November 1st

Posted: October 31, 2015 in My World in 4D

I lay awake today so in the wee hours of the morning, we can go and visit my dad in the cemetery.

Way back in 1991, we had a weekly visit to his grave. We paid no heed to the traffic, the heat, the burdensome bus ride. The focus was just being with my dad. Mt. Pinatubo erupted and the entire Metro Manila was shrouded with dust for weeks on end. You cannot venture out without having to be fully covered by cloth, otherwise you’d suffocate from the nonstop barrage of sandlike particulates. Unfazed we went still, a good whole year of weekly visits. We missed him dearly.

As the days progressed that turned to months, we found ourselves going there every month then every other to finally just visit during his birthday, his death anniversary and days like today when the entire nation commemorates their dear departed. I used to carry the steel rods that prompt up a makeshift tent, walking the entire length of then Holy Cross (now Manila Memorial) towards the entrance where jeepneys bound for Nova bayan were. Then we bought a camping tent suited for three people. We would often stay the night until late afternoon the next day.

Moving forward today, a decade or so later, the traffic proved to be too much for a 30 minutes visit to my dearest, forever missed dad. Having to endure more than 3 hours in horrible EDSA traffic is not practical. My brother kidded bat di na lang kaya ikaw ang dumalaw dad?

Sans the humor though, we do want to make sure dad will not feel alone today. We have foregone sleep for the moment to be with and say a quiet prayer for this man we so love, we so respect and deeply missed.


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