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Bye for Now, Mom
May to September, Ontario, Virginia, DC
Since it is a season for the opening of classes, let's have a short quiz:
Question: What do summer, migratory birds and Mom have in common?
Answer : They all left this week.
Multiple Choice: Check the correct answer,
With Mom going back to the Philippines - NO MORE:
Perfect Score, if you checked all boxes
Prayer Companion for Weekday Mass
Lunch Pabaon for Mitzi
Kausap at home during work hours
Travelmate na madaling hatakin
Garden designer and caretaker
Spiritual Adviser not just for us, but for a lot of us
Human PDA reminding us the younger ones of our appointments
Shopping Partner for Girlie-girlie things
Well-Pressed clothes; good thing we have to wear jackets soon
Co-Fan for the Toronto Blue Jays
and many many more
Mitzi and I, early this morning were humming an all-familiar tune, "Just the Two of Us". She kept on humming, faded and then remained silent. Knowing that we didn't have to say anything, we just stared at each other, continued to keep our silence and then continued walking.
We were coming home after seeing Mom at Pearson Airport.
I arrived home after breakfast with Mitzi and dropping her off their Mississauga office, to find the house empty. I can't say my usual line, "Mom, andito na ako" - (although I can, but it will be weird of course since no one will answer back from the garden or from the basement)....
Oh well, those 115 days (almost a third of the year) spent with mom were like our 3-months in Switzerland...very fulfilling, seeing her here despite the change in plans, and the distance from dad (in fact, if not for their wedding anniversary - which is today and Dad's birthday on Wednesday - she might still be here, come to think of it) - she selflessly agreed to join us.
The plan was perfect since I was gone for 1 week to LA and then spent another 4 weeks in Manila. So the mom-and-daughter team bonded well together. Mom even bonded with most of our friends here, and were the ones who were calling up the whole day yesterday to say their well-wishes.
So I can't complain much, I'm sure the feeling of loneliness is felt much more on my wife's end.
Oh well...I just hope and pray that there will be more times spent with all our lovedones...Have a safe trip, Mom...bring Dad next time!
Dang, the distance...
Let me end this week and this entry with an all-too familiar Bible verse - Ecclesiastes 3:1-10
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
Tis is a time to let go and move on...
Mom's favorite tenor, also left us this week. Sing "Panis Angelicus" or "Nessun Dormo" for us, Mr. Pavarotti, - one last time - in heaven!
Hopiang di mabili....may amag sa tabi (sing with me)