"They got second place in the sack race. I asked Maybelle to accompany him. They're getting ready for the mass dance now."
That was my mother's SMS on February 17th. I had forgotten that CJ was in Marbel for the Kiddie Fest, a children's activity organized by the Department of Education, participated in by both public and private school children.
Reality poked me again: I am doing long-distance parenting right now and have to live with bits and pieces of this arrangement until we snag a better option. Fortunately I can be grateful and happy for the presence of loved ones in my son's life while I am not physically around.