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I have familiarized myself with my mother’s everyday routine, from preparing breakfast, all the way to taking care of the dishes after dinner and even attending to my younger siblings. The everyday tasks seem to be a routine but it is more than just that – it seems that…


She did not tell me to do this or that; she just let me do things on my own. One of the toughest things to do was getting out of bed early to prepare breakfast. My younger siblings had to make do with cereals and milk for breakfast because I am not so comfortable working at the kitchen. I brought my mother something to eat in her room, a sandwich and some warm milk, went back to the kitchen because I also had to clean the table afterwards and put everything in the dishwasher. That time I felt like it was the longest morning in my life. I got used to going out of my room when breakfast is ready then go back to my room after eating.
After doing the morning chores, I checked our refrigerator to see what I can prepare for lunch. I had no idea what to cook so I just stared blankly on the vegetables and meat that was in the refrigerator. I kept thinking I have to prepare a decent meal for my mom so she can gain back her strength and get better right away. It’s a good thing that we are so equipped with technology that the internet can give you all the small details in cooking – just like a guide for dummies. I ended up making some pasta for me and my siblings and a soup for my mother. It was my first time to cook pasta just by myself. Even if I had the convenience of canned spaghetti sauce and ready to cook pasta, it was still a tough job to do because I had to make sure that I will be able to cook something worth eating. The soup I made was a recipe from the internet, and again, I felt relieved that I can watch the actual demonstration while I was preparing it myself. The vegetable soup was good enough for my mom and I felt proud of myself for accomplishing that task.
Dinner came and I just had to microwave all that was left during lunch. I reheated the soup and brought it to my mom’s room together with her medicine. I tidied up the kitchen and sat on the couch for a few minutes because I was starting to feel really tired. It felt really good ...
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