Bettina Carlos’ daughter Gummy is now in sixth grade and like many parents who sent their child back to F2F classes for the first time in two years, she couldn’t help but mark the moment with an Instagram post.
But it’s not just Gummy’s first day back learning inside the school premises, it’s also their family’s first time ever to have a “daddy driver”.
“First day not only for our 6th grader to go back to face to face classes (although on a hybrid arrangement) but also for us to have a Daddy drive us to school!!! Huhuhu. May daddy driver na kami. Hehehe,” writes Bettina in her caption.
The first photo shows her husband Mikki Eduardo walking up a set of stairs together with Gummy, fully clad in her back-to-school look. Bettina and Mikki were married back in December 2020 and also met and started dating early that year. In 2021, the Eduardos moved to La Union and started their probinsya life.
Bettina recounted that the last time Gummy was in F2F classes was in third grade and she included a side by side photo of her first day of school in grade three and now in grade six. “I think you grew a foot, anak!”
It was her third-grade academic year that was affected by the initial lockdowns brought about by the Covid-19 global pandemic.
How the Eduardos' first day high went
The expectant mom recounted just how their first day went, with Gummy waking up earlier than her 5 AM alarm. “8 pa ang pasok besh 5 AM nangangalabit na!”
She also shared in the carousel of photos a picture of Gummy reading her Bible while already dressed up in her school uniform. “She did her quiet time which I pray she will wholeheartedly do and continue until she’s old!”
Bettina says Gummy also made her own breakfast, a smoothie bowl–which she said she’d always make for both her parents daily since it’s quick and easy.
Because it was picture taking for school ID day, Gummy requested for her mom to curl her hair. “Request niya since ID photo is taken on the first day of school ay pakikulot daw siya. So may maagang kulutan na naganap!”
Bettina’s reminder for all parents this school year
Just like most parents these days, Bettina is excited, hopeful, and maybe also extending her patience over schools figuring out F2F classes as it goes along.
“Hay we have gone a loooong way to get to this day. And it required (and continues to require MUCH) sacrifice from everyone—children, parents and especially the schools!” she wrote on Instagram.
“I’m sure it’s hard to run a school, what more now with different modalities of learning! Plus managing the requests/complaints of different parents. (So parents please let’s also be gracious to the schools—lahat tayo nahihirapan at nag-adjust.)”
Bettina reminds parents to celebrate each win, no matter how small. “But hey, WE’RE HERE!!! GOING BACK TO SCHOOL LIKE NORMAL!!! Kahit may ulan at baha, let’s count our blessings one by one!”
She ends her post greeting all parents and students, “Happy first day high sa lahat! Wohohooo!!!”
“Thank you Lord for your provision ang grace!!! Paulanan mo po kami ng lakas!”
And all parents say "Amen!" to a rainshower of grace and provision for F2F classees.
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