From Our Readers: 5 Things the Only Girl in the Family Can Relate to
- You always get new things!
Whether you're an only child or are living with five brothers (!!!), you always get new things since there's no one else you can borrow from or get your hand-me-downs from—unless you'd like to use your brothers' old shirts, then go ahead.
- You are best friends with mom.
You are always living the Hollywood life, where your mom is your one and only paparazzi. Whether it's your first day in school or your prom, she's always there holding her camera and taking photos (candid or not) of you. You looove shopping with her, too, because you're the only one she can ask for fashion and beauty advice. You guys are very close that you sometimes treat each other like sisters. She practically knows all the things you love!
- You know how to stand up for yourself.
Wrestling may not be your thing, but when you grow up alone or with a family of boys, you just have to learn how to stand up and speak up for yourself. You have no one to rely on except yourself, which is why you've learned early on that you need to learn to express what's on your mind and in your heart.
- You're daddy's favorite girl.
Because, obviously, you're the only girl in the family and that automatically makes you his only princess. Your dad is always ready to confront every boy who likes you, and to listen to Taylor Swift's songs during a long car ride. He's your favorite Jollibee drive-thru buddy and of course, your guy best friend.
- You are the apple of everyone's eye in your family.
Whether it's your tita or your lola, everyone in your family's always telling you how much you've grown into a fine young lady. You have a love-hate relationship with family reunions because a lot of your relatives always ask you about personal and sometimes even offensive questions ("May boyfriend ka na ba?" or "Parang tumaba ka ata?").
But despite everything, at the end of the day, you're always thankful to have a family that treats you not only as a daughter or as a sister, but also as a princess!
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Outdoors Danielle Flestado @artdkf | May 1, 2020 "I miss the outside world. The last time I went outside of our house was on my birthday. We just bought coffee across our village and went back home immediately. This painting made me feel that I'm in a field, just appreciating the beauty of God's creation. Can you imagine the green grass and pink flowers?"
When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.
You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.
You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?
I always thought of life, like a bead where each piece makes it worth sewing together with other piece of beads to make a stronger bond and to create a beautiful result. Today, how do we bond well with different people especially this difficult time? As this day challenges us to a new normal, may we continue to bead along positively with our life.