A year ago, the family heard mass for the last time with my Lola on her birthday. It was just a small group. I remember serving during that mass and at the end, Lola thanks each and everyone who dropped by to pray with her. She was always the type of person who would never forget to say thank you.
Towards the last few months of her life, I would be one of the people who would accompany her while walking. I'd always offer my right arm to guide my Lola and she would always say thank you afterwards. Even in the hospital, she would never fail to say thanks to the nurses.
Last Saturday, as I was watching MMK, I couldn't help but miss her when I saw Bea Alonzo portraying her. Bea did a great job in being mahinhin and she had that kind face just like my Lola. I know how much of a loving mom she was to my mom and her siblings. If you watched the show, she played mom and dad since Lolo Ninoy took care of the country. That was the split, family-Cory, country-Ninoy. Pretty tough huh?
Yesterday, I went to the Cory SWATCH watch launch at the Ayala Museum and there was this flash presentation of he pictures. I saw a picture of me with my Lola and she was carrying me. I felt sad and happy at the same time. It has always been like that. Happiness and Sadness contradicting each other. I miss Lola very much but at the same time you feel that happiness since so many people love her.
Today, I went to work, and I went to mass at lunch. I prayed for Lola on her special day. It's the first time I don't have a card for her on Jan 25. But I guess this time, it's just a small tribute in remembering her on her birthday. She would have been 77.
Happy Birthday Lola. I love you and I miss you everyday... Thanks again for everything! I know you're spending it for the first time with Lolo after so many years. Please say hi to him for me...