When people ask me about my family, most of them would assume that I am a typical Daddy’s girl. Being an only girl and the middle child at that, I wouldn’t blame them if they would immediately conclude that I get some sort of special treatment especially from my father. I would love to be a Daddy’s girl, the princess of our household, but it wasn’t the case with us. And I’m OK with that.
You see, my father was an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker). He decided to work abroad because he felt that it was the only way that he’ll be able to provide a comfortable life for his family. He grew up in a big family, with six other siblings (all of whom are boys) and at times, they can barely make ends meet. I guess this was one of the factors why he decided to work abroad. He willingly took on the sacrifice of being away from us for long periods of time because this will mean that he will be able to provide us with all our needs, make sure that we get into good schools and help his parents and brothers as well.
He would be away for two, three years straight and then come home for a few weeks vacation. We were already in high school when he decided to quit working abroad. The time he spent away from us was one of the reasons why we didn’t really have the time to build a really close relationship with him. Although we communicate with him regularly, we would write him letters and send him voice recordings (no FB or Skype at the time and long distance calls cost a lot), there are still times when we would feel awkward when he’s home, not knowing how to act around him.
The many years he spent working in a foreign land, being away from us, his family, is a something that we never took for granted. We, his children, never felt bad about the times when he was not able to be with us during the many milestones of our lives (holidays, birthdays, graduation, and even simple celebrations). We knew that it is part of the sacrifice that we all have to make. But even though he was away most of time, he never failed to show us just how much he loves us. For all the love he has shown us, for all the life lessons and for his sacrifices, he is the perfect Tatay for us and our family’s unsung hero.
Our Tatay passed away last December, five days before Christmas. We miss him terribly and I still think about him everyday. Even if we still get heartbroken because he is no longer with us, we take comfort in the fact that he is with the Lord and that he is finally reunited with our mother, the love of his life.
First term officially ended for our eldest last Monday (which is also the last day of the finals). Tuesday is the start of their sem break; which will last for over two weeks. They only have to return to school next week (just for a day though) to get their grades and then enroll for the second term. Our youngest will have their sem break starting next week. They still have their examinations today up until Wednesday.
They are actually very excited about their school break and they have been talking about what they plan to do. Mostly though, what I’ve been hearing is how they plan to wake up late, watch TV and play video games. My eldest actually said that sem break is when doing fun stuff all day is a must and taking a bath is optional (oh, I hope he’s just kidding!). I just hope I can also get them to clean their room (yes, a mother can still dream, right? …lol). They do have to help with the chores here at home or else they don’t get to watch TV or play with their Xbox.
Seriously though, I’m glad they have their school break because they really deserve it; they have been studying hard and are continually doing well in school. They have also been hinting about searching online for what they wan to receive for Christmas. Our youngest has been very interested in creating videos and editing them ( he has a Youtube channel where he uploads all his videos) so maybe he’ll ask for something that he can use for that. Our eldest is into music, aside from his interest in various sports, so maybe he’ll go for a new guitar or maybe a new basketball jersey. I just hope it would be as expensive as the ones that I’ve been seeing online that are used to produce and create music. Anyway, I’m sure that we’ll find a more affordable option whatever it is that they may decide on.
*Photo source: Stuart Miles of FreeDigitalPhotos.net
As I have mentioned in a previous post, I am currently working on having a stable online work. I am undergoing a seminar which will help me acquire the skills that I need for the kind of work-at-home job that I want. Aside from that, I am also taking some online classes on different computer skills that I know I will need. I am happy to say that I am making progress and that I am really learning a lot. I am working towards creating a daily schedule that will allow me to have the time to do the things that I need to do each day and make measurable progress each day.
But since it’s the weekend, I plan to take some time off so that I can spend some time with the family (they are actually looking forward to a movie marathon this weekend). I hope to be able to squeeze in some time for some reading since I still have a number of books (novels, personal development, marketing books, etc.) that I want to read. I may be able to go online at night to check my emails (and of course, facebook, heheh) and do some surfing since I want to browse some shopping sites and look for holiday gifts ideas. Speaking of which, I’ve seen some mothers rings online and they look like the perfect gift for the holidays. They have a wide variety of designs that I’m sure moms like me would love. Anyway, the holidays is still months away which means there is still enough time to pick the right gifts and of course, to save.
Have a great weekend!