Mom was watching an early morning show this morning and I noticed that one of their props is a duly decorated Christmas tree. I smiled and thought “the countdown begins, it’s the start of the BER months, how lovely!”
It’s the longest Christmas celebration ever. Oh yes, I am listening to the Christmas album of Johnny Mathis at the moment (on YouTube of course). Who would not be thrilled at the thought of the most celebrated and most joyous season of the year? It makes me sad though that every time I get to listen to Johnny Mathis’ Christmas album I always think of Dad. It was his favorite and you know Christmas is near when you hear these lovely songs of old. He died one December night almost nine years ago. One of my friends shouted out on her FB wall, “ilabas na si Jose Mari Chan”. Jose Mari Chan is one of our most talented singers. he compose his own songs and he has several Christmas albums that find their way in every home and on radio stations when September is here.
This might be a bit late for September 1 because the last two paragraphs were on draft and I haven’t posted anything here since August 30. Seems as if I need to be reminded that it’s been six days since my last post and a week since posting a longer one. I’ve been busy (same reason as before). The truth is I got so engrossed reading the past days. Gosh, I am happy to tell you that I’ve finished 85 books out of the 100 books I promised myself to read this year and Goodread’s Reading Challenge for 2016 is a nice motivation. 15 more books to go and I’m done.
Know what, I am excited to be called a SC in two months. When you reach the age of sixty, you’ll be proud to wear that senior citizen’s badge proclaiming to the world that you are one. You’ll always be in the priority lane, you get a 20% discount on medicines provided you have a legit prescription from your doctor, you can also enjoy discounts in restaurants, hotels, concerts, movies, air fare, groceries etc. This afternoon, I went to SSS (Social Security System) to get an application form for retirement and to inquire about the other things needed to be submitted. Their branch in our place was full but I was able to talk to one of their employees after an hour of waiting. We had a short chat about my previous employment, how much I’ll gonna get every month for life, what identity papers I need to submit. She said, “I am sure Ma’am Arlene di tayo magkikita sa birthday mo pero right after your birthday dadalaw ka dito”. It simply means that the day after I turned sixty, she’ll see me again. Getting in years gracefully, getting a little wiser with age while ignoring the occasional aches and pains of the advancing years.
Just grateful for everyday blessings! How’s the start of your week?