The Adventures and Misadventures of Ricky, Maya and Sunshine : You are my Sunshine, my only Sunshine
“Ricky naman kasi, kasalanan mo to!”
“Eh ikaw yun nagpakain ng ice cream sa mga bata.”
“I asked your permission at pumayag ka. That means may kasalanan ka rin.
Sunshine came home from school coughing while Sky is in his grumpy mood.
Maya and Ricky fetched the five year old twins from their pre school and dropped by the ice cream parlor to have some ice cream when Sunshine requested it. Ayaw pumayag ni Maya at first but Ricky joined the twins while they begged her in their puppy dog pleading eyes.
Tuwang tuwa si Sunshine because her favorite strawberry flavor was available while nagsusungit si Sky kasi naubusan na ng Cookies and Cream which is his favorite.
“Hep hep nagsisihan pa kayong mag-asawa. Parehas kayong may kasalanan kaya tigilan nyo na ang pagdidiskusyon. O eto yun gamot Maya. Bihisan mo na muna yung mga bata. Tapos pakainin ko mamaya ng niluto kong sopas.” It was Manang Fe who was able to end the bickering of the couple.
When Manang Fe left them…
“Ikaw kasi Ricky, napagsabihan tuloy tayo ni Manang.” Nagumpisa na naman ang Maya.
“Why me? Ikaw kaya ang malakas ang boses dyan. Narinig tuloy tayo ni Manang Fe.” Ricky argued back.
Then they heard Manang Fe’s not-so-distant voice, “Tigilan nyo na yan.”
Both Maya ang Richard giggled like kids being scolded by their parents.
While changing Sunshine’s clothes, the little girl who’s as talkative as her mom suddenly said, “Mommy you should come with us ni daddy and Sky sa park tomorrow.”
“Anak Mommy can’t. May work si Mommy and early ako pumupunta ng work.”
“Si Daddy is also working but why can he still play with us sa park?”
Ricky was lying beside Sky, who was now asleep. He smiled at his wife and daughter, amused at their conversation. Maya smiled back at him.
“Shine, Daddy owns the company that’s why he can go to work anytime.”
Tampo ang Sunshine, “It’s unfair. The mommies sa park always talk about Sky and Daddy. Di nila ako pinapansin. Dapat nandun ka rin Mommy para may kakampi ako.”
“The mommies talk about Daddy? Why? Anong sinasabi nila about Daddy baby?” She was suddenly curious.
Naalert ang ears ni Ricky.
“The mommies sa park, they will always go near Daddy and Sky like this tapos…” Sunshine was demonstrating to her Mommy, “some would give daddy sandwich. Yun isang mommy naman would give him coffee.”
“Uh-oh, this is not good…” Sa loob-loob ni Ricky who is now carefully leaving the bed so as not to wake Sky up.
“Continue baby…” Maya was urging her daughter to continue, with eyebrows slightly raised, while glancing at Ricky.
“… they will always say… Ang gwapo ni Sky, mana sa Daddy. May dimples si Sky parang si Daddy. Smile ka nga Sky… O Richeeeerd smile ka din, see magkamukha talaga kayo, hihihi!!… I hate it mommy!” Sunshine was even imitating the mommies at the park.
Lagot! Like-Bert-of-Sesame-Street-eyebrows na ang Maya. This is really not good!
“Then yun Mommy ni Bettina, she would always ask daddy about some songs.”
“Some songs baby?” Tanong ulit ni Maya.
Pinagpapawisan na si Daddy ng malamig. Lagot talaga siya kay Maya.
“She would ask… Richeeeeerd do you know this song??? Tapos she would share her earphones with Daddy.” Non-stop ang Sunshine.
Before she could say more…
“Baby you better sleep now. It’s getting late.” Dali dali ni Ricky kinuha si Sunshine while Maya was just observing him, same pa rin yun eyebrows and now may sharp stare pa to match it.
Ricky just avoided it. Patay malisya ba.
