It’s been almost a week since Father’s day, but today I had a chance to come visit my father after almost 10 years.
Papa has been supportive with most of my endeavor. On my childhood days, I used to go to his hardware store and learn the business. I used to stay on weekends helping out selling, or doing just about anything to help out.
I took shopper’s orders and prepping them up for delivery. It can be anything from weighing nails to just bringing anything for customers.
When I last saw him, although a little bit weaker, he could still manage to walk by himself and go to the Park to meet his buddies. Age has caught up with his struggling childhood during the second World War, his strong body has been weakened quite a bit and being helped out by a private nurse.
I had mixed emotions as I saw him transcend from the stairs being helped out. I am blessed by God with a good father. Although he has his weaknesses, like all of us, but he made sure we had a good education and the right ‘tools’ to become successful in life. He did not want us to take the path that he had growing up.
I don’t know but I sensed that it’s not the same with him. I think the burden of his weakening body has frustrated him a bit. Sensing from what he says, I think he feels entrapped in his own home and not being able to go to places he used to go to. Compound that with the fact that I think most of his friends has now been gone. So the peer camraderie that he used to have is not there anymore.
I’m grateful to God for being able to have a father like Papa. If anything else, I think I got the benefit of having similar feature and that’s how most people get to learn about me.
I remember the days of watching soccer with him at Rizal Colizeum. Even though it’s a boring game for me, I remember how he gets excited with each goal that the team he supports will make. That’s why next to basketball, soccer has been the next favorite sports for me.
I wanted to become a doctor when I was growing up, but he discouraged me and made me take engineering. I think it was God’s direction as well. I do think I could become a doctor, but I don’t think I would be happy doing it. I have been very technical even at an early age, so I ended up graduating as a Chemical Engineer who then turned to become a computer specialist.
I’m trying to cherish every moment that I had with him now. Life is like a flickering light. A blow of the wind could take it away. Thank you Lord.