Rephrased: “Yesterday, Social Bookmarking meant nothing to me; today it means EVERYTHING.“
Archive for April, 2008
A conversation during lunch yesterday steered into kid-talk (we were talking about bills!), which reminded me of a page I StumbledUpon full of Francis Bacon’s essays. Out of all his essays (excluding those which I haven’t read yet) I like this one the best:
Of Parents and Children
The joys of parents are secret; and so are their griefs and fears. They cannot utter the one; nor they will not utter the other. Children sweeten labors; but they make misfortunes more bitter. They increase the cares of life; but they mitigate the remembrance of death. The perpetuity by generation is common to beasts; but memory, merit, and noble works, are proper to men. And surely a man shall see the noblest works and foundations have proceeded from childless men; which have sought to express the images of their minds, where those of their bodies have failed. So the care of posterity is most in them, that have no posterity. They that are the first raisers of their houses, are most indulgent towards their children; beholding them as the continuance, not only of their kind, but of their work; and so both children and creatures.
The difference in affection, of parents towards their several children, is many times unequal; and sometimes unworthy; especially in the mothers; as Solomon saith, A wise son rejoiceth the father, but an ungracious son shames the mother. A man shall see, where there is a house full of children, one or two of the eldest respected, and the youngest made wantons; but in the midst, some that are as it were forgotten, who many times, nevertheless, prove the best. The illiberality of parents, in allowance towards their children, is an harmful error; makes them base; acquaints them with shifts; makes them sort with mean company; and makes them surfeit more when they come to plenty. And therefore the proof is best, when men keep their authority towards the children, but not their purse. Men have a foolish manner (both parents and schoolmasters and servants) in creating and breeding an emulation between brothers, during childhood, which many times sorteth to discord when they are men, and disturbeth families. The Italians make little difference between children, and nephews or near kinsfolks; but so they be of the lump, they care not though they pass not through their own body. And, to say truth, in nature it is much a like matter; insomuch that we see a nephew sometimes resembleth an uncle, or a kinsman, more than his own parent; as the blood happens. Let parents choose betimes, the vocations and courses they mean their children should take; for then they are most flexible; and let them not too much apply themselves to the disposition of their children, as thinking they will take best to that, which they have most mind to. It is true, that if the affection or aptness of the children be extraordinary, then it is good not to cross it; but generally the precept is good, optimum elige, suave et facile illud faciet consuetudo. Younger brothers are commonly fortunate, but seldom or never where the elder are disinherited.
When I get a son, I’ll name him Milo (or Mylo?) and I know for sure he’ll be better than me at everything. When I get a daughter, I’ll name her Hannelore (Hanners!), or Meadow, or Lenore … or Lily. She’ll be daddy’s little girl until she breaks my heart when some other boy asks for marriage. (Blegh.)
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Lose weight in one day!
Once you Pop, the Fun won’t Stop! Join the National 3 Mile Road Race Championship!
P50,000 cash each for the 1st male and female finisher!
REGISTER! Registration period starts March 28.
Outlets: Planet Sports (Trinoma, Virra Mall-Greenhills); New Balance (EDSA Shangri-La Mall, Glorietta, Festival Mall); The Athlete’s Footh (Robinson’s Galleria & Ermita, Glorietta); The Sports Warehouse (Market Market)
Registration Fee: P100
No. of Participants: Open to the first 2,000 participants
Deadline: May 4, 2008. Entries will be capped so register now!
RUN & finish with an empty can of Pringles and get a free Pringles 120g can at the finish line.
Assembly venue: Back of NBC Tent, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City
Assembly time: 5am
Run start: 6am
The Top 10 Male and Top 10 Female finishers will win attractive cash prizes and gift packs!
Rephrased: “Yesterday, social bookmarking meant nothing to me; today it means EVERYTHING.”
We should have game shows like this here, instead of rehashing franchises:
Hula hoops and showers? Mamma mia!
In other news, aside from the weather being absolutely fickle — I have a highschool batchmate in the new season of Pinoy Dream Academy! Her name’s Mary Karen Malinao, and, well, there’s not much more to say, other than, in sophomore year, she was beside my then-crush as I fumbled for words while spilling chocolate milk all over my hand. Super surreal. (And good luck to her!)