Thirty minutes later…
Sa bed na yun dalawa…
Tahimik si Maya. This meant only one thing. Galit siya!
“Haynaku! Eto na naman ang pagsusuyo kay Maya na mas mahirap pa than closing a deal for Lim Aviation Services.” Sa loob loob ni Ricky.
“Sweetheart….” Ricky started.
Umupo si Maya sa bed. Arms crossed, chin up, eyebrows raised, waiting for Ricky’s palusot, este explanation pala.
“Nakakatakot ka naman Sweetheart. Listen to me first. Let me explain.”
“Natatakot ka? Guilty ka?”
“Yes! I mean no! Nakakataranta ka naman sweetheart eh. I mean natatakot ako na magalit ka, pero I’m not guilty of anything. Behave kaya ako and it’s not my fault that those mommies are being friendly. Alangan naman iwasan ko sila. That would be ungentlemanly.”
Nakikinig lang si Maya, still with a poker face.
Ricky continued, “yun coffee and sandwiches naman, hindi ko naman iniinom at kinakain. I bring it with me in the office and give them to Liza.”
No reaction pa rin si Maya. She’s just staring at him.
Continue ulit si Ricky, “tapos yun sa earphones, mahilig lang sa music yun mom ni Bettina. She was just asking the title of the song. Atsaka malayo naman yun gap even if she share her earphones with me. Ganito kalayo ang gap sweetheart.” He even tried to demonstrate how it looked.
Maya still didn’t react. But deep inside she was already trying her best not to laugh at her husband. Aliw na aliw sya kay Ricky. He looked so cute trying to explain himself. She enjoys it so much.
“Sweetheart hindi ko naman talaga kssalanan…” Ricky again started.
“Inaantok na ako. Matulog na tayo.” Maya said without smiling at him, without reacting to anything he said.
Ricky sighed. In his mind, “Galit pa talaga ang asawa ko. Yun mga mommies naman kasi.” He never wanted to make his wife feel bad.
“Sweetheart sorry na. Sige kahit sa tingin ko wala naman akong kasalanan, i still want to say sorry.”
Tumalikod lang si Maya.
“Ricky ang kulit mo. Matulog na tayo.”
“Eh you’re still mad. Ayokong galit ka sa sa’kin. Please, kausapin mo naman ako.” Paglalambing ni Ricky.
But after a few minutes, he heard Maya snore. Nakatulog na to… or so he thought.
Ricky stared at her sadly, still blaming himself for making Maya feel bad.
He just kissed the top of her head, her forehead, then the tip of her nose. “Kahit di mo na marinig kasi tulog ka na sweetheart, i want to say it again, I’m very sorry. I love you. and I can’t stand it na galit ka sa’kin. I love you so much Maya.” He gave her a light kiss on her lips then fixed her blanket.
He stood up and left their room.
The moment Ricky left, Maya got a pillow and screamed on it. Kilig na kilig pa rin siya sa gestures ni Ricky. And she is very sure that her husband will do anything para suyuin sya.
Gustong gusto nya na sinusuyo sya ni Ricky because he becomes overly sweet. Excited siya sa mga surprises ni Ricky just to earn her forgiveness.
She is sure that he will surprise her with a breakfast in bed and some flowers too. And he will surely insist in bringing her to the office instead of just allowing her to take the Time Airways service.
Kilig na kilig sa excitement si Maya that she slept with a smile on her face.
Maya woke up excited for whatever her husband planned for the day. Sure na sure siya na babawi si Ricky.
She slowly stood up, expecting a breakfast on their small table inside their bedroom pero walang breakfast. There was also no flower or note. Pasimple siyang naghanap ng note sa bedside table ni Ricky pero she can’t find any.
“Sigurado sa bathroom mirror may note yun” she told herself.
Pagpasok niya wala rin and she even saw that basa na yun bathroom, which meant naligo na si Ricky.
Medyo naaasar na si Maya. The expected surprise didn’t happen.
