A Smile & A Celebration

15 Apr

Thank you to all who sent in their well wishes to Alphonse, be it via text, email, facebook, or this blog. We really appreciate your kindness and concern. Alphonse is well again! And just to show you that my big boy is fully recovered, here is a picture of him smiling. Mind you, a smile is a rare commodity when he is sick so when he does flash us one, it means he’s back to his old self. 

Alphonse is gorgeous, if I may say so myself (that’s his mom talking).

Don't you just love his smile?


While he was sick however, he alternated between sullen sulking with soft sobs and horrible tantrums with bloodcurdling horror-movie screams. If you can imagine the scene where little Jack-Jack (of The Incredibles) finally reveals his superhero powers, well, you can imagine us in the role of the unfortunate Syndrome trying to hold a shapeshifting child (Jack-Jack transforms into fire, metal or imp on demand) on tantrum mode, with superhuman strength to match. This smile, caught on camera, is a welcome relief  to those Jack-Jack days.  


Sunday last week, two days after the onset of his illness, Alphonse still had a slight fever and was still vomiting. He could not take in much solid food and needed more sleep and rest. Our niece’s 15th birthday party was set for that night but Alphonse was still in no condition to leave the house. We had to “eat and run” and hope that Alphonse would not miss us too much in our absence.

Arielle, my niece,  is my brother John’s daughter. At 15, she has grown to be a young woman with both smarts and beauty. (She got her mother’s slim genes, thank God, and none of my family’s fatties. ) More than physical attributes, however, I am grateful that Arielle is as sweet today as she was as a young child. She is not a brat, and though spoiled with affection and material benefits as an only child inevitably is, she is kind and compassionate.

We all love Arielle. Alex treats her like a baby- carrying her around and hugging her all the time. She laughingly protests against this but lets him all the same. I can think of the many ways Arielle has brought happiness to our lives. But perhaps, I love her best when she shows kindness to Alphonse (even when her cousin terrorizes her at times).

I remember that when she and Alphonse were toddlers, she yielded all her toys to him, even when he didn’t ask. She shyly handed him her toys, a kindness Alphonse acknowledged with soft grunts of approval. One Christmas, she gave up a favorite doll because Alphonse would not let go of it. Alphonse loved the doll to death (minus a leg and  an arm and clumps of hair).

When he loped around like a young buck and bumped into her, she never said an unkind word. She never even cried. As early as three years of age, Arielle knew compassion and accepted Alphonse’s differences with love.

But yes, Arielle is a teenager with normal teenage desires and angst. I think she got some of my genes too as she and I share common passions for Hello Kitty, dolls, and yes, Facebook. (I am trying to influence her with Sylvanian Families but her dad won’t let me, heehee.) They say Facebook is a cultural phenomenon, a sign of these times, and nowhere is this phenomenon best seen  than in families that spend time in Facebook together- like Arielle’s family! She is so into it that her parents had this beautiful cake  made especially for her.

And what is a Facebook addict suppose to do, even on her birthday?  Why,  go online on Facebook, of course!

Cousins Alex and Arielle- online in the midst of party!

Happy birthday, sweet Arielle!


13 Responses to “A Smile & A Celebration”

  1. NinJas! April 15, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

    Glad to see smiling again 😀 And Arielle is indeed growing up to be such a beautiful, smart and gracious young lady. Love you, Yeye!

    • NinJas! April 15, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

      Glad to see Alphonse smiling again, that is

  2. Manggy April 15, 2010 at 5:33 pm #

    Mother’s opinion or no, Alphonse is indeed beautiful 🙂 Just reading your wonderful tribute to Arielle has given me a great sense of what a rare jewel of a teenager she is. Happy birthday to her!

    • Kittymama April 20, 2010 at 10:18 am #

      Thank you, Mark (good thing Alphonse takes after his dad, heehee)! Alphonse and Arielle both send you their thanks too:-)

  3. P-Angel April 15, 2010 at 6:03 pm #

    Glad to hear everything is okay 🙂

    • Kittymama April 20, 2010 at 10:19 am #

      Thanks, P-angel. I’m crossing my fingers they stay that way. 🙂

  4. cynch April 16, 2010 at 5:01 am #

    supah happy alphonse is well again ^_^. arielle is a pretty cool teen 😀

    • Kittymama April 20, 2010 at 10:20 am #

      Yes, she is, Cynch. Cool but sweet. (Alphonse sends you his kisses! Mwah!)

  5. Ate April 16, 2010 at 9:02 pm #

    Pinky..thank you so much for that blog. I’m teary-eyed now. You have actually described Arielle vividly. I’m so touched knowing that you have even remembered those simple acts she did that even I didn’t notice. It’s so nice to see that Alphonse has fully recovered. Love ya!!! 🙂

    • Kittymama April 20, 2010 at 10:22 am #

      Wow, Ate, it’s your first time to visit my blog; thank you. 🙂 You and Kuya have brought Arielle up well and she makes us all proud. Love you guys too!

  6. Daddy Forever April 20, 2010 at 8:11 am #

    Glad your son is better. If he was like Jack-Jack, he must have been really sick.

    Love that cake. Very impressive. Happy birthday to your niece!

    • Kittymama April 20, 2010 at 10:23 am #

      Thanks, DaddyF. I still see bits of the Jack-Jack personality but I hope that he calms down soon. Thanks for the birthday wishes too!


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