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Oh Taylor!
3/7/2012 4:50:10 PM
I’ve always seen Taylor as my young niece, so innocent and reserved. I didn’t see her fuss although her sister, Lauren and my sister tells me otherwise. She was like my mom who was particular about things. For example, before we all leave the house, she would make sure that the stove was switched of, the window shades were closed and doors were locked. She did not complain about being sick or complain at all. She did not talk a lot although with Lauren around, she could become boisterous. She took care of two rabbits and here she failed because I find a lot of poop in their pen. And one rabbit died. I learned about it last time I was there. But that was the extent to which she could fail.

She is a good student, as good as Lauren. They get excellent grades. She is an avid reader and can honestly say she multi-tasks. I was sleeping in their living room every time I come visit them. She was lying on the couch. All around her were books, her iphone and her homework. I asked her what she was doing. She said that she was doing her homework. And then I interjected, “…while texting.” “Yes.” And on top of that, she was also reading a novel. For all I know, she was reading the “Twilight Saga.”

One night, as Lauren, Taylor and I were joshing around, the topic landed on art. I told them that we would not have thought that our family was art centric. But here I was, writing books, novels, blogs and essays. Lauren was trying to be in the performing arts. Even my sister was into painting. And Taylor suddenly jumped up and told me about her art project. She rushed upstairs to her bedroom and retrieved pieces of artwork she was harboring for quite some time. There were drawings and collages and all sort of paraphernalia. She described how she created it and why she created it. True art was a creation without any compelling outside reason to do so. So, without her project being an assignment or no one asking her to do art, she created her art and this is true art.

She was a product of Filipino and Mexican parents; and her beauty outshines most of her contemporaries. Her eyes were deep brown, and you could get lost in it. Her hair…yeah, her hair was absolutely shiny and bulbous. BIG HAIR, as they said which was lost on me because she did not have any ego to go with it. Her hair turns brownish when she exposed it to the sun. She could be a glamorous gal but through all these, she remained demure.

So this evening, I talked with mom over the phone about small things, about her prayer meeting, about the choir, about friends visiting the house and about Lauren and Michael doing their laundry. And then, by happenstance, she mentioned that Taylor has a boyfriend. A BOYFRIEND!? I was very surprised. Mom said that he was good-looking but I interrupted and said goodbye to mom and immediately called another phone to reach Taylor. Lauren answered the phone and she too confirmed it.

So I asked Taylor what secrets had she not yet revealed to me. She mentioned about being accepted to Dominican College and St. Mary’s College. (She is in her senior year in high school and she is applying to different colleges and universities.) She planned to major in civil engineering or nursing depending on what college accepts her. And then she mentioned that she has a boyfriend. He was very respectful. My sister likes that. And he just left the house, she said demurely and unassuming. We wondered why through her high school she did not have a boyfriend despite the fact that she was so beautiful. She said that there were many suitors but she didn’t like any one of them. This guy liked Taylor and her classmates knew about it. But she didn’t. This relationship is just new, February 14. If the trend continues, we hope that it will be for the longest time, just like Lauren and Michael’s.

Oh Taylor! My almost innocent, reserved and beautiful niece.