Still hoping that maybe her husband decided to have the breakfast surprise at their veranda, dali dali naman siyang pumunta doon. There was no breakfast by the veranda as well and the house was surprisingly quiet.
Manang Fe saw her. “Gising ka na pala Maya. Nakahanda na yun almusal sa baba. Ipinagluto ka ni Sabel ng daing na bangus at may kamatis din.”
“Ah sige po Manang. Magbibihis na muna ako tapos mag-aalmusal na po. Manang asan po yun mga bata?” It was just 7 am and she couldn’t hear any of the voices of the five Lim kids.
“Magkakasama sila ni Ricardo. Isinama kasi niya yun kambal. Sumabay na sina Luke, Nikki at Abby sa daddy nila. Kasama rin sina Leah at Doris. Yun van yun dinala nila. Nandyan si Joma. Sabi ni Ricardo magpahatid ka na lang kay Joma kasi baka late ka na daw magising at di na makasabay sa service.”
“Po? Saan ba sila pupunta?”
“Nakapajama naman yun kambal at di pa naman nakasuot pang-opisina si Ricardo. Baka sa park lang sila pakatapos ihatid sina Luke, Nikki at Abby.”
“Ah okay po Manang. Sige magbibihis na po ako.”
Now she’s really angry. Nahopia na nga sa expected nyang surprise, aba bumalik pa sa park at napakaaga pa.
Maya arrived in Time Airways in a bad mood. Though she’s trying her best to act the same bubbly, positive person she is known for, she couldn’t mask her annoyance and anger at her husband lalo na at di man lang nagtext or call si Ricky. “Hmph! Makikita mo mamaya Ricardo! Outside the room ka!” She said to herself.
Maya was on her way to Ms Calandra’s office to get her flight schedule for today. Before she even entered, she could already hear giggles from someone who sounded like Sunshine. When she entered, it was indeed Sunshine. The little girl was talking to Ms Calandra.
“Sweetheart you’re here!” Ricky immediately went near her for a kiss.
“Good morning po Ms. Calandra.” She greeted her boss then turned to Ricky. “Ricky anong ginagawa nyo dito?”
Before Richard could answer, Ms Calandra spoke, “Okay na Maya. Edz will take over your flight for today and tomorrow. Sumama ka na sa mag-aama mo.”
“Sweetheart, sorry but I talked to Ms. Calandra kasi di ba Sunshine misses you especially dun sa park. Nakiusap ako na kahit today lang makasama ka namin sa park.”
“Yes Maya and since your little girl here has the same convincing powers as yours, pinapayagan na kita at dinagdagan ko pa ng isang araw para hindi naman unfair kay Sky.”
“Naku naman po, nakakahiya! Ricky bakit mo naman ginawa yun?”
“Sweetheart namimiss ka na kasi namin ng mga bata.”
“Naku Maya it’s okay. Atsaka Mr. Lim here promised free maintenance of all Time Airways planes for one month. Naku kahit nga one week pwede kitang payagan.”
“Two days is okay Ms. Calandra. Thank you very much.” Ricky smiled at Maya’s boss.
Maya wasn’t able to say anything. Nagulat siya sa ginawa ni Ricky. At siyempre natuwa.
“Sige na Maya. You go now. Siyempre di ko naman matitiis ang aking inaanak na si Sunshine.” Then Ms Calandra kissed Sunshine. Si Sky nandun kay Leah and grumpy kasi nagising ng maaga.
After leaving Time Airways, they ate at their favorite fastfood chain. The twins enjoyed the pancakes, while Maya, Ricky, Doris and Leah had full breakfast meals.
“Ano to sweetheart? Bakit mo naisipan to?”
He laughed, “It’s my different kind of surprise. Kasi alam ko naman na you’re expecting it kanina paggising mo at I’m sure nahopia ka.” He chuckled louder this time. “Naghanap ka ng breakfast in bed at flowers for sure. And I’m sure hinalughog mo yun room to look for my sorry note.”
Tiningnan nya si Ricky ng masama, to try to hide her pagkapahiya. “Kainis ka sweetheart! Pero oo! Umasa ako kanina.” Then she giggled while covering her face.
