"The Value of Time" from an 8-year old kid’s perspective

This time, like all times, is a very good one; if we know what to do with it.

Time is the most valuable and the most perishable of all our possessions.

She's just an 8-year old kid from the block, ordinary to say. She wasn't born a princess in fact she was born without a father; well not literally, she has a father who suddenly vanished before she was given the eyes to see.

 

She grew up fairly well and was loved by her family.

She had her mom, her grandparents, her aunt (who she loves so much but didn’t have the courage to say it) and her little sister. So what more she could ask for?

She went to school and learned pretty quickly how to read and write. She would borrow all the books from her teacher and classmates every Friday afternoon.

While other kid's her age play and bathe on the sun the whole day, she was stuck up on her room, reading and reading all the books.

Then she would rewrite every story she read, every movie she watched and make her own fairytale world.

Life was sometimes rough for them and she knew how much her mom did all the works so she could buy her the things she needed. Sometimes she would go to school without even money.

At a young age, she learned how to make her time valuable. She would compile all her original stories in a folded paper and her classmates can give her paper or money for every story they would read. Fair enough.

Writing seems to be her passion and her greatest fan is her aunt who always and always believed in her.

So if she's been hooking herself with books the whole weekend and barely playing outside, what do you think she'll do when summer's come?

You wouldn’t think that an 8 year old already had the view of what her future would look like, especially for a kid who grew up on a small sleepy town of who knows where. I had this list of her ‘dreams’ that she wanted to be when she grew up.

Found this on her old notebook together with her day to day schedule, as what she calls it timetable (will show you later). Would glad to share this with you:

  • To become an astronaut
  • To become a detective or undercover spy
  • To learn Ballet and ice skating
  • To be a champion gymnast
  • To become a priestess
  • To travel around the world like a missionary
  • To find my own miracle
  • To be a writer

When I stumbled upon a piece of paper or you would say a timetable schedule, memories flashed back and I was transported to a summer when this writing begun. Finding that little girl on my memory was easy. And so once again, I remember the value of time once more.

She wrote it on her used old notebooks together with her stories. I took a memory photo of what her timetable/schedule for the day looks like:

Morning:

6:00 - 6:30 Wake up time and prayer time

6:30 - 7:00 Getting ready for the day

7:00 - 7:30 Eat breakfast

7:30 - 9:00 Sweep and weed the backyard / Water plants, flowers and vegetables

9:00 - 10:00 Read books

10:00 - 11:00 Watch cartoons / Sineskwela

11:30 - 12:00 Wait for mom

Afternoon:

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch time

1:00 - 2:30 Nap time

2:30 - 4:00 Write stories and poems

4:00 - 5:00 Do chores around the house

5:00 – 5:30 Wait for mom to come home

5:30 - 6:00 Prepare dinner

6:00 - 7:00 Watch news

7:00 - 8:00 Read a book and write schedule for next day

8:00 - Pray and go to bed

Books + Summer
Books + Summer

This is only for a day, every day she change her work but she challenged herself to write one story everyday so that when summer ends, she would have a dozen compilations. And believe it or not, she did follow the time allotted for each work so that she could do it fair and square.

Some of her workload includes washing her mom's clothes, arranging their clothes on drawers, wiping dust on jealousies, gardening, ironing her mom's uniform, and all other chores inside the house. Well, as a little kid, she also wanted to have some free time playing, mostly by herself or she would gather much younger kids to their balcony and teach them how to read and write.

Other times, she would go out with her cousins and sell her vegetables to neighbors so she could earn some money. She loved to garden, planting vegetables and flowers. And most of all she loved to harvest them and personally cook it for her and for her grandma when her mom or her aunt couldn’t make it to come for lunch.

She believed that knowledge is important. It can be used as a tool for garnering those little ribbons that your mom would proudly pin on your new dress after school year. She also believed that a wasted time will never be replaced that's why at a young age; she did her best to spend those precious time on a very valuable way.

As far as I can remember, this happened during the summer of ’96 when she was preparing for her 3rd grade at school.

Well, every summer is always a new adventure.


© 2012 Mycee. All Rights Reserved.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

What a lovely piece of writing and testament to the value of time. Live like it's your last chance on Earth and love every single minute like the valuable possession that it is. Great hub my young friend!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Billy.. thanks a lot! You always inspired me to write more. Today, most the kids in our place just play and play, watch tv all day or computer games. Oh well, they just didnt know how valuable time is.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

They will understand when they get older but then they will feel regret. May I ask what part of the country you live in? Or are you abroad?


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

yeah you're right :) they're just kids anyway. Nope, i'm not abroad but hoping! No harm in dreaming of going abroad! :)

my country is Philippines.


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

This is such a precious story. It touches one deep into the heart. Very cleverly written too. Keep these coming! Voted Way Up. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Unknown Spy, a very interesting read, a very organized little girl, part of me feel a little sad for the little girl, she seem like a very lonely child.

