Clarence Xavier Nolasco is now 4 years old, turning 5 on May 27, 2011. In 2006, Clarence was born at a time when everyone in his immediate and extended families are financially struggling and experiencing emotional upheaval. It was a very unwelcoming ambience for an angel.
Notwithstanding, his coming sparked an energy of joy that almost had lost space in his blood circle. Clarence, the new born child, was a bouncing healthy boy.
THEN: A SICKLY BABY
But before he got discharged from Manila Doctor's Hospital, Clarence suddenly became irritable. One week after his discharge, he became extremely thin and purplish. Something was going wrong inside him. He could cry but like a bat-hit kitten. At a certain point, he was dying.
Clarence was diagnosed suffering from sepsis. Sepsis occurs when bacteria have already inflamed the body, destroying the immune system and causing death of a victim. There are not much success stories of survival from sepsis of new born children in the Philippines. And until now, family members have not known in full how Clarence had contracted it. They could only surmise and suppose.
One day, one good neighbor told his grandmother that Infant Jesus Hospital in Manila has the best hospice care and facilities for children in the country. And so, Clarence was brought there. His condition improved a week after. Unfortunately, his families can not sustain the growing cost of hospitalization. He could only be brought home.
A miracle or what, the daughter of his neighbor (at that time) offered Clarence's family free medical assistance. For some months, Clarence had been treated inhouse. When Clarence recovered, his families and his generous neighbor would always thank the time they had heard his loud screaming cries and chuckles.
Clarence fought an early battle of life and is victorious. But there were traces of trauma he still had to overcome while growing up. Until the age of two, he would often jolt out of bed or cry over a nightmare, as if someone hurts him. And until the age of three, he would often cry in shock over nothing. He would often say, "Masakit dito.. (It is painful here )", referring to the limbs where he received several injections.
The families thought he would be able to overcome this trauma at the age of 7. But he did at 4.
NOW: AN ACHIEVER
Not succumbing to death, Clarence has always made himself an early age struggler. And such has paved way for tremendous advancements in his life.
His mother and grandmother quipped "Nakasalita na si Clarence ng 8 months (Clarence started speaking at 8 months). At 10 months, Clarence could also identify objects and animals outside his home. He was already conversant a few months after he reached the age of 1.
At age 2, Clarence can already describe things around him. He is known in his village for his very friendly countenance. At age 3, Clarence can use terms unfamiliar to him in his own words. He can also follow track of your arguments and use your arguments against you, as a joke. He also runs fast and is physically strong and healthy --- real different from his old sickly state.
When he entered school at the age of 4, he never took schooling seriously. He would still continue his playing chores in the morning before he goes to school, and in the afternoon after taking lunch. In late afternoon, his grand father would accompany him and his two other siblings --- Celestine Satchel (3yo) and Czar Ezekiel (1yo) --- to the park for an hour of biking, running, etc. In the early evening, his mom or dad will review him for an hour; afterwhich, he and his siblings will watch films and tv shows. And after all these activities, he will play again and again.
More than anything else, Clarence can also be light with his teachers. During an exam, he poked joke at his examiner who was asking him what letter lampshade starts with. Clarence answered, " 'H' teacher, Hampshade. Joke lang, L po (It is only a joke, it is letter L, Lampshade)."
Yesterday, March 26, 2011, Clarence received five medals from St. Thomas More Academy in Cavite where he has been enrolled. He is recognized for the following exemplary performances:
* Gold Medal: Gold Academic Performance (Excellent Grades)
* Gold Medal: First Best in Isahang Pagtula (Poetry, singles, August 2011)
* Gold Medal: First Best in Letter Identification Quiz Bee (February 2011)
* Silver Medal: Second Best in Math Quiz Bee (February 2011)
* Silver Medal: Second Best in Science Quiz Bee (February 2011)
Yesterday, when Clarence arrived home, he told his aunt, ", look mo may five medals ako (Aunt, look here, I have five medals)", but immediately played with his Spiderman balloon.
So my advice to all parents out there, never give up on your children when times are rough. You'll never know what miracles shall come your way that will yield another miracle for your child.