Thursday, April 17, 2008

Gift of Honor

Today is Mommy's birthday.

What a fitting tribute to her as I received a performance award at work today.
I was given a superior team achievement recognition with the highest possible rating.
I was recognized for not only exceeding my goals last year but more importantly,
I was part of the President's pool.

Mommy, as you have always expected of your children, I am indeed, the "best of the best".

I wouldn't have achieved this if it weren't for you, you have shaped me into who I am today. I love you Mommy, happy happy birthday!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

My Mom

Nena to her siblings and cousins...
Nens to her closest friends...
Tita Nens to her nephews and nieces...
Ka Nena to her ka- Ala- eh ...
Mrs. Garrido to her students...
Mother to her business associates...

Lola Mommy to her grandchildren...

That was my Mom. Endeared by many...
Magdalena or Nena, that was her real name, to her family she revealed her true being, strong and responsible.
Nens, always sweet and thoughtful to her closest friends, she was there for them, through thick and thin, through the best and worst of times.

Tita Nens, she was like a second mother to the rest of the family. Someone you can turn to at times when there is just no one else.
Ka Nena, she treated her childhood friends who she grew up in the province like her very own sisters. She would always go back to her hometown even just to share a little bit of the comforts she has and more. She continued to give back to the community in more ways than one.
Mrs. Garrido, she was recognized by her students as a true mentor. She inspired them to achieve their best and through time remained to be their friend even after most of them had their own families.
Mother, anywhere she went, she'd establish relationships that go even beyond business. Her business colleagues deferred to her for advise even for their personal lives. Indeed, she was a mother to all.

I know though that what Mommy cherished most of all was being called Lola Mommy.

We remember you Mommy on your birthday! To everyone whose lives my Mom touched, I hope that you will continue to live the legacy she left you and that in knowing her made a difference in your life.

More from my budding poet

Daddy was with our budding poet on their way to school when she sees a flock of birds ....

"Pigeons are gray, Pigeons are gray
Pigeons are loving and gray.

Pigeons are gray, Pigeons are gray

If someone doesn't love pigeons,
the pigeons go away! That's my Mommy!"

Of course, my daughter knows Mommy so well.... Mommy doesn't like dogs, cats and most of all, birds!

My Budding Poet

My youngest daughter is thrilled whenever she comes up with words that turn out to rhyme with each other. "The sun is shining bright, there's so much light!" then she'll say, "Mommy, bright and light rhyme!" Another time she said, "Hurry up Ate (big sister), I don't want to be late! We need to go to our playdate!" With big eyes, she says, "Mommy, late and date rhyme!"

This morning she came out of the shower and exclaimed (with arms flying in the air),

"A world filled with candies,
A world filled with sweets,
A world filled with popsicles,
A world filled with candy bars....
I am the Queen of the candy castle!"

Daddy and Ate were in the bathroom with her and they were laughing their hearts out!!!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Remembering Mommy on Her Birthday

April 17 is Mommy's birthday. All these years, we've looked forward to this day to honor her and thank her for everything she does for us. When I was younger, my brother and I would look forward to this day because we know she will cook OUR favorite dishes, she'll cook so much to last until dinner time for sure! She'll cook my favorite spaghetti, my brother's favorite apritada, and my dad's favorite mechado (cooked in her own unique way). Of course, there will be some fish and salad also to complete the meal. Her best friend would come early in the morning so that they can spend their breakfast together over their favorite cup of Batangas coffee. All through the day, her co-teachers would come to spend the day with her, her brothers, sisters, and our other relatives with their families would come too to greet her and just pay tribute to her just because she's been a supporter of theirs throughout the year. Her business colleagues would call or even come to spend even a little time to be with her. That's just how she was, she's affected so many people around her that they take this opportunity to say thank you and just make her day as happy as can be.

When I got older and started having a job, I'd look forward to this day so that I can take Mommy out to lunch or dinner to a place of her choice. Usually, she'll still end up asking us where we want to go as we know all the "new" places in town. Even when I eventually moved to the States and had a family of my own, we looked forward to this day to send her flowers or goodies and she'll be so excited to receive and open. I know that the biggest gift I could've probably given her anyway were her grandchildren, so more recently I created albums with their pictures and activities all through the year. She loved receiving those, I know.

When Mommy passed on to a more serene life.... I was unsure of what to feel when her birthdate comes.... now that it's only a few days before that, I just would like to think of the little things that I would have shared with her if she were here with us. I know she'll be happy to know that my brother will spend a few days with us once more on vacation. I know that she, more than anyone else would be so proud because my brother continues to succeed in his career. He recently just got a promotion and is on his way to an all-expense paid company trip to Canada. Mommy would be so proud to learn that my youngest daughter who is only 4, is now reading and is impressing her teachers in school, just because she is such a fast learner. Oh, and my youngest, she takes on her grandma in all her priorities; cleanliness, structure, and beauty. Oh yes!
Mommy I'm sure is so proud of her eldest apo (grandchild) too, in all her achievements in school at her very young age, her singing, her quick thinking, and her sweetness all together. Lola Mommy would be so proud. Now all of these, I offer to you Mommy. As you look down upon us from the heavens, we greet you happy birthday! Lastly,we know you're happy there now knowing that Daddy is spending the best of his days with his grandchildren in the manner that you would've wanted to yourself. Happy birthday Mommy!