The saying is true, having a baby changes everything. And I mean literally everything.
From my physical features to my emotional state, all that changed when I gave birth to a premature child. My son, Nathan was born two months earlier my due date. Sadly, he had blood infection and health complications so he had to stay in the incubator for two months. Those two months were the two longest, difficult months of my life. I knew he was in agony because of all the blood transfusions and antibiotics given to him. Every time I visit him in the hospital, I know he will surpass all the trials. I was hardly ever worried. My faith in God just got stronger. I knew in my heart he will live and surpass the illness. The hardest part my husband and I had to undergo through was the fact that we were financially burdened. All our savings were gone. My husband even went to a charitable institution to pay for our hospital bills. After two months of medications, prayers, and help from generous people; we finally held our little gift of God in our humble abode on December 8, 2005.
My husband and I have mutually decided that I stay home and take care of Nathan. I quit my job and offered all my time for my son. From then on I became a plain housewife. Years passed and now he is six years old. Being a mother is a very priceless vocation. It is the toughest yet the most rewarding. I have no salary and no vacation leaves. Cooking, cleaning, taking care of the house and family became my top priority. Gone are the days of partying and late night hang outs. Yes, I miss those days but when I look at my son’s smiling eyes and sincere words of love; nothing beats that. It is true that a mother will sacrifice everything for his child. I began to be thrifty with myself and chose to buy the basic needs of my child first. I bid goodbye to luxury. I envied those women who frequently go to parlors and fix their hair, and have a relaxing massage. I thought that instead of pampering myself, I would just save the money for my son’s food. I spared myself of most extravagant possessions. I admit that there are days when my life has a monotonous routine and boredom settles in. I wished that there was something that can amuse me to bring back the sparkle in my life.
That’s why when I knew of Pizza Hut’s Flavor Your Life Promo, I had this wishful thinking of winning the iPhone4. All my life I never really had a remarkable/pricey phone. This is a chance for me to treat and lavish myself just this once, with a wonderful iPhone4. When I learned of iPhone’s amazing features, all the more I dreamed of having one.
It was a rainy Saturday night when my husband surprisingly gave me a treat and ordered a Tuscani Premium All Meat pizza. He said we will eat the pizza together while watching a movie. I was thrilled because aside from having quality time with my husband and son, I get to taste the new Tuscani flavor, and a chance to win my dream iphone4! Is this coincidence or luck?! A triple treat for me!
When I opened the box, I laughed because my son was the first one to smell the pizza and took the first slice. I was awed by the overwhelming toppings of pepperoni, bacon, ham, beef, and salami on top of a thin, chewy crust with melted parmesan cheese. It was very tempting to look at and even more irresistible to sink your teeth into! I had my first bite and I can’t stop! The taste was appetizing that I keep getting more. My son loved it too that he showed his bulging tummy and said SARAP!!That was one of those precious moments I liked. Before the pizza is gone, I managed to take a picture first with my son and just have fun with each other.
I chose the ALL Meat flavor of Tuscani because I have always been and always will be an ALL MEAT fan. I adore the flavor because it is like having your full meal already, only without rice. I feel full but not so bloated. It is very satisfying and, as what Pizza Hut’s caption goes—- it adds Flavor to my simple, regular life. It’s a favorable interruption in my usual life pattern. I look forward for pizza meals because aside from rewarding my self with delicious food, it is also a time for reconnecting with my husband. It adds a little spice in our marriage. It is also a great time to hear my son’s amazing school stories, and how he is very much full because of the many slices of pizzas he ate. Seeing how happy we were, eating and enjoying that certain moment; all my tiredness and exhaustion from house chores fade away. These moments of laughter make me realize how fun it is to be alive. In these simple pleasures grow unconditional love and happiness. That amidst all the problems we encounter, there are still some people, some things, and some food that will make our lives flavorful in simple ways—like Tuscani ALL meat pizza!
I dedicate this essay to my son Nathan. I hope that if he reads this, he will know how much Papa and I love him. As I am writing this, I am crossing my fingers to win the iPhone4. I will share it with my son who gets crazy at the sight of games and gadgets. I could only imagine his surprised face if ever I win this. I really hope I would be chosen.
And yes, I am desperate.
by: Melanie Carla P. Pakit
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