“Even when I walk through a dark valley, I fear no harm for you are at my side; your rod and staff give me courage.” Psalm 24:4
bhoy was packing his diapers and wipes. we were told he needed them more than the usual pasalubong of his favorite chocolate bars and chocolate drink.
but we were a day too late. Daddy passed away on the 21st of december 2009. suddenly, the holiday season we were supposed to come home to and celebrate with the family, was never the same again.
Daddy was eagerly waiting for us. i was told he was staring at each face as if he was trying to see if we finally arrived. he wanted to stay on, but he was already too much in pain. in fact, he was already too weak to even wait for one more day. and as mommy left for just a minute to go to the comfort room, and ella dozed off for almost the same time, the angel of death sneaked in, and took Daddy away…forever.
no words can ever describe the overwhelming fusion of emotions. no amount of tears can ever wash away the pain. no length of time can ever make me forget. and not even death can take away the love we have for Daddy.
i know i have never said this to him, though i really wish i could have. but i love him very much. more than he’ll ever know.
as we take the flight back to khobar, and as the lights in the plane were turned off, the tears rolled on my cheeks as the memories of my whole life unfold. i realized i am me because of Daddy. and i will never be the same again without him.
it’s going to be a lonely journey from hereon. but i believe that God knows what’s best for all of us, and that my fervent prayer will always be that by God’s grace and mercy, Daddy rests in His loving embrace free from all the pain and suffering of this world.
thank you Daddy.
for my life, for your love, and the fish flower plates…