“Character, like a photograph, develop in darkness.”
– Yousuf Karsh –https://unsplash.com/@chit_lumibao
Conversation with my 8 years old daughter.
Alex : Mom, what if December comes and the virus is still here?
Does it mean we can’t get a christmas gift?
Me : Awwww…
Alex : Ah there’s still a gift!
Me : what?
Alex : Our family
Me : Of course. And even if you don’t have a family there will always be a gift. And you know what is it?
Alex : Our life.
Me : And who gave that?
Alex : GOD.
Walking down the aisle fascinates me
Where it always felt
Like my wedding day
Where I will be dressed in white
With tulips in my hand
Eyes fixed to the man
Waiting at the altar
Serenading by the choir
And the groom was half naked
Hanging on the cross.
To be human is to be active. We moved from one place to another. We explored and discovered new opportunities to make our life worth living.
Then all of a sudden, the world we lived in stops.
Where we were force to follow rules, with a limited movements. Where we have to buy only our basic needs.
I was 29, when I entered the convent to become a nun.
Although my life before that were focus on working during weekdays and hanging out with my family or friends on weekends.
I rarely do charity work nor engaged in a community in our parish. But going to church and attending mass made my day whole.
Dreaming to become a nun was my childhood fantasy.
And no one saw it coming, neither do I.
But fate and divine intervention lead me to the convent.
The first few days in the community, gave me headache and backache. Taking a rest and staying in bed mostly during the day was a new experienced for me.
But as the days go by, the balance and structure life in the community gave me a sense of security and at ease.
There are common time in every activity. For waking up and getting ready before the morning prayer, liturgical mass, breakfast, exercise. Each day has different things to do, like going to the market twice or thrice a week, gardening on the next day, laundry on the third, and so on.
There’s a time for study and playing, too.
The alteration and sharing of work load by every sisters gave me a sense of courage that I can be anything I want to be. –
Like how I needed God most in tuning the first line in “O God come to my assistance”, to signal the start of lauds and vespers, when i”m in-charge in the liturgy than cooking and preparing meals to 7 people for a whole week.
Like how to befriend 5 dogs for getting them to eat their food and chase them to take a bath, because they are also part of the community.
Every order is different, like every family is different from the others.
Living a life in the convent is meeting new friends in different cultures and generations, and making them part of your family. Sharing them with the same purpose gave me a sense of hope in humanity.
Just as Somya Kedia says, “I believe that only humans can save human with humanity. ”
Siya ba yung sinasabi mo?
Siya ba yung umiwan sa’yo?
Oo, alam ko.
Iiwan mo rin sya.
Kagaya ko noon.
a person’s best friend.
Four decades had passed since we became a part of each other’s lives. We never planned it, but it is ONE of the most happiest event anyone can have.
And since our birthdays are just around the corner. I would like to reminisced the things about us.
- She was born on the 22nd while I was born on the 23rd
- We went to the cinema and watched 3 movies consecutively.
- While in college, we bought the same black shoes for school; on the same place and at the same day, separately.
- We both have 3 daughters.
- We can communicate by facial expression.
- We were classmates in grade school, middle school up to college. And we’re still together on our first job.
- We both know that “SPACE” is what we needed when misunderstanding occurs.
- We never argue, we never said “I love you’s” or “I miss you’s”, we never talked about the wrong things we thought we did to each other. We don’t really like DRAMA.
- Every time we meet up, there’s always some similarities in our attire.
Unlike romantic relationship, best friends allow and respect each other to have a new friends.