But having said that, I believe as an adult she has the discipline to accomplish what ever she desire.

All the best


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Oh Faith, thanks as always!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Tobusiness, thank you. Maybe she loves being that way. she could have opted another way if she wants to, i guess if she's not happy :)

Thanks for reading!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Such an interesting write about the internal world of this little girls--


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hello Audrey! Thank you for the comment! Really appreciate this :) xoxo,M.


Larry Wall 4 years ago

You are going deeper into your thoughts and your writing with each effort. What was once a budding writer is now a blossoming writer. Do not ever stop. Keep up the good work. Remember, I will always be proud of what you have accomplished.

Larry


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Tracy Lynn Conway 4 years ago from Virginia, USA

This piece shows a very unique outlook on life, very touching!

Tracy


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. What a wonderful child to have more on the mind than just play and laze the days away. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed this lots.


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

Unknown Spy: Voted up and beautiful! What a wonderful inspiring story. When I think of what I was doing when I was 8 years old! Such a different time back then! I was so darn shy and scared of my shadow! And here is an 8 year old with a schedule. THANK YOU for this great read, and I can feel your heart and passion. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

A very interesting story of a child. Will she grow up and be what she wants to be? She is very strong, even though she is rather silent. You are a very good writer. Thank you for sharing this.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

This is a very insightful look into the world of a little girl which made this well written hub a interesting read,well done .

Vote up and more !!!


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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

You are very lucky that you never lost the "little girl" in you.Many adults forget being a child, and become insensitive to life and it's surroundings..they lose the ability to dream.Time is a valuable commodity that we waste, when we should relish it as a child does...

Veru well written..interesting perpective..


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Larry, I knew you'll read this one :) Thank you for believing. This is very kind of you...and for the prayers as well :)

xoxo.M.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Tracy, thank for your kind words. REally appreciate this! xoxo.


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Gottabegod 4 years ago from Southern USA

Unknown - I voted up, awesome, beautiful & interesting. What a lovely story about a gifted little girl. She isn't worried if she's like all the others, but is comfortable in who she is. This little girl will touch many people!! God bless you! I will be anxious to read more of your hubs!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thanks Gypsy for this wonderful comment!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Sparklea, thank you very much. Her world was so young back then and she's always bored without anything to do.so she made this so that she would not waste every single minute of her summertime. Very much appreciated your time!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Michele..i would say, she grew up and reach most of her dreams. Yeah, you sense that too, that she's silent. Most people think that she can't do anything, she's so fragile. But she didn't care, she chose to follow her dreams.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you so much Kashmir!!! as always, very much appreciated :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

thanks again kjf.. thank you for this message. many adults became so busy with everything and lost track of the 'little girl' inside them :)


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CriticalMessage 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

Sweet !


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you gottabegod!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

CM, very much appreciated thanks!!


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Esther Earl 4 years ago

Very lovely writing... If only I can have a girl like that little girl in the story, I will be the proudest parent ever be. Very clever, very responsible and so blessed to have such wonderful insights even at a young age.

Keep it up, I really appreciated all your hubs. Voted up, beautiful, awesome and interesting. So touchy indeed.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you so much for the very kind message.. I really appreciate the time you've spent reading my hubs :) God bless!


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

These are wonderful memories for you. I did not get the feeling that the child was lonely, but that she enjoyed being who she was:)

Voted Up!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Yes curiad,very wonderful.. and i also think she enjoyed doing her things to keep herself busy.

thanks a lot for reading!!


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snowdrops 4 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

What a very wonderful child she is. I love your writings.


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow.. this little girl did all that?.. she is an awesome young lady.. and i take it is you? you are amazing.. so glad i can read your hubs'

voted up

Debbie


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you snowdrops.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Debbie..Good day to you :)

Yes, I used to do that when summer's come. I'm a bit alone and not having fun to play outside with other kids.i don't know why, i prefer to read and do chores around the house.

Thank you so much for reading :)


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

I enjoyed being brought into this childs world where her love of reading, writing, creativity and imagination was developed. Maybe one day, she would grow up and pen some awesome hubs on a web page and allow others to enjoy the wonderful gifts her mind has to offer.

I loved this and am hooked. Following and voting up


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi ShiningIrisheyes. Thank you for reading. Well, you're reading one of her hubs now :)


shiningirisheyes 4 years ago

Yes- That is what I was referring to when I said "Maybe one day SHE will grow up and pen some awesome hubs.....et.."

Great direction to come at when writing this. Very original, creative and ingenious. Keep it up and I'll keep reading.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you sooo much Shiningirisheyes! Glad to find you here :)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

There is nothing wrong with being a great reader and dreamer of dreams. Hope that many of your dreams continue to come true!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you so much Peggy. Yes, I do hope too!God bless!


Ainah 4 years ago

What a wonderful kid! Oh my. I know she'll go far.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you for the comment Ainah!


micblue 4 years ago

very inspiring!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Heheh thank you much!

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