Conversation #18: Dinner talk

Our dinner conversation [January 31, 2007] went like this --

ME to Patricia: How do you like to spend summer with Patrick in the Philippines?

PATRICIA: Hmmmmm... [very unsure, thinking really hard]

ME: That means you will be with Lola but you won't see mommy and daddy for 2 months. And you will celebrate your birthday in Manila too.

PATRICIA: [at the sound of celebrating her birthday she nodded yes]

ME: Do you want that? Or would you rather stay here with mommy?

PATRICIA: [she suddenly changed her answer] I want to stay with Mommy.

PATRICK: I don't want to go to the Philippines... there's lots of insects there. [Seems like he can't forget his insects bites back in 2002]

PATRICIA to Patrick: [Laughing] Huh? You're afraid of the insects?

ME: You shouldn't be scared of the insects. You should be scared of the rats, they are as big as a kitten. And cockroaches, they fly. And lots of ants that bite.

PATRICK: No, no, no. I don't want to go there.

ME: But don't worry, you will be using a mosquito net when you sleep, so the insects won't bite you.

PATRICK: Oh, I see. Then I will just hide under the mosquito net all the time... No, I don't want to go to the Philippines... I like to go to Tita Miann's house...

ME: You will be with Lola and Lola will buy you things you want. Plus you get to spend time at Lola's loghouse in Tagaytay and probably go to the beach... the beach there is really warm, you can swim all day and not get cold... unlike the beach here, the water is really cold even at summer.

PATRICK: [he insisted] I'd like to spend summer in NYC.

ME: You have to see if Tita Miann will invite you.

PATRICK: Tita Miann loves me, she will.

ME: How about you Trish, do you want to go to NYC for the summer? You won't see mommy and daddy.

PATRICIA: [suddenly teary eyed... then slowly shake her head to say "no"]

ME to Patrick: So you're not afraid to fly alone?

PATRICK: Huh?

ME: You can ride the plane by yourself. You're 10 now. Do you think you can handle yourself?

PATRICK: As long as my flight is at 9am.

ME: Huh?

PATRICK: I want to reach NYC before it gets dark.

PATRICK to Patricia: Trish you can come with me.

PATRICIA: [suddenly become teary-eyed again] No. You don't know how to take care of me.

I honestly don't know what's with her teary-eyes... I guess its because she wants to be with me all the time? Or she felt that I'm giving her away? ",)


UPDATE: February 2, 2007...
I told Patrick that his Tita Miann has agreed to have him spend the whole month of July with them. When I told him that, he was happy. So I told him he needs to prepare himself to fly alone. And that it will be too expensive to have either me or his dad to drop him off at NYC and pick him up later.

Patrick suddenly changed his mind, he doesn't want to fly alone, he'd rather stay here with us. He decided to wait till our next family trip to NYC.

15 comments:

MrsPartyGirl said...

hahaha! ikaw ha, you're trying to manipulate the conversation para they'll make the decision to not leave you :D ipis and rats ha, haha! pero nakaka-touch naman si trish, looks like she doesn't want to be separated from you :)

give them time, baka when summer comes around they'll be so bored they'll agree to go anywhere na, even without you :)

JO said...

Hi Meeya,
hahahaha... actually ok lang talaga sa akin if he could take that vacation. para matutong mag tagalog. the problem is who will take him. as for my daughter, ok lang din kung willing siyang sumama. pero masyadong attached yan sa akin, so I don't know if she can do it.

evi said...

i think patrick is not ready yet to take this step. i took my first domestic flight alone when i was 15 and i still got scared not having someone with me. time will come when he'll be confident enough to fly alone.

JO said...

Hi Evi,
Yes, I don't think he is ready. Actually I don't think I am ready to let him fly alone too. I just like to hear his answer.

Raquel said...

Ang sweet naman ng conversation nyo. Si Patricia din very sweet sayo.

About Patrick naman, for me it's a good experiece to fly by himself.
Maybe he will change his mind again.

vernaloo said...

hahahaha you did sound like a manipulator hehe in a sweet way of course :)

Well time flies...someday soon they can travel all by themselves :)

ann said...

Ayaw mo naman yata talagang paalisin eh..hahaha!

Isang ayaw din ng mga kids ko sa pinas yang mga insects na yan.Meron kayang nakabakasyon na nagkukulong lang sila sa loob ng airconditioned room.

Heart of Rachel said...

Thanks for sharing that interesting dinner conversation with your kids.

I find it touching how Patricia was teary eyed with the idea of being away from you.

I guess Patrick needs more time to be able to go on vacation on his own.

I hope that something nice and agreeable to everyone comes up. Take care!

Analyse said...

are you really ready to leave your kids take that flight alone???? hmmm??? i guess you will be teary eyed like trish too hehe..

happy weekend jo!

Christine said...

sweet naman ng kids mo. :-)

JO said...

Hi Raquel,
Yup, maybe he will change his mind. This meant he doesn't really want to spend summer away from us.

Hi Verns,
I really can't understand why he can't forget the insects... ako mas takot ako sa daga at ipis.

Hi Ann,
Wawa naman kasi ang mga anak natin pag may mga kagat ng lamok.

JO said...

Hi Rach,
I guess I have to find a friend who is going to NYC and is willing to accompany my son on the flight.

Hi Analyse,
Nope. I am not ready. I just want to engage my kids in conversation like this. So I know how they think or where they stand.

Hi Christine,
Thanks! ",)

ghee said...

Oh I think she felt both Jo...

sweet and lovely kids..really angels of our lives :)

Junnie said...

i can imagine all 3 of you during this conversation as i've seen this type of exchange several times. it shows how intelligent Patrick is and how sentimental Patricia is. Can you include staying with us in Mississauga in the trip to the East ? :P ko na magdadala kay Miann :)

JO said...

Hi Ghee,
Thanks!

Hi Junnie,
Talaga? Ikaw magdadala sa NY? How and when?