Yesterday I came across a quote that said: ¨life whispers... listen closely¨. I loved it so much that I put it up on instagram. Life whispers... so true, we just have to listen closely which is not really easy with all the noise coming from every single thing in our lives. Yesterday for instance was a pretty loud day, there is the usual stress of living in Venezuela, beautiful yes, but lately so complicated and stressful. People get trapped in useless conversations about how we are constantly hitting rock bottom and how we could turn our lives and country around, the constant question of how are we supposed to keep on living here, and still not wanting to ever leave the country that we love so much... On top of all this taking up a lot of space in my mind, it finally rained, which is good, but traffic in Caracas goes wild with a single drop of rain, so we didn´t make it in time to Ale´s gymnastics and had to turn around pick Emi up from track and field training and head home to arrive almost at the same time as if we had made it to the gym. When I got home, I found Ari unaware of the world around her, in her own little birthday party for her toy friends....
That was all I needed to stop and listen closely.... because I know that it doesn´t get any better than this. Life is sweet, it is a constant celebration of love, it is the smile on your child´s face celebrating a birthday party for her toys, and then is your turn to blow the candle and suddenly you are also two and nothing else matters... and all you had to do was listen closely! Isn´t it wonderful?
And then there are times when life speaks ouy loud and so very clear just in case that when it whispered you were not listening. This morning... My stepson got his first job offer, and he immediately sent me and his dad a picture via whattsapp. I was sooo happy to hear this, but what made my day was what he told me afterwards...(I took a screen shot of our little conversation, hope he doesn´t mind)
For those of you who don´t speak Spanish, the important part says that he is super thankful for everything that I have done for him, that he listens to me more than I could ever imagine... and that also I should know that he loves me like if I was his mom! ... Then of course I cried tears of happiness!
Raising a child that is not yours is not easy, it has its ups and downs.... the downs can be very low, but when you get rewarded like this... oh my, I think I cannot put into words the goodness of it all! Today I was reassured that this little part of this family´s puzzle, is good, it was hard earned.... because family, is not given just like that, is hard work. Maybe so that every reward we get from it can be heartfelt and celebrated, and so that when life whispers.... we´ll be able to listen to it!
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Ale´s been our little artist since she was about one year old, and thankfully she still amazes us with how good she is at capturing life through her eyes! And for me as a mom is so rewarding when I see her just fly away in one of her paintings, and just see how she is able to stop the world around her and just be happy. And so my tween wholately isn´t very willing to get in front of my camera, proudly let me take a picture of her latest painting... while I just took a picture of her beautiful smile!
I wasn´t planning on giving Ari a haircut, but I just walked past a children´s hair salon and decided to go in! This time she didn´t cry! So I would say that was random.. and cute!
Ale´s English teacher at school is having her birthday today, so yesterday we made this beautiful cake to surprise her at school today! I think they should get an A after this!!! haha
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I usually write what´s in my mind... there are moments that bring up feelings within me that I just need to put into words, they just pour out of me and as they come out I post them, I don´t rewrite my feelings, I like them raw, as I feel them, no over thinking them... but this week I´ve been giving it a lot of thought on what I want to write for mothers day.
Two things come to mind when I think about motherhood... my mom and my girls... and in the middle, me as a mom. When I think about my mom is when I get like an overload of good feelings that I cant seem to untangle. My mom is the best mom in the whole world, she is smart. intelligent, funny, optimistic to a fault, wise, kind, selfless, maybe too generous. strong, courageous, patient. She has taught me everything I am and everything I am not. When I think about my childhood the one feeling that always comes to me is being loved. I never ever wondered if I was loved for I knew I was adored. and I know today that I am still adored. I know that I only have to pick up the phone for my mom to drop anything or everything for me. If I need a word of wisdom there she is, if I need to laugh well there she is, if I need to be listened, oh my there she is.... If I don´t know what to say to Ale or Emi in any given situation I just need to ask her and like magic any issue is resolved. But the most important thing I think my mom taught my sisters and I is the meaning of ¨home¨... of ´our home¨, she taught us every day with every action that love in our family is unconditional and endless.
