I’ve taken note of these conversations in the past months because they made me think. Campus missionary Francis Villanueva’s great preaching at youth service yesterday about LUSOT, LAKAD & LAGAY, pushed me to finally finish and post it.
Me: Nae, don’t stand on that chair. Your sister will copy you. (a constant line in our household)
Danae: Oooh o-kay. I don’t want to be an “ATE” na.
Danae: ‘Coz Noelle always copies me eh.
It really struck me when I had this conversation with Danae months ago. Don’t we feel pressured at times to be on our best behavior because people are watching? But that is the reality. People are watching and emulating us. So we can either choose to not care and do whatever we want, or be responsible and set a good example.
At a party last August, Danae tore up the package of a yoyo and just threw it on the floor.
Me: Hey Nae, are you supposed to do that?
Nae: It’s okay mom, everybody did it.
Me: Pick it up. Even if everybody is doing it, if you know it’s wrong, don’t do it. Even if everybody does it, it doesn’t mean it’s right.
Kids at Danae’s age can reason out like this already. Even though we started her early, teaching her to throw trash only in the trash can at age 1, she still came up with this reasoning. It definitely reminds me of what Ms Jenn Punzalan said at the EN10 pre-con, that if it is that important, it is worth repeating. Doing our part in keeping the earth clean is very important to me, and therefore it is worth repeating, teaching it to our children over and over again. And it definitely reminds me of our nature as humans. We can easily be influenced by our environment, our culture. Let’s stand for what we know is right and back it up with action.
When we arrived from marriage boosters one night last August, Danae told me she watched something.
Danae: Mom, I watched Chicken Little.
Me: Oh yeah? Where?
Danae: On Disney channel. I changed it. (smiling mischievously)
Me: Ok, you’re gonna get the rod for that.
Danae: But mom, you were not here.
Me: You know the rules. You’re not supposed to change the channels by yourself. You need to obey even when Daddy and Mommy are not home.
Do we obey traffic laws only when there are cops or MMDA present? Are we honest with our business affairs or school tests even when no one is watching? Do we choose to do what is wrong even when we know what is right? Do we keep doing what is wrong, waiting for someone to point it out to us before we stop?
In Cagayan de Oro last month, in Coron last July, in Boracay last February….
King: Bible time!
Danae: No, only at home!
Me: We read the Bible not only at home, but wherever we go.
I think she finally got it since she didn’t say this the other night in Tagaytay. We must form the habit of reading our Bible daily. There are no vacations in connecting and communing with God.