Of all the questions I’ve been asked, eto na yata yung pinakamahirap; “How do you thank the person who has had the biggest impact on your life? “
It’s been almost 40 years since you made the biggest gamble in the world—when you decided to give up your life and become a mother.
There is an old proverb that says: “every woman who gives birth has one foot on her grave,” and wala siguro kaming tatlo if you weren’t brave enough to take on the ordeal and risked your life three times to bring us into this world.
But birth was just the first of many times you gave me life.
My earliest memory of you was that you were the best cook in the world (you still are until now!). You didn’t use recipes or read cook books but everything that came out of the kitchen was always a culinary masterpiece—even if its just fried egg, hotdog or porkchop, I would never trade it for the most expensive ones that I’ve tried —dahil wala na nga yatang mas sasarap pa sa seasoning ng pagmamahal mo.
Yung tanong na “Para kanino ka bumabangon tuwing umaga?” Isa lang ang sagot ko—ikaw. Dahil excited ako na malaman kung ano naman ang lulutuin mo para sa amin. Kaya nga siguro ako lumaki ng ganito.
I was three or four, nung nahulog ako sa hagdan natin, wala na siguro ako ngayon if you didn’t have the reflexes to catch me in your arms and saved me from hitting the floor. Kung tumama siguro ang ulo ko nun, baka hindi ako ang nagsusulat nito ngayon.
From kinder to highschool and even first year in college, you accompanied us to school every single day, even if sometimes may sakit ka. I couldn’t remember a time na hindi mo inasikaso ang uniform or baon namin. You were present in all my school activities, hindi lang sa PTA meetings or kuhanan ng report cards, pati sa first communion, scout investiture, and even sa school contests na sinasalihan ko (kinaibigan mo na nga yng guard para makapasok ka 🙂 you were always there to support me, to give me confidence, to reassure me na kaya ko. Defending me during those times I lost and protesting the results kapag di ako ang nakakuha ng gold medal. If it hadn’t been for your belief that I was a good speaker and story teller, hindi din ako siguro writer ngayon.
When I first had a crush and I showed you her picture, di ko malimutan yng mukha mo. Hindi ko alam if masaya ka dahil finally may liligawan na ako, or natatakot ka dahil hindi na lang ikaw ang babaeng mahal ko.
Pero ikaw pa ang nagturo sa akin paano manligaw. Everytime na may occasion ikaw ang kasama kong mamili ng mga regalo ko sa kanya. Ikaw din ang nagfifinance ng mga date namin. When she went to the US, pinalakas mo ang loob ko na long distance releationships could work at ikaw ang abogado ko kapag malaki ang phone bill natin dahil sa long distance calls.
But when things didn’t work out at nagbreak kami, alam kong nasaktan ka din dahil mas close pa kayong dalawa. Ilang buwan din yata bago ako makarecover, and you were there nung depressed ako, nakikinig kahit para na akong sirang plaka. Dun ko narealize na tama pala sila “The best place to cry is on a mother’s arms.”
When I started working, the first years were really miserable. I admit I was kinda lost.—I was really lost and I didn’t know what to do with myself. Nung nagwork ako sa Makati as “forex” trader, na scam pala, nung naging PA ako at sinusundo ninyo ako ng 2am dahil galing ako sa supposed “meeting” when in truth utusan ako at taga bili ng pagkain ng staff ng isang show na hindi naman natuloy. Kahit napuyat lang tayo parepareho at wala naman akong sinahod, never ako nakarinig ng salita from you.
When times were rough for us and all I was earning was minimum wage as an encoder, you never pressured me to help with the expenses. Instead sasabihin mo pa na ienjoy ko lang yung pinagtrabahuan ko.
You know, whenever I fail and during those really bad moments and I was complaining about having nothing, I just look at you, walang sawang nagliligpit ng kalat namin at nagluluto ng masarap na ulam kahit pa ang tataba na namin, dun ko narealize na ako pa din ang pinaka maswerte sa lahat—na I had everything I could ever ask for because I had a mom like you.
Ma I know, you’ve given your entire life for us, and even if you won’t say it, I know you expected a lot more from me. I am sorry if things didn’t turn out the way you wished, na hindi ako kasing yaman and hindi ko kayo maipasyal kung saan saan like the children of your Facebook friends na ikinukwento mo.
Sana makabawi ako sooner than later because I know you deserve better.
Thanks ma. Happy Mothers Day! Eto na lang muna, next year na ang Louis Vuitton. 😀
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