When you become a mother, you’ll instinctively want to give your child nothing but the best things in life to make him or her happy. That’s just how nature designed mothers, I suppose. The moment my daughter Bea was born, I just knew I had to give her everything in my power to ensure that she will have a happy childhood and a good life. Luckily, Bea has always been very easy to please. I’ve never bought an expensive toy for her, she’s never bugged me to buy one. Even as a very small child, she always preferred books over toys and up to now she never really asks for things she knows I cannot afford. But here’s one remarkable thing about Bea: she knows what she wants and is not afraid to dream. As her mom, I’m well aware of her many dreams. One of them — aside from meeting Taylor Swift and becoming a fashion designer — is to visit the city of Paris someday. I don’t understand why, but it started when she was around 3 years old and is slowly turning into an obsession of sorts. Although I’m not really a huge fan of Paris, having been there only for one day, I’ve taken to buying anything with the image of the Eiffel Tower on it for my adorable girl — from t-shirts to a dress, to notebooks, notepads and pencil cases.
Soon after her 7th birthday party, Bea started planning her 8th and firmly decided on the theme: Paris. However, her dad has a thing against birthday parties and has specifically told Bea that she’s not allowed to have another one after her 7th. It’s not that my husband is against birthday celebrations — in fact, he’s even willing to spend more money on a trip abroad or a luxurious hotel stay to celebrate Bea’s birthday, in lieu of a party. He just doesn’t like parties, period. Not one to be discouraged, Bea and I devised a way to still be able to celebrate her special day with her closest friends. Bea called it a “social gathering” while I named it a “play date”.
Last week, on her exact birthday, Bea and 4 of her best friends and their moms met in Greenbelt, Makati for an afternoon of fun and girl talk. They played for about an hour in Timezone – Greenbelt 5 and then proceeded to have snacks at Bizu Patisserie (Greenbelt 2), a tiny slice of Paris in Makati. We had mini-quiche lorraine and croque monsieur, kiddie burgers and fries, 3 different kinds of pasta dishes, macarons and a medium-sized chocolate cake, which we decorated with a cute cake-topper made out of polymer clay. Once again, Bea was so easily pleased. I didn’t have to spend a lot that day for her to show her genuine happiness and appreciation. Everyone seemed to have a blast, even if the celebration was nothing grand. The smiles on the girls’ faces were priceless. The most important thing for me was that they enjoyed themselves.
As of now, Bea is already making plans for her 9th birthday with still a full year ahead. Her dream trip to Paris can most definitely wait. I know that with her determination and positive disposition, she will be able to fulfill her dreams someday. I just hope she doesn’t give up on her dreams and I, as her mother, will always be here to give her all the help she would need. Bea means the world to me, so I’ll just be here — wishing, hoping and praying that her future will be as bright as her smile. There lies the power of a mother’s love.