Things My Parents Taught Me

28 Feb

Each of my parents, like all parents, hoped for a better likeness of himself/herself reflected back in their child. I don’t suppose it occured to either of them that they could have tried to stretch the borders for themselves, rather than stretch the child. Still, I’m grateful, I know how to do most of everything.

Things My Father Taught Me Things My Mother Taught Me
How to paint a picture. How to paint a house.
Wipe down the whole kitchen (including the stove) after doing the dishes, otherwise it doesn’t count Take the part you need with you
to the hardware store, so the new part fits exactly.
Buy Brand X, and look at the ingredients. Buy two of something if they’re cheap.
Wink. Smile.
Watch people; they’re entertaining. Watch women.
Weep; it purges the soul. Never cry; you’ll look like a woman.
Never mix dark loads with white ones. Hold the hammer at the very end
of the shaft, not up by the head like a girl.
Read great literature. Make art.
Be nice to people. You can’t trust people.
Let women vent. Let women vent.


My father usually made our lunches, my mother drove us to the bus stop. I would watch his fingers float over the bread, the mayonnaise, the bologna. Delicate, handsome fingers, floating in the air like a storyteller. A few times a guest grown-up would remark on the novelty of a father who fixed lunch for his kids. They never saw my mother’s sandwhiches, which always consisted of hunks of cheese and eggs, no sandwhich, and no napkin.

“Eat like a peasant,” she would say. “It suits your character.”

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48 Responses to “Things My Parents Taught Me”

  1. pinkdiaries February 28, 2010 at 5:31 pm #

    base! hahaha teka parang baliktad?! 🙂

    • Suckingbird March 1, 2010 at 6:02 am #

      anong baliktad?

      • Esmina March 1, 2010 at 4:41 pm #

        KoRek ! LuKarEt ka MagsuLaT!.. Jajaja!… BaLikTaD yuNg mgA tiNuRo TalaGa Ni DaDdy Mo?.. HinDi kAya NakAgLobe diN siyA?… (ArE yOu One Of Us?!… ) mWahHaha!!!

        DiTo MuNa aKo sa BaHay Mo, MedYo naSuNugAn kaMi nG bahAy.. 😀 hiHiHii…

        DoN’t WoRrY dALa koNaMan AngMgA aLipIn ko..

        KuNg KailAngAn mo Lang Ng PaNgGaToNg…

        • Suckingbird March 1, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

          lika, laro tayo… hahaha. sino ba yang mga alipores mo? pakilala mo naman sakin. single ba yan? muwahahahaha

          • Esmina March 1, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

            Nah! HiNdi o FrEe TastE aNg MgAkaWaL k nUh?. (gawinBaNg CorNed TunA s SaVeMoRe MaRkEt?.. LoKaNG tuH?…

            gUsTo Mo GaWin diN kiTaNg PaNgGatOnG sa LuTuAn ni TaNdAng KuLiSap?… hah! AnDuN diN kYa aNg IsA PaNg mAskAra?..

          • Suckingbird March 1, 2010 at 7:49 pm #

            HOY MATULOG KA NA. anong oras na. tong gagang to.des oras na ng gabi, nkikipagharutan pa.. hmmmpf!

  2. eon March 1, 2010 at 1:41 am #

    parang maganda na polar opposites yung learning para you get to wiegh which one to follow.

  3. J.Kulisap March 1, 2010 at 4:39 am #

    Baliktad kaya ikaw ay medyo lumiko?

    Kewl.

    Pwedeng magkaroon ng language translator? Di ko madig eh.

    I mess you little sucking bird.

    • Suckingbird March 1, 2010 at 6:01 am #

      *pano ba ako lumiko?

      hahahahaha. pinatulan tlga ung request ko.

      mess me?

      • J. Kulisap March 1, 2010 at 8:46 am #

        Mas maswerte lamang ang mga batang lumaki na punum-puno ng pagkalinga at pagmamahal mula sa kanilang puno.

        Mamumunga din sila ng masarap at malinamnam na tao.

        • Suckingbird March 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm #

          the best ka tlga jkulisap. isang comment mo pa, mapapaibig mo na ako 🙂 mess you.

          • J. Kulisap March 2, 2010 at 4:43 am #

            Pukenengneng.

            Mahal ko na ang buhok mo, pagkahinhin.

            Anak naman ng putakteng bangag.

          • Suckingbird March 2, 2010 at 8:58 am #

            ano bang nakain mo jkul bat MAHAL na pinagsasabi mo dyan. naku. delikado yan. 🙂 *giggles*

    • Vajarl March 1, 2010 at 10:49 am #

      Lolo, ipinapaalala ko lang sayo atsinabi ko na to dati, HINDI BAGAY SAYO ANG SALITANG ‘KEWL’.

