My eldest son recently attended a sneak out in Caliraya Laguna. Was I hesitant at first? Yes, I was. This sneak out conducted by his school would entail him being away for 2 full days and sleeping overnight.

A sneak out is a spiritual recollection usually held during a senior’s year in school. I asked Bastian if he wanted to go and he did. Since he had skipped on his field trip we decided to let him attend.

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Since Bastian has a cellphone, I was expecting to have communication but he sent me a text letting me know that he wouldn’t be able to text or call because they would be having a series of talks and their gadgets would be with the teachers from that period on.

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I think the best thing that came out of that situation for me personally was when Bastian shared about what had happened and told me that he realized how well adjusted he was in his life. Apparently, there was a part in the day when they all started sharing about their parents. He was confused when his classmates started crying and he was okay. He saw then how his classmates were struggling at home connecting with their parents and he saw in his own life how we had a pretty good relationship.

I was really touched about this above all else. I’m glad that in the 15 years that we’ve been bringing him up that he knows that we’re here for him no matter how hard or how angry we sometimes get.

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On the second day they enjoyed the features that Caliraya Resort Club had to offer. This Earth Ball game is part of the teambuilding activites that they had.

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He enjoyed plenty on this Slip N’Slide (Mud Slide) and came home with a once white t shirt and muddied shorts. He had plenty of fun and that’s what matters.

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A little introspection and time away has done Bastian good. It also helped me further teach Bastian about independence and importance of family.

Thank you to Bastian’s teacher for the photos!

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