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"Mommy?" nagising ako sa pagtawag sa akin.

Pagmulat ko ng mata ko ay nasilayan ko si Van na ginigising ako.

"Yes, baby?" pupungas pungas ko pang sagot sabay ramdam ang pagkahilo.

"I don't want to wake you up but I think you need to clean yourself po muna."

And then I realized na nakatulog nga pala akong suot suot pa rin ang damit ko kanina.

"Where's your sister?" I asked habang hawak hawak ang ulo ko dahil hanggang ngayon ay nahihilo pa rin ako. Siguro, it's the stress.

"She's in her room po, mommy. I'll call her po so we could all go down. We know na hindi pa po kayo kumakain kaya nag-uwi po kami ng food from lola's house po. Don't worry, kumain na po kami." he helped me to get out of bed. Ang sweet talaga ng Van ko.

"Thank you." I said. He got out of our room as I cleaned myself.

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Bumababa na ako sa hagdan nang naririnig kong nag-uusap ang kambal sa kusina.

"Juice is delicious, kuya."

"But milk is much healthier."

Pagpasok ko ay nagtatalo sila sa kung anong inumin.

"What is it?" I asked.

"You want juice, mommy?"

"Mommy, milk is healthier than juice."

Sabay na abot nila sa akin ang mga inumin. Oh, it's for me.

"Can mommy have water instead?" I asked para hindi na sila magtalo.

"Okay po, mommy." at nagtulungan sila sa pagkuha ng tubig para sa akin. Habang naliligo pala ako ay inayos na nila ang pagkain ko. Anong ginawa ko kayang mabuti para biyayaan ako ng ganitong mga anak.

"Here you go, mommy. Eat ka po marami ha?" Leigh handed me the glass of water.

"Thank you, mga anak. Do you want to eat also?"

"Kumain na po kami, mom. Sasamahan ka na lang po namin dito sa table habang nagi-eat ka po." Van said habang inaalalayan nya si Leigh sa pag-upo at siya naman ang sunod na umupo.

They talk while I eat that keeps me entertained. Kunwento nila ang naging araw nila ngayon. Kung paanong naging masaya sila sa naging activity nila sa school hanggang sa paglalaro nila kasama ang tito at tita nila.

"I didn't know that your Tita Grace could play those video games." I commented when they talked about their tito and tita's battle with their xbox at home.

"I know right, mommy. Tita is so cool! She even beat tito in the game." bungisngis ni Leigh.

"Tito just let her win because he loves his twin." pagdedepensa ni Van. Mukhang may kampihang nagaganap rito ah. Itong sina Anton at Grace talaga, idinadamay pa ang mga bata.

"So that means, you're just letting me win every time, kuya?" nakasimangot na pagtanto ni Leigh.

"Of course, not. I'm just pertaining to them not us." he said defensively so that his sister won't be down.

"Oh." then, she grinned, "I'm the best talaga, no kuya?" she said proudly. Nagkatinginan kami ni Van at sabayna natawa. I will be forever grateful how he loves his sister.

"By the way, has your daddy called you?" I was worried because he hasn't called me today. I know that he's busy pero hindi pa rin maalis sa akin ang pag-aalala dahil hindi man lang nya ako ma-text kung okay lang ba sya.

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