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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Fruits of Labor

Dear insansapinas,


When people I met asked me how many tsikiting gubats I have, I said I got five. The eldest among them is a daughter of an in-law who I promised to take care before the mother  died of heart attack. In fact there were four daughters  who got to live in my house but there is only one who finished College, a nursing graduate. Others got married when they were still minor. Kinukuha ng ama at tapos hindi na ibabalik. Only two stayed. The other one did not go to College because she had already a fiance at that time she came to my house. The fiance became the husband where I was a ninang in their wedding in absentia. He is very helpful in the maintenance of my house in the Philippines. I also considered her as another daughter.



Last Saturday, the nurse-daughter  came to visit me. She now lives in England with the husband who appreciated how I brought up his wife including my strict rules for suitors for  the girls to which he subscribed to when he was still in the courting stage. Short to calling me bitch because of my pushing them to study hard  they were distant from me. I believed then that it is only the  way I can help the girls instead of giving them doleouts forever or whenever they asked for help.

When she graduated, I did not attend the ceremony. I asked her to invite her father to be the one to attend the graduation ceremony.


When I left for the US, she had just graduated and was looking for a job. I gave her the task of overseeing the household while I labor here in the Land of Milk of Honey.


I told her that I am not expecting her to pay me back for all the expenses in her study but I asked her to pay forward. It was her turn  to help her siblings the moment she got employed. Her father was a no good, drunkard widower who spent the money she received from relatives as gifts for her graduation on a drinking binge with his relatives/barkada. He celebrated the graduation of her daughter. Duh.


The good or bad news depending on which side you hear it from is she brought already her no good father to England where he is receiving welfare. Sarap buhay di ba.


I was happy to see her succeed and helped her family. When she left, she gave some perfume other pasalubongs to my sister.


She did not give me even a single small perfume or a few pieces of that precious Pound sterling as help for my meds and doctors.


Sabi ko, bakit ako palagi ang walang pasalubong o walang regalo even in the important dates of my life from people whose lives I touched. Isa lang yan.


My friend said that my help could be priceless that they could not think of an amount that is enough to pay me back. (may hinala ako sa kaibigan ko na kampi sa kanila).  So hindi nila alam ang halaga ng regalo na ibibigay nila sa akin. Kahit na isang plastic ng dari creme? bwahahah.



Pero gusto ko rin namang maranasang tumanggap ng regalo. Di va. Totoong tao rin ako. Biglang pose ala Kris .



(Singhot). Huwag kayong maniwala sa emo ko. Hindi ko matatalo si Kris pagdating diyan. Youtube nga please.


Pinaysaamerika


10 comments:

biyay said...

when i was younger, i did not appreciate my mom being strict with us. inisip ko, sana yung tita ko na lang ang naging nanay ko kasi cool yun eh. now, naintindihan ko and na-appreciate ko na naging strict si mudra and hindi sya naging cool mom.

sana someday, ma-appreciate din ng mga taong tinulungan mo ang mga ginawa mo apra sa kanila. kahit di nila appreciated yung pagiging strikto mo, at least, ma-appreciate at maging thankful sila sa naging tulong mo sa kanila

cathy said...

biyay,
natanggap ko na yata na talagang taken for granted pag ikaw ang nagoofer kaysa yong sila ang humihingi ng tulong.

anyway, hindi ko naman kinukwenta, sinasabi ko lang ang aking sentimyento de asukal kasi diabetic ako eh.

Jobert said...

oist... huwag kang mabahala. Hindi man kita nakilala ng lubusan, alam ko na mabait ang kalooban mo.
Ika nga ni Jack Nicholson sa As Good As It Gets, " I might be the only person on the face of the earth that knows you're the greatest woman on earth. I might be the only one who appreciates how amazing you are in every single thing that you do, and how you are with Spencer, "Spence," and in every single thought that you have, and how you say what you mean, and how you almost always mean something that's all about being straight and good. I think most people miss that about you, and I watch them, wondering how they can watch you bring their food, and clear their tables and never get that they just met the greatest woman alive. And the fact that I get it makes me feel good, about me..."
Mahaba yan pero tingin ko, akmang akma sa yo yan.
Mabuhay ka Ca T! hehehehe
Nga pala, Belated Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas at Happy New Year. Tagal ko nang hindi nagparamdam.

Twilight Zone said...

tsk, hay naku mam,ganyang ganyan yung lola ko, yung mga ampon nya lahat nakarating ng canada pero wala ng sumulat manlang sa kanya at nakaalala,at nung mamatay sya e wala lang.
sabi nagluksa daw sila sa canada (ek ek).

cathy said...

naku jobert, long time no hear. salamat sa testimonial. baka matalo ko si marlene. ehek

cathy said...

lee,
sa katagalan, hindi ko na inaasahan ang mga yan. at never naman akong umasa sa kanila. ako pa nga rin ang nagbibigay pag may kailangan.

pero sabi nga ng dati kong boss, nakatala sa mga tala . parang gusto kong gayahin si lee pag sinasabi niya na pakiss nga kaya lang baka sampalin ako ng asawa. kasama rin niya. hehehe

Lee said...

bwahahahahaha panalo toh, winner mam cat hahahaha.
anu nga panama ng testimonial kay marlene sa testimonial ni sir jobert?
sir jobert, magalit na magagalit pero nagmana ako kay kris eh...
lab na kita sir jobert... ice loves yours... pakiss nga po sir!

ayan mam,dika pwede magkiss kaya ako nalang nyahaha.

cathy said...

lee,
dapat din ang magpublish ako ng libro at magpretrato ng semi-nude.

baka balibagin ako ng mga nagbabasa. bwahaha

Lee said...

hahahahaha magpa kodak ka rin mam ng naka pulupot yung binti mo sa leeg mo o kaya yung yung dalwang paa mo nasa ibabaw ng ulo,tapos my book ka rin ng my kodak mo na semi nude...
puro binti lang ang nakalabas na nude para dina dumaan sa MTRCB.
tapos magpapatattoo karin
sa talampakan,
tapos saka kami magpopost ng testimonial na maglalaglagan ang kilay ni marlene pag nabasa nya... talo testimonial nya.

cathy said...

lee,

nakita ko sa cirque de soliel yan kanina. wala kasi akong magamit na pc kaya pinagtiyagaan ko ang dvd player ko na kasinlaki lang ng aking notebook.

contortioninst. ganoon din sa kaniya. hehehe