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I greeted and kissed Mom when she woke up. She asked: Ano bang araw ngayon?

I said: Byernes.

She answered: Byernes na ba? Akala ko Huwebes ngayon. Birthday ko na pala. Ilang taon na ba ako ngayon?

I told her: 89 na kayo Mom.

She can’t believe it.

HAPPY 89TH BIRTHDAY MOM. We will celebrate tomorrow when the kids are around.

Our  early morning conversation went like this.When I greeted her,  she asked me what day it is so I said Friday. She thought it was still  Thursday. Her confusion with the day was followed by the question how old she is today so I told her she is 89 years old. She smiled.

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I am presently reading a book about bee keeping and beehives. Bees come our of their hives during the warm season and they hibernate  during the cold.  The only book I read about bees before is Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Lives of Bees. 

Back in the province when  my brothers and I were  in grade school, we would always look for bee hives among trees in our yard. We were afraid though to disturb it. The sting of a bee is painful. One other thing that reminds me of childhood are the insects we locally call salagubang (beetle in English).  After the rain, we would carry a long pole of bamboo and look for salagubang in mango trees nearby. You just have to shake the branches of the mango trees then the beetles will fall. We would play with them by tying a piece of string on their legs and let them buzz  We would be lucky if we catch the Ilang-ilang  or salaginto which is the green beetle,  and shiny too.

Those were the days I remember until now.  We are four kids in the family and I am the only girl. What I  further recall were playing marbles with my brothers. We each had jars of marble in various colors.  Our old house when we were young had several   bintana (windows)  and each was equipped  with  barandilla (balustrades) where mom used to put potted plants.  They were like the steel bars you still see in  older houses now. We had three windows in our bedroom  and during rainy season, we  would occupy each and would make different shapes out of clay and let them dry when the sun comes out. I would always make a  cooking pot with a clay stove  and flowers while my brothers would make animals  of different kinds.

Gosh, remembering the childhood years – no television, no expensive gadgets to speak of  but we were happy.  Blowing bubbles with our bubblegum loot which Mom would buy for us when she goes  to the market  and we’ll have five  each of bubble gum  candies. We would make them  last for a week until the next market day.

 

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I want to share with you this lovely and touching story. Sometimes all we want are material things. Sometimes all we think is the value of the gift. Sometimes we are just disappointed when we don’t get what we want.  True or not, this gives us lessons. Regrets come later when you could no longer undo the past.

This is from an anonymous author. Whoever you are, thank you so much for this nice read.  It made me pause to reflect somehow.

A married lady was expecting a birthday gift from her husband. For

many months she had admired a beautiful diamond ring in a showroom

and, knowing her husband could afford it, she told him that was all

she wanted.

As her birthday approached, she waited for signs that her husband had

purchased the diamond ring.

Finally, on the morning of her birthday, her husband called her into

his study. He told her how proud he was to have such a good wife, and

told her how much he loved her. He handed her a beautifully wrapped

gift box.

Curious, the wife opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound

Bible, with her name embossed in gold. Angrily, she raised her voice

to her husband and said, ‘With all your money, you give me a Bible?’

And she stormed out of the house, leaving her husband.

Many years passed and the lady became very successful in business. She

managed to acquire a more beautiful house and had a wonderful family.

But then. she realized her ex-husband must be very old, and thought

perhaps she should visit him. She had not seen him for many years.

Before she could make arrangements, she received a telegram telling

her that her ex-husband had passed away, and willed all of his

possessions to her. She needed to come back immediately and take care

of things.

When she arrived at her ex-husband’s house, sudden sadness and regret

filled her heart. She began to search through her ex-husband’s

important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as she had left it

years before.

With tears, she opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. Her

ex-husband had carefully underlined a verse, Matt 7:11, ‘And if you,

being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much

more shall your Heavenly Father, who is in heaven, give what is good

to those who ask Him?’

As she read those words, a tiny package dropped from the back of the

Bible. It had a diamond ring, with her name engraved on it — the same

diamond ring which she had seen at the showroom. On the tag was the

date of her birth, and the words, ‘LUV U ALWAYS’.

 

How many times do we miss God’s blessings, because they are not

packaged as we expected?

 

Do not spoil what you have, by desiring what you have not; but

remember that what you now have was once among the things you only

hoped for.

 

IF YOUR GIFT IS NOT PACKAGED THE WAY YOU WANT IT,

IT’S BECAUSE IT IS BETTER PACKAGED THE WAY IT IS.

 

ALWAYS APPRECIATE LITTLE THINGS;

THEY USUALLY LEAD YOU TO BIGGER & BETTER THINGS.

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So now it is officially summer here. The official weather bureau PAGASA announced the termination of the northeast monsoon on Tuesday, April 10, which means the start of summer in the country. But it rained yesterday afternoon, good enough to wet the garden plants and the ground. It was just less than thirty minutes though.

