**I originally titled this Dad and her girls…bwahahaha, thanks to whoever noticed, you didnt to comment anonymously :)*
My dad turned a year older today. A year older, a year wiser, a year given to his life.
My Dad always told us he might never reach 60. Or even 50. Now he is 58 and I know those 8 years were just additional life terms given by the Big Man up there. I am thankful that despite my Dadâ€™s many many health complications we can still go out, do father-daughter things and most of all, he can still enjoy his grandkids
A year ago, he told us that he is now living for his grandkids. I know Matthew and especially Martha give him so much joy and something to look forward to everyday. Especially now that we live so near. It kinda reminds me of this picture taken a year ago:
If you know my Dad, you will never see him smiling or even acting for picture taking. These pictures are priceless to me. And seeing him with Martha makes me see how he was with me when I was a kid.
Many people tell me Iâ€™m my Dadâ€™s favorite :P. Maybe because Iâ€™m such a certified Daddyâ€™s girl. Or maybe because I wanted to follow in his footsteps. Or maybe because we look alike :D. On my 18th birthday, my Dad ended his speech on my celebration by saying, â€œ You were the first (daughter). You will always be the first.â€
I know I broke his heart when I got pregnant at 19. Yet I never heard a word from him of disgust, shame or anger. He didnt even flinch when I told him I didnt want to get married. Him who is head of our religious organization, the very breath of me getting pregnant and NOT wanting to get married would be a scandal to his name. Yet he said, scandals donâ€™t hurt him. He was with me the whole time I was pregnant, he taught me how to cook, he bought me ice cream at 10PM and even taught me how to breastfeed three hours after I gave birth (my Mom was knocked out of worry she didnt sleep the whole time I was in labor. Dad slept through it though).
Yet he was still proud of me. A cousin of mine told me my Dad told her that eventhough I got pregnant unexpectedly he has seen me try na itama ang aking buhay.
I dont know if my Dad remembers this, but I told him once Im going to make him proud of me some day. Im 27 now and feel like Im going nowhere. So my only wish is that my Dad live longer so he can see how his efforts to raise me have borne fruit â€“ I wanna make him proud of what I WILL become soon. I know my time is running short.
Soâ€¦I know my Dad reads my blog ya know
I know Im making tsismis on my blog again but you read naman itâ€™s all about the good things :). I love you and I hope you take care of your health. People still need you. We need you. I know you are tired and ready to go. I once told you you need to wait until I walk down the aisle. Now Im telling you to wait because there is another apo on the way but he or she is not coming anytime soon. Kawawa naman sya walang magiispoil sa kanya. Me apo ka pang darating sa tatlo ko pang kapatid.
Think how many years it can add to your life
Thank you for everything, and for showing me how to be a great parent to my kids. My only hope is that I can impart all the wisdom you have shared with me to my kids, long after you are gone.
I will always be your Piggy Gie
And yes, I can print this and make this my card for you. I dont give you cards anymore do I?
Agatha *(because my Dad likes me real name)*