Thank You, Girls

NaPoWriMo Day 20

Today, in gratitude for making it to Day 20, our (optional) prompt asks you to write a poem about a handmade or homemade gift that you have received. It could be a friendship bracelet made for you by a grade-school classmate, an itchy sweater from your Aunt Louisa, a plateful of cinnamon toast from your grandmother, a mix-tape from an old girlfriend. And whatever gift you choose, we wish you happy writing!



(the Christmas puzzle my 3rd daughter Allana made when she was 11)


you were eleven when you made this
a Christmas gift from you for me
you were excited and gave it with a kiss
‘Twas the sweetest gesture, we all agree


“Open it, open it”, you were screaming with glee
I tore open the box, I was surprised
inside were pieces of colorful puzzles I see
“let’s put them together”, you were amused


you creatively made a piece of the puzzle
for each of us, mom and dad
your two big sisters and our then little girl
‘Twas by far the best gift I ever had


six years after and you are now eighteen
beautiful, smart, intelligent you have become
but I will never forget that eleven year old then
the sweetest and kindest little girl at home



As the lockdown continues my new normal now is remembering all the simple little things that my daughters did when they where little kids this is mine now. Linking to Kate’s Friday fun -now

(a mother’s day surprise from the girls 10 years ago)

(random gift from them too)

(Allana’s sketch I used in one of my poems)


(Allana’ first attempt on poetry at 9 years old)


(Alyssa’s first poetry attempt at 12 years old)


(My eldest daughter’s high school graduation thank you letter)


(Pat’s first attempt on photography at 14)

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(The first-ever photo of them published in WP through Kate’s interview)



      1. Ang sarap sa ears at sa mata na ganyan po sila….isa po kayong huwarang Ina. ❀️❀️❀️ sana lahat ng ina kagaya niyo po… πŸ‘β˜ΊοΈ


      2. That i would agree…😊😊😊its every mom’s responsibility to raΓ¬se loving and kind children..moms just have to try harder..and if it the end their efforts are not enough at least they know they did everything..but i am a believer of “you get what you deserve”…so your children will only reciprocate the kind of love and kindness and care you gave them..(am i lecturing? Lol)

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      3. Okay Lang po…eye opener na rin po sa akin at sa kanilang mga mambabasa…salamat po sa wisdom words…itatak ko po iyan sa aking puso at isip.


  1. Thank you dear Mich for your excellent share of your beautiful daughters and yes I can say daughters are daughters no one can replace them. The love they give us and every year writing these sweet cards on our birthdays makes our day and feel proud to be a mother. Such lovely cards of Love and being their greatest Mom.


  2. Such beautiful talented daughter Mich!

    You are truly blessed to have each other and such beautiful momentos ❀

    thanks for adding to our collection … I hadn't realised that you were home!


    1. Your welcome Kate…when i saw your prompt i was reminded of these things..i am not home yet but i kept a photo of all their lovely little creative gifts and i have them with me wherever i go..
      They are my reality check so to say..

      I also saw that very first photo of them published by you in your blog..😊😊😊

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      1. I was telling anothet fellow blogger that it is every mother’s responsibility to raise kind, loving and compassionate children..they are all grown ups now but they never changed, not a bit and i am so happy .😊😊😊

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      2. Yes, you are so right! πŸ™‚

        My kiddos are 39 years old, 37 years old, and 35 years old and they have always been compassionate, loving, thoughtful, kind, etc. They all do volunteer work. And by profession/careers they are journalists, teachers, and one works with 18 to 21 year old kids who have no parents and have been “pushed” out of the foster care system because of their age. Her organization helps the kids navigate through life…getting them into college, jobs, their first apartments, helping them learn how to manage money, pay bills, take care of themselves, etc. πŸ™‚
        I’m so proud of my kids! I am so blessed! πŸ™‚


      3. Oh wow…what an accomplishment you have their as a mom Carolyn. Wow..just wow…we seldom see grown ups to take jobs like that…and oh, i am a journalist by profession..i graduated with a degree in journalism..😊😊😊

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      4. My oldest got his Masters Degree in Journalism and is an Editor for a newspaper (their paper-paper and their online newspaper). He writes for other sources, too, and he teaches a class in journalism at a university. πŸ™‚


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