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I gave you life, but I cannot live it for you.
I can teach you things, but I cannot make you learn.
I can give you direction, but I cannot be there to lead you.
I can offer you advice, but I cannot take it for you.
I can give you love, but I cannot force it upon you.
I can teach you, of course, to share, but I cannot make you unselfish.
I can tell you about the facts of life, but I cannot build your reputation.
I can warn you about the evil influences of drugs, but I cannot say no for you.
I can pray for you, but I cannot make you walk with God.
I can tell you how to live, but I cannot give you eternal life.

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Meet Stella . . .

misc-544.jpgThis morning we met with the owners of the dog, Stella, who had bit JP on Valentine’s Day in front of Peet’s Coffee. We had talked yesterday as to where we would meet. It was funny because the owner said that he would be the one with the dog in front of Peet’s . . . then he realized that it would be a Saturday so that means everyone brings their dogs. Montclair is one dog-friendly area. On weekends, I swear everyone brings their pooches. . . that goes for us too! We sometimes would go to Noah’s Bagel for a light breakfast, get coffee at either Peet’s or Starbucks and would walk around the village. It’s good for Toby too because it gives him a chance to “socialize” with the other dogs for a good hour or so. OK . . . let me get back to Stella. JP and I went and met the owners and Stella. JP of course already knew the owner’s wife and the “dog.”  Anyhoo, after my conversations with them yesterday via phone and in person today, I know they are a responsible couple and were very concerned about JP’s welfare. It was an unfortunate situation that happened with JP and Stella, but we’re just thankful that the bite didn’t turn into something serious. It could have been worse especially if it would have happened to a young toddler walking by. I sincerely believe the couple when they said that was the first time Stella ever “bit” anyone. Stella was tied to a meter pole, left unattended by the owner who had gone inside one of the stores in the village. They would not have left Stella only if she had a “history” of biting people, especially when left unattended. Folks were telling me that we should go to Small Claims Court to file charges. The hubs and I spoke about this in great details last night. It never crossed our minds to do so; therefore we are not. If and only if something serious had happened to our son, then in a heart beat we would file charges. I even called the doctor’s office again yesterday to make sure that JP’s bite will not get infected, etc. Since he’s on antibiotics and was treated, JP should be OK. I won’t go into details about the outcome in this post but if you want to know, you can call or email me. While talking to the owners, I even had a chance to observe Stella . . . she was letting the children pet her and was quite playful. The owners were just dumbfounded as to why Stella reacted that way. All I can say is that you learn from your mistakes . . . in this case, they are never going to leave Stella unattended. In my conversation with the owners yesterday, they said they wanted to compensate JP for his loss wages since he was unable to go to work on Valentine’s Day. They compensated Jeremy double of what he would have made plus the charges for the co-payment (doctor’s visit) and prescription. We are to keep them posted in the next week or so regarding JP.

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jp-wound.jpgWell, that’s exactly what this dog (a Rottweiler Mix) did to JP yesterday while he was on his way to work at the truffle shop.  Of all the days the truffle shop needed JP the most, he was not able to work.  You see, as he was walking towards the truffle shop, a dog who was tied to a meter, “snapped” at JP’s bottom right rear.  I get a phone call from him telling me what had happened to him, thinking all that time he got bit on the leg.  He couldn’t see the extent of the wound but all he knew it had a “burning” sensation. Since Rite Aid was across the street, I told him to go to the pharmacist to have them check out the wound . . . that’s when JP told me that it wasn’t his leg that got bit, but as JP put it into his own words:  “Mom! I can’t show them because the dog bit my on my lower butt cheek!”  I had to laugh only because they way he said it.  Moments like this you just don’t know what to do especially since I was at work.  After calling JP’s doctor’s office to be seen, I  immediately called the hubs (who was already home) to take JP to his doctor’s office in Orinda.  JP was treated and prescribed antibiotics.   While JP was waiting for the hubs to take him to the doctor’s, JP had bought me a 1/4 lb. of truffles (about 20 pcs).  The hubs brought JP back to the truffle shop so that JP can get his own car.  Later when JP got home, he handed me the box of truffles and a dozen long-stemmed roses.  I was so touched because I knew what he had gone through that afternoon.  I won’t go into the details until this situation has been resolved.  All I can say is that the owners of the dog were very apologetic.

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A letter to my son, JP . . .

I’m suppose to write at least a one-page letter to JP (J. . . hope you’re not visiting mommy’s blog) by February 14. His senior class will be going on a spiritual retreat at the end of February; the letter will be given to him and part of the letter will be read and shared by his fellow classmates. So, the question is . . . where do I begin? I love to write but I’m having difficulties trying to put my thoughts on paper. Well, being the queen procrastinator that I am, I’m sure when given the shove, I’ll be able to do it the night before. However, on the other hand, I think I will start soon that way I can take my time and gather all my thoughts. The hubs will have to work on this with me as well. Well, it’s off to bed I go . . . time to turn off this lap top and hit the sack. Good night . . . .

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  • (1) 8×10 photo
  • (4) 4×6 photos
  • 48 wallet size photos (2 poses)
  • and I have to add this in . . . “seeing” our son “smiling” in pictures . . . priceless!

christmas-misc-061.jpgGosh . . . my sis-in-law wasn’t kidding when she said the graduation pix are expensive because her daughter had graduated last June . . . this coming June, JP will be graduating from high-school. All I could say was “egads!” when I was pricing out the packages. I wanted to be as frugal and sensible as possible. We still have tons of school pictures when both kiddies were in Kindergarten that we haven’t given all away. I decided to do the a-la-carte vs. the various packages because the beginning package started at around $350.00. We only needed one 8×10 and figured we could get “creative” and make copies if need be . . . my bad! Heck, I’m sure I’m not the only one that does these things.

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The familia (and Toby) were supposed to drive down to Southern Cali last Thursday afternoon so that JP can visit a few colleges, namely California State University Long Beach but because of the devastating fire that happened last week in the 7 Southern California counties we decided it wasn’t a good time to go. Besides, Toby was still on the mend and I was having my own “stomach” problems (ulcer?) so I guess it wasn’t meant to be. Both JP and AC didn’t have school last Friday so we were going to stay for 3 days/2 nights. This week JP will be applying to various colleges. Wow! Can’t believe that this is JP’s last year in high-school. How time really does fly in high-school.  My nephew (DP) in Texas will be graduating this year too from high-school and the hubs’ niece (Gab) started college this Fall.  In no time, it’ll be AC’s turn. 🙂

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js-senior-breakfast-006b.jpgYesterday morning, the hubs and I went to the “Senior Breakfast.” [Since AC is in Chorus, she along with the other students were there to perform.] JP’s school invited the parents of Class 2008 for a breakfast which was held at this place over looking the golf course. Each student was given a candle which was lit and placed on the tables, followed by prayers and reflections throughout the 4 years at their school. It was also a nice time for parents to meet and mingle with other parents.

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There were a total of 3 families per table . . . we sat with parents whose daughters had gone to school with JP since Kindergarten. We had a wonderful time going down “memory lane” . . . and now we couldn’t believe that our son/daughter will be going off to college. For more pix, please click here.

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