The ailing teacher Thich Nhat Hanh (get well soon, please) wrote once, "Life can only be found in the present moment."
This morning my youngest sibling felt unwell. It turned out that her BP was at an all-time high of 170/100. I couldn't resist having my own blood pressure monitored since the automatic reader was out already. Mine read 130/80. Pang-dalaga! Throughout all this, curious curly-haired Kai observed with eyes growing wider.
To make her not worry while we fussed over our signs of mortality, sis and I alternated in asking her, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"
Booboo: "Do you wanna be a doctor?"
Mamita Gigi: "A nurse?"
Booboo: "A teacher like Granny Su?"
Mamita Gigi: "But you have to be doing something when you're grown up."
Booboo: "How about street sweeper? You go places."
Finally, Mamita Gigi and I said, almost as one, "So what do you wanna be?"
Kai: "A person!"
Booboo: "What are you gonna do as a person?"
Kai: "I'll play with blocks."
She smiled at us and walked away.
Mamita and Booboo looked at each other wordlessly. But our look must have read, "She got us there. And once again she's right."