this is about family and its ups and downs, living, and everything about life from a working mom's perspective.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

My Sunflowers are Taller than Me!

In my previous post, I mentioned my sunflowers in the garden. This morning when I woke up, I went outside, said hello to the sun and the clouds and my sunflowers.  I went near one to smell it, and alas, the sunflower is taller than me.

I grabbed my phone ( hence the not-so-sharp pictures) as evidence to share with you all.

Am I bothered? Well, not really.  It just made me thought about how short I am (but compensate in weight).

For someone who is a little on the short-side (I'm not being politically correct here since anyway, I'm talking about myself here), being short has its ups and downs.

Let me go to a few of the "downs" first:

a. It's hard to reach objects that are really high or a bit far (from my view);
b. One step of a tall person equals three steps for me; for someone on the average height (Filipino height, I mean) it's two steps for me;
c. I am easily outrun/outwalked by anybody who is taller than me;
d. If someone taller shares on my umbrella, my armpit easily gets tired because it's oh-so-stretched-out; and
e.  I love to play volleyball. In my dreams, I want to (and know that I can) block the spiker's ball, but my arms can't even reach the top of the net.

And now, the "ups" of being short:

a.  It's so easy to spot me in group pictures because I'm usually in the front or o the second row;
b. I can always ask other people to reach things for me (utos to the max!!!);
c. In volleyball, if I get to save a ball, people are amazed because even if my arms and legs are short, I can easily dive for the ball;
d. If I wear heels, I don't look awkwardly tall, just right, if I may say so; and
e. For a commuter, it's very easy to fit into those colorum vans: my legs fit just fine especially in the middle row.

So going back to those sunflowers, they may be taller than me, just like most of the people around, I may sometime have regrets because the of the limitations that my height (or lack thereof) may pose, but it doesn't mean that life is beautiful.  Life is what we make it, whether we are short or not.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Electrolux Click for a Tree

I know... it's not a tree. But I planted this sunflower!

Mother Earth is probably fuming now for bearing the noxious fumes and pollution that we humans have caused.  It is no wonder that several diseases have sprouted, with its origins coming from who-knows-where and may just probably be caused by dirt/garbage/bad smell.

So in our own little way, let's do our part in making our home, our planet, Mother Earth a really nice place to live in.  This includes recycling and reusing and one of the most simplest acts --- planting.

Before my husband and I bought a home, we made sure that no matter how small our house will be, there will be a space for gardening. After several years, we now have an orange tree (though my family says it's a dayap tree, but the man who sold it to me said it's a tiny orange tree),  we have papayas, malunggay, palm, alocaria (is that how it is spelled?) and even bamboo! It's really a great thing to wake up with the sunrise on your doorstep and trees and plants all around you. 

Now, I encourage you to do your part to make this planet a better world or help the Earth transform it back to its old unadulterated beauty. You may do so by participating in Electrolux' The Little White Book Promo - Electrolux Click for a Tree - by clicking here

Together, let's lessen our carbon footprint and protect our environment, our planet.

Check out  The Little White Book on Facebook.