Their latest picture together. If you know my mom paparazzi tendencies, you’d know this was a first. It has been rare that they can be caught on camera together because 1) they only get together during weekends 2) they don’t like to be photographed anymore and 3) most of the time, they’d rather be pictured with Jolie.
You see subtle signs here and there.
Pre-Jolie, Martha was terrible. (Jolie is her baby cousin who has been staying with us for a month already.) She would come home from school and after thirty minutes, cry. I ask her why and she’d wail, “Wala ako magawa!” in a pitiful voice. Or worse, she’d say, “Di na ako masaya. Wala ako kasama.” (like I am not counted as “kasama”). This led me to make sure that I am finished with work the moment she arrives at home. But this was a challenge since I still have house chores to do.
Random conversations go like this:
“Alam mo Ma, ayaw ko na sa (enter school here). Pwede naman ako aral sa Manila eh. Para sama sama na tyo ni Kuya.”
“Ma, pag grade eight na si Kuya sa dorm pa rin sya?” (When I say yes) “Pati grade 9, 10, 11 and 12? Hala! Ang tagal pala.”
“Ma, parang namimiss ko si Kuya.”
It’s not that she is mopey and sulky. She just randomly inserts those lines during conversations. It goes to show that she really misses the Kuya. There were weekends when Mato would be home and she would be at my parents’, but one Saturday she changed her mind and decided to be with us at home. She said, “Kasi mamimiss ko si Kuya eh. Happy family tyo.” (Melt my heart, will you?) Imagine how frustrating it is for me to hear her Kuya brush her aside (Martha, tumigil ka na nga…Martha, alis ka sa kwarto ko. Alis!). I attribute it to tweener hormones and a lot of stress brought by school projects. He has a lot on his plate lately.
Two days ago, we were watching Harry Potter on TV when Martha said, “Ma, ayaw ko na yan panuorin. Naalala ko si Kuya. Nasasad ako.”
And last night, while we were reviewing for her tests today, I saw this:
Kuya matthew is listed as one of his fave friends. And note Starbucks is one of her fave places.
It certainly looks like there are THREE people at home missing the Tuya. Me, Daed and most certainly, little Marts.