, and my to-read pile keeps growing and growing. It is as if I have to somehow make up for all the time lost. This article on how reading fiction benefits us gives me all the more reason to justify the pile by my bedside.