The door to our home had little bells hanging on it so that when you opened it, it had this magical sound... it was this little twinkly peaceful sound that alerted everyone that somebody had arrived! And before coming in there was always someone at the door to greet you with a smile, whether it was my mom, my dad or one of my sisters.... there was always someone there. Once you got in, this awesome feeling of ¨am home¨ and feeling ¨am loved¨ took over you, and this was valid not only for us but for anyone that came home with us. At home there was no competition, no comparisons, no striving for first places, no pretending needed to fit in, it was or it is a place to be the best, and be loud about it or just be silent. It´s a place where forgiveness is real, and mistakes happen. There we have disagreed maybe more than we have agreed... because we know that no matter what, we are loved, and treated with respect. Chaos did happen sometimes, fights did too.... tears, and some hard years, but there was always my mom, strong as a rock, in the middle, never tired, always there, forever loving... and we worked out every single thing together as a family... no one ever felt alone, never were we alone to feel alone. Our most basic and maybe unspoken rule was Love without questioning...
So now that I have my own little home, with three beautiful souls in it, I can only hope that my girls feel the same way about their home, and if they feel the same way about me as I feel about my mom, well... I would be the luckiest mom ever. That´s why no matter how many times I´ve lost it, or yelled or cried, I´ll always serve another bowl of ice cream to get a smile out of any of my girls, I´ll watch Peppa Pig over Criminal Minds, I´ll drive across Caracas as many times a day as I have too, I´ll dance to whatever song they are playing, I´ll pick up one thousand pairs of shoes a day without getting really mad, I´ll do fourth grade and sixth all over again, I´ll happily never eat a meal without someone on my lap, I´ll put make up in the car after everyone is beautiful and ready.... Because my heart is full, complete, and the days are long but the years are so short.
Remember, our children´s smile is on us! Hope you all had a great mother´s day, embrace your family and children, and smile.... because we have been blessed!
and today.. the absolute without question best grandma in the whole wide world!
Te amo mami! eres la mejor del mundo... espero que no hayas llorado este post!
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Mother´s day.... The truth is I really enjoy it! I love the anticipation on my girls´ eyes every time they talk about the present they are making me at school, how they just come running and hug me and tell me how much am going to love the surprise they are planning! I love the million times they ask Gabriel what it is that he is getting me.... or the many times they remind me that Sunday is just a few days away. They usually make breakfast and set the table, or surprise me with breakfast in bed.... but then of course, it isn´t a fairy tale story and real life happens, I still have to wash the dishes after breakfast, and when we go for lunch at my mom´s, us mothers are the ones hosting our little party, the girls might act out for no reason, we will have to hurry not to be late for church, Ari might start crying, because it isn´t true that the whole day will be pink and perfect.... but it is true that for that day, I will probably be thanked a million times for being the best mom ever, I will be kissed more often, and I will believe that I am the best mom in the whole wide world, because when they say it I can see in their eyes that they really mean it! And for me to feel and see that love in my girls´ eyes makes every sacrifice I make worth it a million times!
So at night when the girls are all sleeping and I fall exhausted on my bed tired of a long day, overwhelmed by how many times I heard my name during the day... I close my eyes and see Emi smile, or remember something funny that Ari did, or Ale´s sudden burst of exaggerated love...and I can only smile and sigh and fall asleep happy!
Yesterday I had Ari´s mother´s day at school. I really thought that I had been through so many by now that maybe this time I would come out dry eyed.... and I would stay composed and be able to wear mascara and stay pretty for the whole hour. Well, I guessed wrong.... There is no such thing as not crying when you have your baby there looking at you with big eyes trying to impress you, singing proudly for you to hear her over the other kids, and saying I love you louder than any other little one in that classroom. And then that hug at the end of the hour.... oh well.... that just tops it all!
Here in Venezuela we don´t have seasons, but we do have rainy season and dry season.... well.... it should have but it hasn´t started to rain, so there is a lot of smug concentrated in the air, and by the end of the day we get this ¨calima¨ or cloud of dust, which is like a mist but of smoke, that even though its bothersome, hot and gives you pretty bad allergies, it makes for the best sunsets ever.... Here is yesterday´s when we were coming home from gymnastics! It made our time in traffic worth the while!
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Hi! my name is Carolina Perisse de Rico, I am a stay at home architect with the biggest project ever... my girls! The oldest is 16, then I have an 14 year old, and my miracle baby who is 6. Glad you are here, hope you stay a while!
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