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More Blogs by Paul Cuenco
• Predicament: Dave and Annette's Housewarming 2012 - Sunday, September 16, 2012
• Predicament: Portland Sands and its vicinity - Sunday, September 02, 2012
• Predicament: Mississippi Street Fair, Portland, Oregon - Saturday, August 25, 2012
• Predicament: Astoria, Oregon - Friday, August 17, 2012
• New Book for Father's Day! - Saturday, June 23, 2012
• Predicament: Saving Money - Wednesday, May 23, 2012
• Predicament: Old Haunts - Sunday, May 13, 2012
• Predicament: Courteous Portland Traffic - Wednesday, May 02, 2012
• Sorry - Wednesday, April 11, 2012
• Predicament: A Day at the Beach - Thursday, April 05, 2012
• Predicament: Dinner at a Deserted Restaurant - Tuesday, April 03, 2012
• Predicament: My Stroke and Writing - Monday, April 02, 2012
• Predicament: The World of the Bay Area - Sunday, April 01, 2012
• Predicament: A Competitor Indeed - Saturday, March 31, 2012
• Predicament: Democracy! - Friday, March 30, 2012
• Predicament: The Garden Party - Thursday, March 29, 2012
• Predicament: Gift-Giving - Wednesday, March 28, 2012
• Predicament: Suicide - Tuesday, March 27, 2012
• Predicament: Water, Water Everywhere - Monday, March 26, 2012
• Predicament: The Floods Of Manila - Sunday, March 25, 2012
• Predicament: Tita Dimple's recollection of Papa Trining - Saturday, March 24, 2012
• Predicament: The Future Should Be Brighter - Friday, March 23, 2012
• Predicament: Death of a Writer - Thursday, March 22, 2012
• Predicament: The Season Re-liveth - Wednesday, March 21, 2012
• Predicament: Time Had Forgotten About - Tuesday, March 20, 2012
• Predicament: Closing Time - Monday, March 19, 2012
• Predicament: Hasan Baharin - Sunday, March 18, 2012
• Predicament: A Pimple of my Nose - Saturday, March 17, 2012
• Predicament: What is Mike Cooking? - Friday, March 16, 2012
• Predicament: Papa Eriong - Thursday, March 15, 2012
• Predicament: Kind Words - Wednesday, March 14, 2012
• Predicament: Music and Whit 2 - Tuesday, March 13, 2012
• Predicament: Music and Whit 1 - Monday, March 12, 2012
• Predicament: What You Want to Be - Sunday, March 11, 2012
• Predicament: Father and Son - Saturday, March 10, 2012
• Liza's Life Plan - Friday, March 09, 2012
• The Colleague - Thursday, March 08, 2012
•  Oh Taylor! - Wednesday, March 07, 2012  
• Dena - Tuesday, March 06, 2012
• Losing My Job, Again - Monday, March 05, 2012
• A Plane to Nowhere - Sunday, March 04, 2012
• A Slave No More - Saturday, March 03, 2012
• Cirque du Soleil - Friday, March 02, 2012
• Mendocino - Thursday, March 01, 2012
• Th Coming Storm - Wednesday, February 29, 2012
• Becoming Old - Tuesday, February 28, 2012
• Ordinary Lives - Monday, February 27, 2012
• Books I Read - Sunday, February 26, 2012
• Discrimination - Saturday, February 25, 2012
• Quintessential Jokes - Friday, February 24, 2012
• The Catholic Experience - Thursday, February 23, 2012
• Promises, promises - Wednesday, February 22, 2012
• Sleepy - Tuesday, February 21, 2012
• Art for Art's Sake - Monday, February 20, 2012
• Mike's Ash Wednesday - Sunday, February 19, 2012
• Holy - Saturday, February 18, 2012
• Summer Home - Friday, February 17, 2012
• Pickpocketed - Thursday, February 16, 2012
• A Penny for a Drink - Wednesday, February 15, 2012
• My Roman Holiday - Tuesday, February 14, 2012
• Luck and Popularity - Monday, February 13, 2012
• It's Valentine's - Sunday, February 12, 2012
• Bosses - Saturday, February 11, 2012
• Education and Options - Saturday, February 11, 2012
• Windy Portland - Thursday, February 09, 2012
• My Job at Costco - Wednesday, February 08, 2012
• Compassion - Tuesday, February 07, 2012
• The Day Paul had Two Parties and other things - Monday, February 06, 2012
• When I Die - Sunday, February 05, 2012
• Sleeping and Dreaming - Saturday, February 04, 2012
• The Loneliness of a Country Road - Friday, February 03, 2012
• Jordan - Thursday, February 02, 2012
• Taxes Galore - Wednesday, February 01, 2012
•  It's almost Valentines - Monday, January 30, 2012
• Habits We Indulge Ourselves In - Sunday, January 29, 2012
• To Cruise or not to Cruise - Saturday, January 28, 2012
• Blah, Blah, Blah - Friday, January 27, 2012
• Rain - Thursday, January 26, 2012
• Charlie* and Dad - Wednesday, January 25, 2012
• Writing and Being A Writer - Tuesday, January 24, 2012
• True Snow - Monday, January 23, 2012
• Reinvention - Sunday, January 22, 2012
• What I Miss - Saturday, January 21, 2012
• A Gift for Valentine - Thursday, January 19, 2012
• Venerable Mr. Wu - Wednesday, January 18, 2012
• The Snow Storm That Wasn't - Tuesday, January 17, 2012
• The Russians - Monday, January 16, 2012
• The Older Generation - Sunday, January 15, 2012
• What is the other half doing today? - Saturday, January 14, 2012
• Mike's Bird dog Stories - Friday, January 13, 2012
• Dying - Thursday, January 12, 2012
• This Modern Life - Wednesday, January 11, 2012
• Jabberwocky - Tuesday, January 10, 2012
• Marriages and Such - Monday, January 09, 2012
• Poetry in America - Sunday, January 08, 2012
• Old Friendships - Saturday, January 07, 2012
• Clark and a whole of other things - Friday, January 06, 2012
• Being (almost) Late - Thursday, January 05, 2012
• At my Starbucks - Wednesday, January 04, 2012
• The Sandusky Affair - Tuesday, January 03, 2012
• Happy Reading 1 - Monday, January 02, 2012
• New Year 2012 - Monday, January 02, 2012
• A Day with my Nieces - Sunday, January 01, 2012
• To Live and Enjoy Life - Thursday, December 29, 2011
• Goodbye Uncle Paul - Wednesday, December 28, 2011
• It's Hector - Tuesday, December 27, 2011
• Going Home - Thursday, December 22, 2011
• A Night in Copenhagen - Wednesday, December 21, 2011
• Trivia Night - Tuesday, December 20, 2011
• Paul's Novels - Monday, December 19, 2011
• Europe - Sunday, December 18, 2011
• Kimmy, my good friend - Friday, December 16, 2011
• The Sad State of my Affairs - Thursday, December 15, 2011
• Once There was a Mansion - Wednesday, December 14, 2011
• Lauren's Happy Uncle's Day - Tuesday, December 13, 2011
• Santa Claus - Monday, December 12, 2011
• Mike, the Francophile - Sunday, December 11, 2011
• The car that never died, I hope - Saturday, December 10, 2011
• My Christmas Lights - Friday, December 09, 2011
• Small Memories - Wednesday, December 07, 2011
• Owning a Business, Bar - Tuesday, December 06, 2011
• What A Wonderful Day - Monday, December 05, 2011
• My Typical Sunday - Sunday, December 04, 2011
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• Moving on to Spirit Mountain - Friday, December 02, 2011


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