Before I became a mom, I was first a Tita (aunt) to my nieces. I admit I miss being with them everyday. We only see each other once in a while because, well, everyday life (school & work) gets in the way. Thankfully, this isn’t the case for my lil’ Ms. and lil’ Mr. GJG. So glad that they have a cool Tita Kim to hang around with & be there for them.
Here’s lil’ Ms. GJG about eight months old with her favorite Tita.
Lil’ Ms. GJG takes after her Tita Kim. They look alike & have oftentimes been dubbed as mom-daughter whenever we’re out. She’s the person lil’ Ms. GJG calls for whenever she feels like her mom & dad are ganging up on her (read: not giving in to her requests).Tita Kim is just one of the few extended family my lil’ GJGs are lucky to have . I guess everybody loves being a Tita of Manila, (pwede din Tito) being the person your niece or nephew loves because you’re cool. But what does it take to be a cool Tita? According to www.cosmo.ph, there are 14 best things about being one.
1. You can buy completely impractical items.
Those $1 (in our case, it’s those P66 Japan Home Depot trinkets) toys, bookstore finds, and other cute, somehow useless but still cute things. Tita Kim gets these for my lil’ GJGs just because she wants to and can totally get away with buying them.
2. Random acts of love.
Five working and school days without seeing their beloved Tita Kim and they’ll go kissing and hugging her come Saturday. Thank God for FaceTime, my lil’ GJGs would call her any chance they can get. Did I mention lil’ Ms. GJG always includes her Tita every time we discuss planning a trip? Awwww.
3. You get to make your sister’s day all the time.
I am forever grateful to Kim for the times she would date my kids. Those few hours mean I can finish a chore, errand or just have a quiet me-time alone. Lucky for me, Mr. GJG & I even had a staycation all to ourselves because she extended her generosity to watch over our kids.
4. You get to spoil them.
I admit we do spoil our children from time to time BUT when it comes to things they want just because, it is beyond our power to grant them especially if there’s no reason they should get a new toy or clothes. We would always direct it to their loving extended family. As I always say, we leave the spoiling to the grandparents. In our case it’s the Ahma (lola) and Tita who do the spoiling. Lil’ Ms. GJG already knows this and she doesn’t really ask us if she wants something, instead she’ll ask her Tita or Ahma.
5. You get to buy annoying toys without dealing with consequences.
I remember Kim getting this particular paint set for lil’ Ms. GJG. It was all crafty & cute until I had to clean up after. It surely unleashed my child’s creativity but I had to pay the price of scrubbing every spot that had paint. Well played Tita Kim, well played.
6. The crying doesn’t really bother you.
I guess it has something to do with pacifying the crying. My sister is good with that. Although I gotta say that she’s lucky she has cute and not so hard to take care niece & nephew. My kids don’t often go on a screamfest, unless they want a particular toy all for themselves. Tita Kim’s solution? Buy two toys, one for each so there’s no crying to endure. See #1 & #5.
7. You get to do kid stuff again and not look like a creep.
Yep. Only a cool Tita can pull this one off. See the succeeding photos on this post to know what I mean. 😉
8. The pressure to have kids comes off you a little.
While this is somehow true, I secretly wish Tita Kim has a family of her own so it’s my turn to be the cool Tita to her child. Heehee.
9. At least one person thinks you are the coolest.
Nope. No just one, make that two.
10. You can push your own agenda on them, no matter what their parents’ are.
This is so true! My lil’ Ms. GJG hasn’t had a faint interest in ballet up until Tita Kim told her that it’s cool. Now she’s enrolled in ballet. Again, well played Tita Kim, well played.
11. You get to see your family more.
We see our parents (in law) and sister almost everyday. We’re so used to having each other around (aaah the benefit of living near each other) that it’s so natural for us to entertain one other even if we had just got out of bed.
12. You don’t have to worry about the rules.
When my children are with their Tita Kim, they can have whatever they want, as long as Tita Kim approves it.
13. You get all the rewarding moments and none of the frustrating ones when teaching them something.
You’ve managed to teach lil’ Ms. GJG & lil’ Mr. GJG to say Tita Kim quicker than for me to teach them how to say Tita.
14. You get to give them back.
We know this oftentimes breaks your heart (also theirs) whenever a day spent with my lil’ GJGs has come to an end. On the bright side, my kids always look forward to the weekend for they know they’ll get to see you again.
My kids are super lucky to have a cool Tita like you Tita Kim! Thank you for loving the lil’ GJGs as much as we love them. Like I said, if anything happens to me & Mr. GJG we’re naming you as their guardian/mommy! Hahaha. So be prepared please! Oh and happy, happy birthday! We hope you may find the love of your life (ahem ahem) so I can have a niece or nephew to spoil! We love you!