I miss my “apo” so much that I decided to have some hard copies of his studio portraits which Nissa sent me yesterday. So right after doing our monthly groceries, off I went to Picture City bringing my external hard drive along. I have all of the 25 shots printed with three pictures enlarged. Had to kill time for at least an hour before they were ready so I visited one of my favorite jaunts, Booksale. And what a lovely surprise to see another copy of the beloved classic A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. I was in college when got acquainted with Francie Nolan, the main character in the story. A few years ago, I bought a copy of my own but lost it during typhoon Ondoy. I guess it’s about time to reacquaint myself with this lovely book.
Wow, you can just imagine my excitement when I saw the pictures and decided right there and then to find frames for the three enlarged ones and two small shots of Nate, the Little Genius sitting besides two encyclopedia while holding a pair of eyeglasses. One of the sales clerks at Robinson’s’ Store helped me find frames and mount the pictures. Had a good laugh when he said, “his face is familiar, is he a model ma’am?” “I’ve been here before”, I said, “when I bought a picture frame a few months ago and you assisted me”. He smiled. Sometimes, I do enjoy conversing with sales clerks and cashiers while waiting for my turn to be served. And of course, I was elated that they find the pictures of Nate lovely. His face now occupies a major portion of our shelves where I display family pics. That’s how proud Nonna is. How can a little tyke brings so much joy and lots of smiles?