“You’re so cute. Hindi ko ginawa yun kasi it’s very common already. Atsaka you already know my every move. Hindi na talaga surprise yun. Atsaka…”
“Gusto kong mahopia ka din ng slight. Di mo kaya ako pinatulog kagabi sa kakaworry. You’re so mean to me sweetheart.”
She slapped her husband lightly, “kaya ka gumanti?”
He just grinned at her then she pinched his nose. “Kulit mo Ricky!”
After their breakfast Ricky drove towards the park. Maya just remained quiet. Slightly annoyed sya kasi nga yun mga sinabi ni Sunshine.
The moment the car stopped, Sunshine and Sky, with Doris and Leah trailing behind them, ran towards the see-saw and swing. The twins were squealing happily. Ricky and Maya were walking towards them hand in hand. They were both enjoying watching their kids.
Then the mommies walked to meet them. They were smiling.
“Richeeerddd pakilala mo naman kami sa very beautiful wife mo.” The youngest of the mommies said.
Nagblush ang Maya. Nahiya.
“Okay mommies, please meet my wife Maya. Kung ang twins at yun mga panganay ang stars namin, eto naman si Maya is my Sunshine who never fails to make my day bright kahit gaano pa kagloomy ito.” He said proudly which earned a malambing na kurot from Maya. Siyempre kilig na kilig ang Maya, her slight jealousy forgotten.
“Awww ang cheesy ni Richard…” All the mommies were kilig.
“Hi Maya. Welcome dito sa bonding area ng babies natin.”
Each one of the mommies gave Maya a beso which she graciously received. She’s beginning to like the mommies na.
“Hay salamat naman at si Maya ang nandito ngayon. Richard makikilala na namin sa wakas ang favorite topic mo sa mga kwentuhan natin.” One mommy said.
“Yes and at last we have someone na for sure fun makausap. Kasi etong si Richard tipid magsalita kapag hindi ang wife or kids nya ang topic.”
“Ay hindi naman.” Defensive si Ricky.
“Oo kaya! That’s the reason why we’re all excited to meet her.” Another mommy said.
“O sige na Mr. Lim. Leave mo na si Maya and the twins here. We will have our mommy talk.”
“What? Papaalisin nyo ako? No!” He complained but after the mommies pangungulit, he relented and instead played with the twins.
That night sa bedroom.
“Alam mo Sweetheart ambabait ng mga mommies sa park.” Maya commented as she was cuddled by Ricky. They were about to sleep.
“Tapos sweetheart nakakatuwa pa silang kausap. Ang dami nilang kuwento.”
“Eh kagabi lang halos galit ka sa kanila. Then now all praises ka.”
“Sino naman ang hindi magagalit lalo na at si Sunshine ang nagkwento kung paano ka tratuhin ng mga mommies. Syempre di ko naman sila kilala pa.”
“Eh now that kilala mo na?”
“Gusto ko na silang maging kaibigan sweetheart.”
“What about me? Pwede ko rin ba silang maging kaibigan?” Ricky was teasing her.
“Hmmmm… pagiisipan ko muna. Ayoko kayang ishare ang napakabango, napakakisig at napakagwapong asawa ko.” She even made gigil sa arms ni Ricky.
Enjoy naman siyempre si Ricky. “Makikipagkaibigan lang naman, di mo naman ako ishashare.” He countered.
“Ah basta akin ka lang,” Maya was just actually teasing him, “at walang pwedeng magenjoy na tingnan ka or pisilin tong arms mo or panggigilan tong dimples mo…” Maya was already tickling Ricky.
“Sweetheart stop it. Ang kulit mo.”
“Wag ka ngang magreklamo Ricky. Your Sunshine would want to make you very happy tonight.” Then she naughtily winked at the excited at napalunok na lang na Ricky.
A/N Ano ang ginawa? Ano pa eh di nagusap. Madaldal si Maya di ba? Kayo talaga.