PAGASA Administrator Vicente Malano said that “These changes in the weather system with  accompanying shift of wind pattern from northeasterly to easterly signify the termination of the northeast monsoon,” This  would bring warmer and drier weather.  Summer here  is so hot in some areas of the country.  The month of May usually brings thunderstorms in the afternoon while  in June,  the season starts.  I’d rather have the summer weather than the rainy season. I had a phobia with floods and  heavy rainfall.  The best months of the year starts from November to February of the  following year. March is a tug between hot days and summer rains.

I found this lovely meme from one of my shout outs a few years ago. One of my favorite pastimes, finding books to read and participating in Goodreads’ reading challenge every year. 

It is really nice to discover new authors and new books. Slowly travelling the world in books – different places, different settings, unheard of sites which you only encounter in books.

Summer is that one particular season when you don’t want to go out much because of the heat outside. You would rather stay in one corner of the house and catch up on reading.  And you know you have read a good book when you turn the last page and you wish for more.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is one of my favorite books.  Here’s one quote  that I copied from it: “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.” 

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It was one of those things that you sometimes enjoy while browsing at Facebook. There is this site called en.nametest.com  which somehow has become a favorite of  some of my friends at Facebook. I tried it but instead of posting the result at Facebook, I copied the pictures. It asked something like “what are your outstanding moments?” The result was based on the Facebook photos of course. It’s kind of weird sometimes that you get to see photos aside from where they were published.

And  it  includes  my solo pic at Caleruega, Nate’s grad pic in Nursery. Pope Francis pic during his visit to UST,  Nissa and me at a wedding of my niece, my first ID picture when I reached 60 and had it in readiness for other issued IDs.  This is only the second time I tried this site. My Facebook wall is for friends only but one can’t really avoid seeing those pics in other sites or on Google. Once you post something in cyberspace, it becomes public.

I tried checking my name through Google and most of those photos that I posted  here at WordPress are also there.  When you are using social media, expect something like this. It is the downside of this technology called the internet. One thing I like though is I don’t need  to have our photos printed, I just copy them to my hard drive and may be print some when needed.

(Oops, by the way the Tagalog word “daw”  in the title simply means “it is said” or something to that effect).

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There is no official declaration yet from PAGASA if the dry season has already started but seeing how the sun shows its face every day and brings that humid weather  specially at noon, it seems like it is summer now.  I  stepped out for a while at around 7 am and the sun was hot on my back.

Goodreads  says I am done with my 46th book. It’s called Protect and Defend by Richard North Patterson. It’s been a while since I read a legal/political thriller and it’s been  years since I read a book by Richard North Patterson.  Back in 2012, I read  The Final Judgment. 

What is legal? What is right? Protect and Defend tells a story of a fifteen-year old girl who got pregnant and the fetus was hydrocephalic.  What follows are courtroom scenes  whether  to abort the baby or not.  She wants a partial birth abortion but the parents are  opposed  to it.   The girl’s lawyer was a former clerk of a judge who is chosen by the president of the US to be the next Chief Justice.  Senators are at odds with each other, Some oppose her nomination while the rest are in favor of it. Though it is a work of fiction, you can just imagine how each one feels when the girl files a case in court against her parents and the President will do all means to have the  chief justice chosen. Into the mix is the life of the nominated  chief justice and the lives of the political allies and foes

I don’t know much about US politics from where this story was drawn but looking into  what we are having here in our country,  there must be something similar. Corruption is everywhere,  the president is quite relentless on his war on drug but they never get to jail drug lords.  They even set free those big-time drug lords  a month ago. They set free a plunderer and has become a state witness.  How’s that again? Are we going to the dogs?  They are not even focused on our  declining economy.

The rice reserve of the National Food Authority (NFA) is now completely gone. It’s the first time since 1972 that subsidized rice  had run out. Compared to commercial rice, NFA rice is cheaper. It is what the poor in our country consumes.  Since rice is the staple in  the Filipinos’  daily meals,  this is a big problem.

Oh, the controversial  justice secretary has resigned and the president accepted it. I just wonder, will he be given another post or will he run for Senator next election? The nerve of this guy,  his performance sucked.

Such is politics here in our country. it totally, totally sucks.  There is really something wrong with the elected officials as well as the appointed ones.

 

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So you think letting go is easy?

How come you cling to the one last chance

One last glance, one last hello before the

final goodbye?

It hurts –

But time heals

The unpleasant memories

May rear their ugly heads once in a while

But you will learn to cope,

Bid yesterday a sad goodbye.

You will laugh at your own mistakes

And smile despite the tears

But soon you’ll know

You have learned to let go

At last!

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