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Lola Meding - We Love You!
Cebu City, Philippines
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all she's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her only that she is gone,
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what she'd want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”
She was always an early-riser. I remember that vividly, as every half-past five in the morning, she would be up to prepare for the day by starting with her morning prayers and immediately proceeding to her lovely garden.
I was lucky to have had spent my formative years with Lola Meding. Having her at home and augmenting the discipline we get from our parents was one of the best memories of my pre-teen years. The practice of being at home by 6pm whether I was in the middle of a basketball game or a good book was taught by Lola. We had to pray the Angelus and be prepared for dinner. She was so beautiful with her half-Spaniard blood showing and all the more punctuated by her aquiline nose. Something I’m pretty sure I took after her.
Today, January 20, at 5:27am, at a full-life age of 93 years, after complications and being bed-ridden for the last couple of months, she joined our Creator. She wasn't up on her usual 5:30 am mornings, but instead woke up in a blissful state in heaven.
Instead of tending to her garden here on earth, I'm sure she has started her own garden patch in heaven.
We will miss you ‘La!