My daughter will be celebrating her 11th birthday this coming Nov 26. Ang anak ko ay magdadalaga na. Parang kailan lang yon na akay-akay ko pa siya papuntang Kindergarten. A tough little girl who always comforted me when I was sad. Who nursed me when I was so sick. She was only 4 years old noong ako ay nagkasakit. Pero talo niya pa ang kuya niya the way she cared for me. Ginawan niya ako ng tee, then she kept on asking me if I want something or if there’s anythingelse she can do for me. She even stayed for awhile in our bedroom, and sometime later when I was fast asleep. Sinabi niya sa akin na “Mama, I’m going to the livingroom watch t.v…just call me if you need me.” The girl was surely worrying dahil madalas siyang pumapasok sa kuwarto para ako tingnan. I was half sleeping and half awake kaya ko alam, lalo na kapag hinihipo niya ang aking pisngi. I was so touched and couldn’t help myself from crying. Siguro kasama na rin doon ang self-pity dahil pakiramdam ko, parang lulubog na ang mundo and there was no rescue in sight.
Kasama ko ang mga bata sa lahat ng hirap na dinaanan ko noon. My mind and attention was devided in many parts at that time, but they were my top priority. Gusto kong iparamdam at ipakita sa kanila kong gaano ko sila ka mahal, na kaya ko silang buhayin at mabigyan ng magandang upbringing at kinabukasan kahit wala ang ama nila. Alam na alam kong mahirap na sitwasyon yon para sa mga bata, lalo na kay KC dahil napakabata niya pa para ito maintindihan. Laging laman ng isip ko noon kong ano ang maging epekto nito sa kanilang development.
Siguro dulot sa mga pangyayari sa aming buhay, naging mas matatag at magkalapit kaming mag-ina. It could have turn the other way, luckily hindi nagkatutuo ang aking ikinakatakot. My eldest is now living on his own and KC turns out to be an intelligent and talented girl. Matulungin na bata at maalalahanin. She is a great help to me when it comes to taking care of her little brother while I am busy with somethingelse. I am very proud of her and I am thankful to God for giving me a daughter like her.