God works in mysterious ways.
he called me one saturday evening – 10:41pm. he sounded so bothered and depressed. he asked me to meet him the following day at cubao as early as i can be.
we picked him up at cubao at around 8am. had breakfast with the kids and went back home.
i cooked lunch and together, we had our first lunch ever. we drank brandy and red wine after. the kids challenged him to play game of the generals, monopoly and uno stacko. they had fun and their laughter was so deafening.
we talked for almost the whole day. he mentioned he never eats during dinner. i fixed him a bowl of vegetable salad to eat. saw him take the bait.
he seemed so tired. after a few minutes, he excused himself and retired for the night.
he is my father. and i havent seen him for years. i grew up without him by my side. he havent seen my first smile nor heard my first word. I havent spent any of my birthdays with him. he wasnt even by my mother’s side when i was born. he havent seen me give birth thrice, too.
he havent spent his entire day with me when i was a kid nor with my boys. now, they play, laugh, eat together, and talk. the boys call him dadi lo.
i had a work commitment thus need to report at the office. as i bid farewell to my loved ones, i saw second son and him sitting by the gate. they seemed to be discussing something. it was such a nice sight i was too timid to take a picture. i might spoil everything.
whatever reason he had for staying with us, i thank God. whatever his reason was for seeking refuge in our humble abode, i am truly thankful. God gave me the chance to be a daughter to a father i hardly know. and the opportunity it gave for my kids and husband to know him is equally wonderful.
i know he will return to his house very soon. but for the meantime, we want him to feel really at ease.
welcome to our life, dadi.
* dadi came sunday morning (march 31). he left thursday morning (april 5) to spent holy week with his other relatives. he promised to be back soon. he asked that i excuse myself from work last monday (april 2) and tuesday (april 3) but i didnt. i promised him though that i will spend my wednesday with him. and forever, i will treasure that wednesday experience with him. and i am positive there will be more wednesdays to come that i will get to spend with him.