Hi! I’m hoping you enjoyed your holiday last weekend. Job certainly enjoyed his well-deserved break with his work buddies in Riyadh. They went road-tripping for 2 days, going from Riyadh to Dammam. On the other hand, I didn’t take a holiday (our team’s own prerogative) because we just took 2-3 holidays for the past two weeks. Not that it’s forbidden; it just felt uncomfortable to have to ask for another holiday again.
I’m already done with work so I proceeded to my current favorite place — right in front of our house! It’s a great place to chill (and people-watch) and it’s also a great place to blog because fresh air and all that stuff. Sometimes, our adopted cat chills out with me. It’s a bonus that I can see my son play with our neighbors.
Speaking of neighbors. We’re having a little bit of a problem lately. Yuri plays with the neighborhood kids a lot but two of them, the ones he plays with often, are going through their snobby phase. I’m not sure if it is considered bullying because they often play together; however, there are times when they refuse to play with Yuri. For no reason! I’m aware that there’s no reason because we literally just step out of the car and they’re already crossing their arms, looking mad and we don’t know why…
Sometimes, when they know I’m looking, they play with Yuri. And when they think I’m not watching, they exclude Yuri from their games or refuse to let him into the house. Again, for no apparent reason! And these are 5-year olds! Is this a common thing now? I’m asking because I only encountered snobbishness and bullying when I was already in elementary school lol! I don’t want to put racism into the story, but these kids are both half-European while Yuri is pure Filipino. I sure hope that’s not a factor… I’m just glad Yuri is not holding a grudge against them because, after all, these are 5-year old children.
But I’m not super bothered. My consuelo is that Yuri seems to be well-liked at school and is good friends with all his classmates. As long as he’s kind and friendly, I’m sure he’d never run out of friends!
If there’s one thing I’m thankful, though, it’s how these two kids (the same kids I talked about in the last paragraph!) taught Yuri how to ride a bicycle without training wheels.
Yuri has been biking since he was 2 years old but always with training wheels. He kept bugging me to teach him how to ride it without the balance wheels since he thinks he’s already big enough, but I didn’t… because I don’t know how to ride a bike! Now you understand why this is a big deal to me hehe. I was actually hoping he’d wait for Job to come home and teach him, but he couldn’t wait, which is also fine with me!
I’m amazed because Yuri does things now that I myself don’t know how to do. Aside from riding a bike, he also knows how to snap his fingers. Yes I don’t know how to snap my fingers! I’m lame haha. Next summer, when he learns how to swim, that would be yet another thing Yuri does that his mother can’t. Poor me! 😀
How are you and your kids doing? 🙂