Tuesday, November 09, 2004


Miguel has been reading voraciously for the past few months. I remember how amazed I was when he first tookthe cut-out alphabet letters and said, "Let's spell pot." (M-A-R-I....nooooo!) He then pronounced each letter sound and spelled pot, cat, bat and a whole lot of other words.

Turns out that Ninang has been drilling him with letter sounds every morning as she brings him to school. So naturally she wasn't as surprised as I was when I told her that he was spelling on his own initiative. I excitedly got out the phonics books so that he can practice, but he quickly tired of them. It turns out that his tastes are more, uh, mature. (I once told a friend that Miguel liked adult books, and my friend raised an eyebrow. Apparently he thought that "adult" involved an "X".)

Miguel's favorite books now are those hardbound coffee table books from Reader's Digest (yes, my mom bought loads of them!) with titles like "How Did It Really Happen" and "Great Mysteries of the Past." I'd come out of the shower and he'd have a book in front of him, reading words no matter how long or complicated. Now he's an expert on the Titanic, Atalntis, Stonehenge, The Big Bang, Space Exploration, Mary Queen of Scots, the Taj Mahal, and not to mention Pompeii (see previous entry). Okay fine, he'll probably turn out to be a nerd just like me but at least he's got a sense of humor (again, see previous entry).

My bedside is starting to look like a library, with books piled so high that they obstruct the lamplight. Every night he insists that I read all the books until morning, or "until you run out of laway." Sweet little bugger isn't he, but how can I say no?


Anonymous said...

Hi Sandy, Just wondering if you got my e-mail or if you have a new e-mail address. In just 3 weeks we are going to be in Manila! What are your pre-holiday plans? Maybe we can organize a playdate for the kids, and a night-out with everyone else. We will arrive on the 12th of December, and leave on the 5th of January. Immediately after Christmas we are planning an out-of-town trip. Looking forward to hearing from you soon!
Love, Risa

poNg said...

wow. i've read through your entries and somehow i see the little joys of becoming a parent. fyi: i dont want a child when i grow up, but after reading your blog.. i dont know if i still have the same opinion.