      • Suckingbird March 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm #

        ang linis ng hirit mo jkul..di ko napansin ung KEWL mo. haha

  4. orville March 1, 2010 at 7:38 am #

    ako naituro sa akin ng mother ko maging mautak. hehe.. naituro naman ng father ko wag madamot.. naituro ko naman sa kanila ay leksyon dahil sakit ako sa ulo hehehe.

    • Suckingbird March 1, 2010 at 7:41 am #

      hahahahahaha. parang snsabi mo na kung alam lng nila na mgging gnyan ka, eh di sana di ka nlng gnawa? hahaha kulet mo

  5. ODDBLOOD March 1, 2010 at 1:44 pm #

    A Mother doing a Dad’s stuff–nothing new, but a Dad doing Mom’s stuff is quite surprising 😀 nakakatuwa lang..it makes you admire your Dad for being gentle and creative like woman, and at the same time, tough and responsible like a real man.. ^_^ newey, I liked your metaphor ’bout the “fingers.” lovely.

  6. Random Student March 1, 2010 at 4:07 pm #

    the good thing maybe is that they still managed to give two types of nurturing kahit na seemingly baliktad ang sources.

  7. bonistation March 1, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    haha really?! astig ng family mo! cheers!

  8. hisnameisdencios March 1, 2010 at 6:37 pm #

    cool. enjoy lang ang lahat ng tatutunan ke ano pa yan basta nakatulong sa pag unlad mo

  9. raspberryreich March 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm #

    I’m envious. My parents tend to be so stereotypical most of the time, having their respective “masculine”/”feminine” roles. Barf. The only thing I do like about their habits is, both of them cook (since me dad grew up with older sisters). And are good at it.

    So what advice did you take? Weep or never cry? 😛

    • Suckingbird March 2, 2010 at 8:57 am #

      NEVER WEEP! It costs too much to weep. haha mahirap ng magka-eye bags. but seriously, i don’t.

  10. Lemon Writer March 2, 2010 at 12:01 am #

    i can’t relate. no parents. no parent parents.

    . haha.

  11. richard March 2, 2010 at 1:01 am #

    my parent taught me:

    …to be a kind, God-fearing person

    …to be humble

    …to be cool (it’s okay to be yourself)

    …not to smoke

    both of them, no opposition, ..

    • Suckingbird March 2, 2010 at 8:55 am #

      anong nangyari sa facebook mo?

      • richard March 3, 2010 at 5:44 am #

        hehe. may monster kasi. so i have to inactivate my facebook account. i have to be careful this time.

        btw, pano mo nalaman new fb account ko? hehe. thanks for the add.. request granted. 🙂

        • Suckingbird March 3, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

          haha. syempre may spy ako. alam ko lahat ng pinagagawa mo. :O

  12. runmdrun March 2, 2010 at 1:07 am #

    Superfolks talaga mga magulang naten!

    Mama taught me to never slouch, stand tall.
    Papa told me, “Ang tangkad mo na ah”

    Fail!

    Pero love ko sila pareho!
    you gots cool parents! Make sure you tell them you love them everyday!

  13. slaveboi March 2, 2010 at 2:40 am #

    I officially love your mom. She sounds so bad ass. 😉

    • Esmina March 2, 2010 at 8:32 am #

      Sa MaDaLiNg SaLiTa: tuNoG uT*t dAw aNg NaNay Mo OpS!!! WahHaHahah!!!

      • slaveboi March 2, 2010 at 8:44 am #

        Seriously?

        • Suckingbird March 2, 2010 at 8:54 am #

          Whatever Esmina!! FART OFF!

          • slaveboi March 2, 2010 at 8:55 am #

            LOL. 🙂

            Hi Suckingbird.

            Can I call you something else? 😉

          • Suckingbird March 2, 2010 at 8:59 am #

            What? Is today the end of the world? 🙂

            Bring it on, baby!

          • Lemon Writer March 2, 2010 at 9:21 am #

            esmina haha

  14. Jim March 2, 2010 at 3:02 am #

    at least both of them thought you substantial list of something… 🙂

    • Suckingbird March 2, 2010 at 9:01 am #

      They taught me lots of things. Of course, parents should. I don’t know.. I’m just trying to know the roots of my attitude. 🙂

  15. ODDBLOOD March 2, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    ano bang balak mong bagong choice dito sa blog mo? 😀

    • ODDBLOOD March 2, 2010 at 9:44 am #

      delete this..and this..typo lang.. 😀

  16. ODDBLOOD March 2, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    ano bang balak mong bagong theme dito sa blog mo? 😀

    • Suckingbird March 2, 2010 at 9:47 am #

      hala. *blushing*

      ito lang ang gusto kong theme. logo lang sana na pwd ilagay sa sidebar. hihi

  17. ahmer March 2, 2010 at 11:56 am #

    i admire ur dad for doing that stuffs… Palage kase syang wla sa bhay… We rarely talk.., seriously’ teka bka maiiyak ako ha ha napadaan lng po

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