April 16, 2007

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Looking at the puzzle pieces

My life is giving me bits and pieces of something that’s worth
thinking about.

Piece: Introducing J earlier to the joys of Shel Silverstein was a
wonderful demonstration of the infectious power of enthusiasm and the
value of right timing.

Piece: The book I’m reading about internal marketing (Light Their
Fire) talks about how enthusiasm – passion – is part of building the
best internal brands. The book I read before that (Better Than
Perfect) was about how certain people can excel and lift up everyone
around them.

Piece: To help me understand myself and plan my own career, Stephen
Perelgut asked me earlier what I would do if I didn’t have to think
about money.

Stephen said that I’d make a good developer. That would be
straightforward. But there’s this side of me that refuses to be
ignored…

Falling in love with poetry: Viva Shel Silverstein!

J was reading a book on smoking because she had vowed never to smoke
and she wanted to learn more about it. The big words tired her,
though, so she put the book aside. It seemed like a good time to bring
out the books I bought last week, just in case she’d find one of them
entertaining. Mr. Popper’s Penguins drew a smile, Lemony Snicket was a
clear no-go (she didn’t like the books), and Shel Silverstein…

Well, I was *planning* to show her the book, but as is usually the
case with Shel Silverstein and similar poets, I got sucked into it
myself. I flipped open to a random page and started reading a poem out
loud. And naturally I *had* to read the next one, and the next one,
and then I looked up and J was peering over my shoulder, and then she
was saying the words along with me, and then I had to sit half off my
chair in order to let her sit with me and read, and then she insisted
on reading all the short poems, and then W got into the act as well,
and then J’s foot fell asleep and she hopped to the couch in the
living room, and then we all curled up on the couch and read these
hilariously silly poems (polar bear in the Frigidaire!) until W
declared that it was time for J to go to bed. J nodded, but kept
silently reading the book (which by now had ended up on her lap). I
couldn’t help but grin.

I love it when enthusiasm is infectious.

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Being Filipino

One of the things J- did this weekend was visit a Filipino family (A-‘s). J said she had four bowls of “si.. sini…”

“Sinigang!” I said. Ah, sinigang. How could I not remember all the
good times I shared with my barkada over a pot of sinigang,
whether it had meat or just vegetables? (Heh.)

And to think that J loves sinigang too.

Moments like these make me wish I could poke all the people who feel
insecure about our culture… =)

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