Last week Alo and I got to go to the park while waiting for Manong Laz at his tutor. I don’t usually have afternoons off (which is why we have the tutor for homework support for Laz), so I really appreciated the time outdoors with Alo. We’ve been bonding most mornings (when I don’t have hearings) when Laz is in school and I’m really grateful for that. Laz is usually very possessive (maybe because he was the only child for 5 years), and every time I try to engage Alo, Laz jumps up and worms his way in. I’ve been trying to manage this better, and spending time with Alo in the mornings, just the 2 of us, really helped to bring us closer together.
Alo calls dinosaurs “Aray” because when he was a baby, and we’d read dinosaur books to him, we’d pretend to be bitten by the t-rex and say “aray, aray!”* Now the name has stuck. Alo was also really obsessed with a stray kitten he found hidden in the bushes. I wouldn’t let him come near it, but he kept going back every few minutes to check if the kitten was still there.
*”Aray” means “ouch”, in case you aren’t Pinoy, hehe.