Father’s Dilemma

What will make a teenager feel better after a sudden breakup? Maybe good food? I stared at our almost full kitchen cabinet pondering what to cook for my daughter with a broken heart. I can feel mine throbbing too. If only her mom was still here, maybe she can say the right healing words toContinue reading “Father’s Dilemma”

First Prayer

A chain smoker. A decade-long drug addict. An abusive and unfaithful husband. An irresponsible father. Yes. That’s me. It is surely surprising for you to see me here. Seating in the middle of your holy house. Honestly, I never planned to go to you. I have never went to you, in fact. Maybe the firstContinue reading “First Prayer”

The Empty Box

If his hand is a tiled floor, a lot would accidentally fall. “Chill, love.” I assured him Dad will be delighted to know her first princess is finally engaged. But his hand, which gripped mine nervously, is so wet with his sweat. “So what’s the big news?”Dad asked as he take his seat. “Sir. Uhm,Continue reading “The Empty Box”

First Fly

“That’s your daddy, little man!” My mom-heart swells when the eyes of my four-year old sparked in delight as he watched his father fly the red helicopter for the first time. From playing toy planes, now my beloved husband is flying his real one. “Let’s go, Momma! Come on!!!” he giddily say as he pulled me towards our condo’s door where weContinue reading “First Fly”

Like Father, Like Son

The familiar high-pitched screech of tires, the familiar loud cheers of race enthusiasts, welcomed me as if it was just yesterday. Two decades ago, my heart’s racing as the man who owns it zooms for his dream trophy. Now my old beating ticker’s jittery again, this time for our beloved son. My love lost both–Continue reading “Like Father, Like Son”

Meeting the Parents

Palms perspiring uncontrollably, heart throbbing ceaselessly, what’s wrong with me? My one-year boyfriend will introduce me to his parents today. He said it’s their golden anniversary and despite being separated for almost two decades, his mom eagerly waited for her dad’s come back. Thus, the grand celebration with a photo display in the old-yet-still-famous PhotoContinue reading “Meeting the Parents”

The Remote

Today’s dad’s 50th birthday and we, his four naughty kids (we’re adults now) have a very special surprise for him — made possible by our sneaky youthful moves and sincere decade-long siblings-secret pact. “Happy birthday dad!” we sing in chorus as we give our heavy birthday present. “Remember when you buy remote batteries almost everyday?”Continue reading “The Remote”

The Gift

After 30 minutes of stillness inside this steaming, stinky bus, I promised myself I won’t ride an ordinary bus again. I almost went off until I hear someone quietly sobbing. The man beside me, a construction worker (I think) wearing dirty green chinos and old faded jeans silently cries as he clutches a plastic bagContinue reading “The Gift”

The Wake

I should be sad after the call has ended, but I am not, surely not. “Your father is dead.” ‘Oh’, is the only word I was able to say. “His remains will be at the Grace Baptist Church starting tonight.” “Okay.” “Will you be there?” “I might.” “We hope to see you.” “I will try.Continue reading “The Wake”