It was a great day for a walk today, so I cradled baby in my Tricot Slen and off we went to join Dad and Bugey at the nearby park.
You might wonder how it was even possible for us to do this on a Tuesday, at a time of the day where every other parent was probably still at work, or kids were just on their way home from school.
I'd say everything just fell together -- my status as a paid doctoral student with loose working hours, being in a city in Belgium where parks abound and you can just walk to them from your place, living in an apartment that's just five minutes away from your son's school, and finally, the Belgian summer sun deciding to come out.
This is why Lakay would always assure me that he never considered it a loss on his part to come to Belgium and put his career on hold. When we go home to the Philippines, we know that we will have to pay for all those years by starting all over again.
But I know that all we need to do to make it through would be to go back to days like this and try to remember the smiles we put on our children's faces.
And then we will be reminded again that the four years we spent here was like winning a million Euros in the lotto. Not everyone can be as lucky as we are. And for that, I am humbled and will forever be grateful.