My Mom, she has the most generous spirit. She has the biggest, most forgiving heart.
She's witty and funny. She's the strongest woman I know.
She has survived so many difficulties ever so gracefully.
And I am proud to be called her daughter.
Happy Mother's Day, Mommy! ♥
One of the things I am very grateful about is that Mom never left us to search for what they call a 'better' life. She was a single parent, very smart and intelligent, and she had opportunities to work abroad. But she opted to stay with us. I think she realized that it would be too much for our little hearts to handle to lose both parents.
We grew up not having much. We didn't have the latest sneakers or expensive clothes, but we had Mom. And that was more than enough. She was around to guide us and comfort us. She encouraged us to study well and supported all our dreams. She was there at every commencement exercise, at every musical play, at every PTA meeting, at every art/dance class, at every happy moment, at every birthday, at every heartbreak, at every success.
In hindsight, even if we were poor, we didn't feel deprived. We had a mother who was quick to hug, kiss, comfort, encourage, and love without question or condition.
What she did (choosing not to leave us) made me who I am today -- someone who values NOT what is fleeting, but values that which are lasting, enduring, eternal.
Our studio family portrait taken by the amazing (and famous) Benjie Ordonez some years ago. Sadly, he passed away suddenly (weeks after Ondoy). We looked kinda bulingit here because we just had dinner at a roadside barbeque stand while D was having a shoot with Benjie. When we arrived back at the studio to check on D, Benjie offered to take our family portrait. It was such an honor.
I am very grateful for the kind of family I have. We're not perfect (who is, anyway), but we are bound by genuine love and loyalty for each other.